The last two months have been very hectic, taking care of the animals, preparing land for planting, and preparing the land for hurricane Lane.
First Steps Are the Hardest
FPG Sanctuary has had our ups and downs this summer. We've needed to provide extra special care to the new lava flow rescues. We are preparing our first gardening model. Then hurricane Lane stopped by for a visit.
We have put together a video newsletter, which contains more information about our recent activities. You can watch the entire video, or use the links below to jump to a section. Here is a summary of the topics covered:
Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary held a free spay/neuter clinic in Kea'au on August 18. We took the two lava flow puppies, Winnie and Lion, to the event. They spayed Winnie and neutered Lion. Thank you to Rainbow Friends for offering a free spay/neuter clinic.
One of the pigs, Blue, was having trouble using its back legs. Dr. Harvath dewormed all four piglets against hookworm. We were seeing some improvement in Blue in the course of the following week, but then we found it one morning dead with bite marks on the side. It seems the other pigs may have killed the pig and were starting to eat it. Since the pigs were wild, we do not know their nutrition history. As a result, we switched their feed to grower's feed, mixed with soy milk replacer. The remaining pigs are doing much better now.
With thanks to donors, we have purchased fencing for the chickens. We now have the hens in the chicken house, with the roosters patrolling the pasture. The sheep have mowed the pasture so the roosters can pick out the seeds the sheep have left behind.
Two of the sheep, Sara and Ruth, were suffering from what seemed like a selenium deficiency. Hawaii Island Humane Society, who helped rescue the sheep from the lava flow, could not locate the owners at the time of rescue. Like with the pigs, we do not know what they ate prior to the lava flow emergency, or while they were stuck on an island of earth, surrounded by lava. Despite intravenous saline solution, dewormer, hand feeding mineral salts and softened alfalfa pellets, these two sheep still passed away. The remaining two sheep, Caleb and Eve, are doing well, and are continuing to get alfalfa pellets with sheep-specific mineral supplements, which includes selenium, to augment the grazing.
Thank you to the donors who provided us with plants and cuttings. We have received a variety of banana plants, lilikoi (passion fruit), peanut grass, spearmint, tarragon, spinach, and chayote, among others. If you would like to bring us plants that can grow in zones 10-11, please contact FPG Sanctuary at 808-968-7161, or contact us.
Kenn Andersen and Rob Cole both received their Permaculture Design Certificates. For about 18 months, they studied permaculture best practices with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia, led by Geoff Lawton.
FPG Sanctuary ran a donation table at two stores in Hilo in August. Both Safeway and Del's Farm Supply permitted us to reach out to the community, gain name recognition, and let them know about the work we are doing.
In preparation for hurricane Lane, FPG Sanctuary secured the animal shelters and greenhouses. Nearly 47 inches (1.2 meters) of rain fell in just a three-day period. Our driveway got washed out, and even a week later, we are trying to repair it.