Down on the farm on Kauai

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Common Ground Kauai is a 83-acre agricultural campus on the north shore of Kauai.
Common Ground Kauai is a 83-acre agricultural campus on the north shore of Kauai. Photo Credit: Common Ground Kauai

Common Ground Kauai, an 83-acre agricultural campus on Kauai's north shore, offers visitors farm tours, easy access to Kilauea Stone Dam, a lounge and a restaurant that will be coming soon.

The concept for Common Ground was created in 2018 and is based on regenerative practices, with the mission of creating a space for conversations centered around food. It first opened in 2021 but then closed because of the pandemic. It has now fully resumed farm tours and has added lounge nights. 

Gary Moore, president of Common Ground Kauai, said that for the full experience, guests should arrive around 2 p.m. to take a quick hike to the picturesque Kilauea Stone Dam before going on the farm tour. 

The dam was built in the late 1800s during the sugar plantation era and it has since become a serene, meditative spot to visit. It's only half a mile from Common Ground's property, and they also offer guided tours of there to learn more about the sugar plantation days.

After returning from the dam, visitors can go on the farm tour, which runs Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It's designed to teach guests about agroforests by taking them through one.

The farm tour educates visitors on agroforestry.
The farm tour educates visitors on agroforestry. Photo Credit: Common Ground Kauai

"It's a regenerative form of agriculture where there are literally rows of trees, and the way it's structured is that you have the various fruits and vegetables that are protected in certain layers; vines grow up and you run cattle and chickens through for fertilization," said Moore. "The regenerative aspect, whatever you have growing, cucumbers or cherry tomatoes, they move through the cycle naturally very much like what happens in the Amazon forest." 

After the tour, guests can join in a sunset lounge night, which happens on select dates. There's wine, beer, locally sourced food and live local entertainment. 

Visitors can also browse a retail and farm shop for local goods, and next year, Common Ground expects to renovate the closed restaurant on its property.

"The full vision of Common Ground is to really create a platform, a place where people can gather," Moore said.

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