- Co-founded the Hawaii Island Hemp Council that advocated for hemp as a replacement for sugar cane in the 1990s,
- Coordinated the statewide farmers hemp effort, which culminated in the passage of Senate Bill 2659 in 2016, establishing Hawaii State’s program for growing hemp.
- Advised the University of Hawaii on how to amend soil for optimal hemp grow during 2015 pilot project, which was a significant success. Only farmer in the State invited to project launch and planting of the industrial hemp.
- Featured in Edible Hawaii magazine (on-line and print) as long-time advocate for industrial hemp,
For 30+ years our farmer, Clarence (Cab) Baber, has actively advocated for Hawaii farmers to be able to grow industrial hemp because he knows hemp can play a pivotal role in re-creating a sustainable Hawaii as well as providing a very viable and potentially very lucrative crop for Hawaii farmers. Hemp can also help restore former sugar cane lands, including helping to imobilize herbicides and other toxics.
In 2015, Clarence advised the University of Hawaii on how to amend soil for optimal hemp grow during a pilot project, which was a significant success.
He was the only farmer in the State invited to project launch and planting of the industrial hemp.
Master Organic Farmer
- 35+ years farming in Hawaii
- Co-founder Hawaii Organic Farmers Association (HOFA)
- Expert with microorganisms and probiotics in farming. On-island EM Bokashi producer for 18 years.
- Soil building and growing methods increase typical yields by 30%.
- Established largest organic tomato operation in the State.
- Created first salad mix on the island in 1990's,"Salad Spraker", using cancer curing herbs.
- Regenerative, organic soil and plant fertility and pest management. Often called in for serious challenges others have not been able to solve organically. Using local inputs for soil building supports local economy.
- Excellent seed production, cloning, and breeding experience.
- Developed pruning techniques that increase quality and production that are becoming the standard in many grow operations.