Don Yamasaki

Men cultivate garden of eatin’

They call themselves the League of Ordinary Gentlemen. But they’re making an extraordinary contribution to the community. In the past year, Virgil Traynor, Bart Ruud and a group ...

Rookie plantsmen till land to stock larder

A year ago, it was pastureland with horses grazing contentedly in the shade of a row of liquidambars. But then someone planted the seed of an idea to turn that patch of unproducti ...

Pumpkin growers relish the ultimate challenge

Dreams of growing a winning giant pumpkin are not just a lot of pie in the sky. When that several-hundred-pound fruit is offloaded by forklift onto the judging platform at the Aub ...

Pumpkin seeds are the stuff of big dreams for ambitious local growers

You’ve got to be crazy to do it, according to garden guru Don Yamasaki, but this week pumpkin enthusiasts will begin their months-long journey to glory. It’s that time of yea ...