Mari’s Gardens is an 18-acre aquaponics and hydroponics farm located in Mililani on the island of O‘ahu, Hawaii. Their mission is to promote sustainable living, organic urban farming, and buying local through soil-less agricultural techniques. They are dedicated to practicing sustainable methods of farming through aquaponics and hydroponics in order to grow a variety of vegetables, fruits, and fish. They also offer farm tours, farm to plate dinners in the garden, nursery plants, landscaping services, as well as aquaponic and hydroponic systems.
Mari’s welcomes students, teachers and chaperones to take an educational journey through The Gardens with their knowledgeable and professional tour guides. Guests also then join in on some of the activities to manage a farm. In 2017 they hosted over 4,000 students at the farm!
Visitor to the farm can also discover and explore the wonderful world of soilless farming with their knowledgeable staff guiding you through the gardens. This is a brief 45 minute overview and tour of the farm. The tour is designed to educate and spark new ideas and renew interests in locally grown foods as guests gain a deeper understanding of Hawaii’s food systems and the impact it has on society.
Want more? Get an exclusive Behind-The-Scenes tour of their aquaponic facility. This 1 hour and 30 minutes tour grants you access to all of their food production systems. Their tour guides are working members of the farm’s many operations; visitors are treated to the ‘inside scoop’ with information coming from first-hand experience. See what it takes to run a commercial aquaponic farm from experts in this field!
Read more about the future of urban farms, gardens, and urban planning in the Food Travel issue of Destinations Travel & Lifestyles – HERE!