Entries by liam

Hawaii’s Big Island could improve public transit with technology, study says

July 11, 2014 (Pacific Business News)—Hawaii’s Big Island could improve residents’ access to public transportation by using Google and other technology to attract more riders, according to a study by the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources. The Kohala Center on the Big Island commissioned the study to find out of the island can reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. » Read more

Saving Seeds For Our Future

June 23, 2014 (Edible Hawaiian Islands)—Perhaps you have a few acres in Pāhoa, or maybe just some papaya trees and a couple of small planting beds in your cramped Honolulu backyard. You can still take steps toward more sustainable living by learning how to save your own seeds. » Read more

Symposium showcases school garden benefits

June 9, 2014 (West Hawaii Today)—The hands teach the brain. This simple but often unrecognized fact was the centerpiece of discussions in Waimea on Saturday about how the island’s school gardens are helping students learn —  along with providing healthy fuel for the body and brain. “The hand is our greatest tool. You get that […]

Something Good Is Sprouting Up In The School Yard

June 2, 2014 (Edible Hawaiian Islands)—A resurgence of school gardens in Hawai‘i isn’t just connecting students with the joy of getting dirty. The growing renaissance of outdoor learning is bringing a holistic awareness of health and nutrition to students and their families. What the kids learn at school translates into the home, where long-term changes […]

Let’s get our keiki into the garden

June 1, 2014 (West Hawaii Today)—You may remember when most of our vegetables and fruit came in cans with colorful labels or were frozen into boxes available in the freezer section of the grocery store. As youngsters, we may have imagined that vegetables came from cans or boxes rather than out of the ground from […]

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 […]