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Hawaii Island Schools May Get More Local Produce

May 8, 2014 (Hawai‘i Public Radio)—The Hawaii Island School Garden Network has a goal of exposing students around the island to the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables. Generally that means the kids grow food in the school garden. But the Garden Network is looking at bringing in local fruits and vegetables another way, too. […]

Konawaena Brings School Garden Harvest to the Cafeteria

May 7, 2014 (Big Island Weekly)—Konawaena High School’s Rebecca Crabtree chose a senior project that will keep giving long after she has graduated. Inspired by her mother’s recollection of her high school salad bar, Crabtree and a crew of peers and teachers revamped a garden plot left behind from a student who graduated last year. […]

USDA program brings local produce to local schools

May 6, 2014 (West Hawaii Today)—On the mainland, big farms can find ways to sell their produce to small school districts, but with the situation reversed in Hawaii, local farmers sometimes find it difficult to get their products to the state’s large public district, says Nancy Redfeather, program director of Hawaii Island School Garden Network. […]

Study Examines Hawaii’s Organic Food Industry

May 5, 2014 (Hawai‘i Public Radio)—An organic certification is a way for customers to make sure the food they’re buying fits certain standards. But that can be challenging for many farmers here in Hawaii, especially since the state has no locally-based certifier. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on a recent study that takes a closer look […]

School garden events focus on professional development

KAMUELA, Hawai‘i—April 10, 2014—Online registration is now available for a weeklong series of educational events for school garden educators, teachers, and others passionate about improving student wellness, cognitive development, and engaging deeper learning. Taking place June 7–12 in Waimea on Hawai‘i Island, the four professional development events focus on the effectiveness of school gardens as an instructional strategy for […]

Classes in the Garden

April 9, 2014 (West Hawaii Today)—Thanks to the hard work of teachers, families and friends, students at Waimea Middle School now have an outdoor garden classroom. As part of local efforts to connect Hawaii’s children with fresh and nutritious food, the volunteers helped build the new Malama Keiki Edible Garden, where students can pick fresh produce and learn how to prepare flavorful, […]

A Younger Value

A new anthology grapples with the big questions. April 1, 2014 (Honolulu Magazine)—When Randall W. Roth’s The Price of Paradise came out in the early ‘90s, it was one of the first books to really focus on the harsh realities of life in Hawai‘i. Essays about the smoke and mirrors of Hawai‘i’s government spending, the ballooning population, the high cost of living, […]

Young farmer inspires teens through ag internship

March 25, 2014 (West Hawaii Today)—As a boy, Max Bowman didn’t have a burning desire to become a farmer. After graduating from Honokaa High School in 2004, Bowman attended the University of Redlands in California, where he earned an English degree. He discovered a passion for agriculture during his senior year there, after taking some classes […]

Plant it Forward

March 5, 2014 (Big Island Weekly)—A growth spurt of school gardens on the Big Island may seem like a recent trend, but it’s a resurgence of something that was once a no brainer in Hawaii’s schools. Outdoor classrooms in the form of school gardens were commonplace in Hawaii’s schools until the late 1960s, yet somehow […]

Bay Watch: Tread lightly when visiting Hawai‘i Island’s Kahalu‘u Bay

March/April 2014 (AAA Hawai‘i Magazine)—I sucked in a big breath and dived down to get closer to the industrious little blue, magenta, and yellow fish darting around the coral head, nipping at the larger reef fish that kept approaching it. Why did the bigger fish keep coming back only to get nipped again? They weren’t masochists, […]