Biochar! Check it out!!

Hi Friends!! It has been so long since I posted. Tonight we went to an amazing presentation by Josiah Hunt, the owner/CEO/director of Pacific Biochar (see pacificbiochar.com). He has been making biochar since 2007 or so. Having just 5% of biochar in your soil can increase production by 17-25%! It was a great presentation!

The presentation was at Hawaiian Sanctuary and is part of a yearlong series. This is the third one I have been to. 

Hey friends!

These are exciting times at the Aloha Garden of Peace! I (Rachel) have been home for almost 3 weeks now and we are making steady progress!

I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mark and I visited with friends and enjoyed lunch and dinner at two different parties. At the first one, a good friend of ours encouraged us strongly to be getting free mulch every day that we go into Hilo. We agreed that we need to do this, and in addition, have mulch delivered to us to fill in some big pukas (holes).

We built a dog house for Honua, (a puppy Mark got in July) using materials on hand: pallets, plywood, metal roofing, 2x4s, a tray, and a synthetic dog bed.

We set up a cooking station and have been cooking 1 meal per day, often including rice, lentils, soup, & veggies. We are still having raw fruit for breakfast and sandwiches for lunch.

I walk Honua almost every night, usually about 2 miles, sometimes 3 miles if there is time.

When I got back to the Big Island, I found that Mark had set up our camping tent (which lets in ventilation and light! YAY!) under a carport with a tarp. Our camping tent is situated on an 8 X 8 platform about 18 inches off the ground. Inside are two mattresses, making for a comfortable bed. Best of all, we can wake up early and see the sunrise from our bed!

Monday of this week, Mark cut several (maybe 10?) trees down with his chainsaw. While working with him near the front of our property, I was eager to have a home for all our tools, so I suggested that the next day we repurpose our Big Max Garden Shed for… TOOLS! It took all day yesterday, but we began and made significant progress on this project. We got all the tools out of our big tent and all the stuff that was in the garden shed out. What to do with the large plywood box that Mark had made for our bed was pondered. We decided to put top of the bed against the wall and stand the bed frame upright near the door on the right as you enter. The bed frame that Mark built is now a garden tool closet! Today’s work when I get home is to get our garden tools out from under our big tent and put them away in their new home. Also wonderful was that I was able to merge and organize all of Mark’s tools and my tools. This is huge :)! Another major benefit of this is that the aisles of our big tent are much better! I am so grateful!

Another news item is that very soon I will have a nursing website through my brother Gabriel’s Share the Practice server up and running!

Much love to all of you!

Rachel and Mark McClintick

Rachel, Castro Valley, CA – 8/13/2014
I wrote this testimony on Saturday, in the middle of a contra dance weekend. (Contra dancing is similar American square dancing, but in long lines instead of in squares.)

I experienced Love’s grace tonight! Just before lunch, while contra dancing with 300 other people, I fell hard, so it seemed, on the gym floor. It took me a while to really be pain free, but I danced the whole day, anyway, and didn’t miss one dance (except for when I helped set up snacks). Every dance has one partner and lots of neighbors. With every partner and every neighbor that I danced with, I asked how they were. When they asked me, I answered honestly that I was grateful to be there, that God is so very GOOD and Life is great and I was thrilled and delighted to be dancing! By the beginning of the evening dance, I could tell the partner that I was dancing with before lunch that I was completely pain free! He and several others rejoiced with me in this freedom. I was also bold enough to voice the Truth to those with challenges that they seemed to be dealing with. God is sooo good!! I thank God for the strength and grace to dance and my mother for her support and prayers! Now as it is after 1 am, it is high time I went to sleep! There will be another 12 hours of dancing tomorrow!!! Much love and gratitude to God and the UNIVERSE!!

Epilogue: I was able to enjoy the dancing Sunday as well, again completely pain free. This alone was quite a demonstration as many dancers would sometimes tell me of their [seeming] pain. As mentioned before, I boldly shared the Truth with them and they told me that they appreciated the help.

Thank you so much for these GLOBAL, all-encompassing services!! I love them so much and I am sooo grateful that the time allotted to listen to the replay has been extended!! Thanks again!

Update :)

Hello Friends!

It has been a long time, again, since a post!

This past spring, Mark and I were together on a Christian Science nursing case, 24/7. One of us would get a break once a week for about 24 hours. We were on that case from early February until mid April. We escorted our client to San Francisco and stayed over for a 2 1/2 week surprise vacation. While in CA, visiting my parents, I learned of a position that I had to apply for. It fit me so well, that I couldn’t pass it up. So now I am the director of a new childcare program for children of staff at Fern Lodge, a Christian Science nursing facility. I love children and Fern Lodge and here is an opportunity to be with both!

Mark flew home to Hawaii May 5 and is working and building on our land. Mark and I stay in touch by phone and FaceTime, and Facebook.

Love to all of you!

It has been a long time with no post and we apologize! The past month (since Sat. Dec. 28), we have frequently been going up the mountain to a man who has been selling a lot of soil, lumber, and odds and ends (he is relocating). We have brought home 4 pickup truck loads of soil, 5 potting beds, a hot tub, a 3 x 6 window, and several loads of lumber.

