Dubb gets Fruity.
A week or so ago, Dave Hubbard popped up a little post on the socials about his volunteer work with, and passionate affection for Artocarpus altilis, otherwise known as Breadfruit. Our knowledge of breadfruit extends only as far as knowing Captain William Bligh was tasked with transporting some from Tahiti to Jamaica when the mutiny on the Bounty went down in 1789, so we hit up Dubb for a wee chat about his interests and work with the large fruit.
What motivated you to begin volunteering at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii?
My passion for breadfruit lead me to answer an open call for volunteers at the NTBG. I had heard of the the NTBG’s involvement with breadfruit and I knew that one day I would be connected there somehow. To be welcomed in as a volunteer and the opportunities I have had there has been a dream come true.
What is the Breadfruit Institute and what are they about?
It is a organization within the NTBG. Their mission is to promote the conservation, study, and use of breadfruit for food and reforestation. So they work to educate and bring awareness about breadfruit and its potential. They also work to distribute breadfruit globally by partnering with various agencies and organizations. They also maintain several living collections of many different breadfruit varieties.
Was there something in particular that attracted you to work with breadfruit?
Breadfruit is an amazing. It has many uses, from medicinal, material, cultural, and of course it is an extremely abundant food source. I also find it extremely beautiful; its leaves, the way it grows and, to me – it really represents ‘vast and exciting possibilities’.
What was behind the decision to donate a percentage of the sales from your DubZero swimfins to the Breadfruit Institute?
As a consumer, I’m attracted to companies who have donations built in to their business or products. As a product designer, I wanted to bring as many positive characteristics as I could into my product.
Tell us about the work the Kauai independent food bank does?
They exist to help feed those on our island who are hungry or vulnerable to scarcity. They do a tremendous job bringing the community together to support this vision.
Can you see yourself pursuing this interest as a career in some for into the future, or is it just a hobby?
I’ve often thought of some of the roles I’ve volunteered in as a possible career path, but ultimately it’s still just a passion and a hobby. But I’ve been able to make a career out of my passion for bodyboarding, so I guess its not out of the realm of possibilities.