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Farm to school effort gets roots

October 11, 2015 (West Hawaii Today)—A proclamation from Gov. David Ige declaring October Farm to School Month was delivered Thursday by his representative Susan Kim at Kona Pacific Public Charter School, kicking off the campaign in West Hawaii. Through a partnership with the USDA and Food Corp, area schools are developing gardens and accompanying curriculum […]

Big Island Green

If your goal in 2014 is to join the many knowledgeable farmers on the Big Island helping to increase our self-sufficiency, you’re in luck. A new Farmer Training Program on the Big Island, Ku I Ka Mana (KIKM), was hatched in 2012 thanks to funding from the USDA and matching monies from the County of Hawaii.

Laulima Center Grant Aimed at Cooperatives, Small Businesses

A Big Island non-profit center will be the recipient of a federal grant designed to help cooperatives and small businesses serve rural citizens and their communities. Laulima Center, a component of The Kohala Center, will receive $200,000 under the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program.

Saving seeds offers many benefits

October 27, 2013 (West Hawaii Today)—The 10th annual West Hawaii Fall Seed Exchange is scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook. The exchange is an excellent opportunity for farmers and gardeners to get together, network with one another, share growing information and trade seeds, huli and […]

Annual seed exchange celebrates Arbor Day (Nov. 1-3)

October 23, 2013 (Hawaii 24/7)—The 10th Annual West Hawaii Seed Exchange is Nov. 1-3 at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook. This year the garden’s traditional event also includes an Arbor Day celebration, tree giveaway, expert advice, and a program for students. » Read more

Update on the world’s largest seed banks

There are roughly 100,000 global plant varieties endangered in the world. Extreme weather events, over-exploitation of ecosystems, habitat loss, and a lack of public awareness threaten future plant biodiversity.