With these building materials, and the fact that it seems whatever gets planted then is pulled up by birds, Mark decided that it was time to build a greenhouse. We looked into the cost of a new greenhouse and they are almost $2K! This summer, a neighbor gave us 3 large pieces of visquine, so we are going to try and make our own greenhouse space. The picture below was taken from our drive, looking at where the greenhouse will be. Max (where our bedroom is currently) is up on a platform with a roof that goes from the ridge to the North. We need to build the Southern half of the roof (from Max’s ridge to the South and put our solar panels up on that section. So that is what we have been doing lately! If you look closely at the center of the picture, you may see a line in the ground. That line marks where we have begun to take up soil and roots (about 5 inches). Hopefully, we’ll continue until it is all taken up!


Lastly, I would like to share with you how excited I am that today has been a sunny day with clouds and wind. We have discovered that the best way to ensure the showers get nice and warm, even hot, is to fill them early, place on the hood of our truck, and move them frequently. We are going to have hot showers today!!



We had a beautiful Christmas morning at home (breakfast was apple sapote: sweet, tart, crunchy, & easy to peel). We enjoyed the online Christian Science service (www.christianscience.com) with the help of the Wifi from the community center. We enjoyed doing video calls with both Rachel and Mark’s family, also with the help of the Wifi from the community center 🙂
We went to a potluck that started around 11 am. Mark learned to change the oil on our truck while Rachel was in the kitchen cooking/food prep with Laura. As you can see from Mark’s plate, there were five vegan dishes (corn spoon bread, beets, beans, mashed potatoes, & oven-baked sweet and regular potatoes) that we enjoyed immensely. We ate around 4 pm. I made a raw fruit pie with
-a freshly ground pecan crust (thanks Evelyn!)
-mamay sapote
-egg fruit
-black sapote
-mamay sapote blended with cocoa powder
-star fruit and pecan sprinkles to garnish

The other guests left just before 7 pm. Our host John was very interested in the Bible, religions, and history and invited us upstairs and we got to chatting. We finally left around 11 pm. What a full and wonderful day!

Just a few pics of the raw fruit pie we made and our delicious dinner…

Love you all!!




New Ulu Tree!


On Thanksgiving, our church member Pansy invited us to come to her house if we would like an ulu tree, asking if we didn’t mind digging it up. We said we’d LOVE to have a breadfruit tree and digging it up would be no problem.

We got to her house about 3 pm yesterday, and she and her husband Jim showed us the trees they were hoping to be freed from. The tree pictured above was growing under it’s parent’s shadow. It took us 3 hours of digging, but we did it! We loaded the tree just before it got really dark. Jim and their son Julien helped with the final digging and loading into our truck. Thank you Pansy, Jim, and Julien for the beautiful tree and the help getting it up and out!

We got home and planted it right away (in the dark) in a compost pile of mac nut shells and pieces* and a little soil. (*We got the mac shells from a business that makes mac nut biodiesel. They couldn’t use the shells and pieces because it had gotten wet and was molding and shared with us for free :)!) Because we got the tree so close to Thanksgiving, we named the tree Gratitulu, Tulu for short :)!

The picture above was taken this morning around 7 am.

Very Tall Bouquet!


Not every girl gets a bouquet taller than her for her special day! Thank you Mark and Marvin, the banana man who gave us the flowers! We are grateful!!

3 acres for sale for $20K


Dear Friends, Family, and Readers,

Directly across the road from us is 3 acres of land for sale! Wouldn’t you like to be our neighbors?!?! 🙂 If you are interested, give them a call! The land is on road 6, in Hawaiian Acres, just down from F towards G.

The Hawaiian name for Road 6 is the same as the rough lava, O`oa`a , pronounced Oh-oh! Ah-ah!, probably because that is what you would sound like if you tried to walk on the rough and very porous lava. Funny enough, Hawaiian Acres has very little O`oa`a lava. We have plenty of Pahoehoe lava. Pahoehoe is MUCH more solid, and sometimes looks very ropy, like a lot of ropes squeezed up together.

Below is a picture of pahoehoe (pronounced pa-hoy-hoy) lava


Unloading is complete!

We finished unloading our container about two hours before our deadline with the help of two friends this morning. We had some truck troubles yesterday and the day before (dead battery AND keys locked in the truck) but both were overcome. We are grateful to our neighbor Andrew for charging our battery this morning and for Andrew and Noel’s help in unloading the second half of the tubs. A couple of days ago (Sunday), Mark and I unloaded the 1st half of tubs and shelves; it took us the better part of a whole day’s work without the help of the truck.

After the empty container was picked up, we went into Hilo to purchase two more white extra heavy duty tarps and do LOTS of laundry (it ended being about 7 loads worth)! I am looking forward to being able to do our own at home!

Quite remarkable was the weather these past 5 days. We had no rain during the day and very little at night the whole week! Such a blessing! It rained when we were framing the floor joists (with Brent’s help!) and putting the plywood on the day before the container arrived, but the plywood had a chance to dry completely by mid morning. It really was a blessing that the lumber was water logged, because our inclination was to make the floor as tight as possible! The first real rain (during the day) after the container came was around noon or 1pm today (5 days later), after all furnishings had found cover! To top it off, the moon has been amazingly beautiful, bright, full, and encouraging as we worked into the night with headlamps on.

I (Rachel) was knowing that no matter what the weather turned out to be and no matter what condition our stuff arrived in, God is in control! A few pieces of furniture need some glue, and some got marked up a little, but in the big picture, none of that matters so much. We are grateful to be here and grateful that our stuff is here too.

Two upcoming projects are to build a roof for our solar panels and to sort and put away all the 18 gallon Rubbermaid “roughneck totes” that were shipped. Peace and blessings to all!!