December 7, 2018 (Big Island Now)—Small-scale farmers and home gardeners in Hawai‘i now have an additional option for purchasing locally produced seeds.
The Hawai‘i Seed Growers Network, a statewide group of seed producers organized and supported by The Kohala Center’s Hawai‘i Public Seed Initiative program, officially launched its online store on Dec. 4, 2017. Customers can pre-order 2018 seed varieties online, with orders shipping in late December.
November 13, 2017 (U.S. Department of Agriculture Blog)—It takes the right amount of water and sunlight for seeds to grow into a thriving garden. So too, it takes the right mix of factors to integrate local foods into communities. Some of these factors include committed stakeholders, planning, collaboration, and financial resources.
Hawaii offers two successful examples of how federal funds can seed local agencies in the cultivation of their community food system goals. Kona Pacific Public Charter School & Friends of Kona Pacific Public Charter School (Kona Pacific) and The Kohala Center, Inc. (TKC) collaborate to advance their shared goals of improving student and community health, the regional agricultural economy, ecological understanding and a connection to native Hawaiian culture.
November 1, 2017 (National Institute of Food and Agriculture)—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support to develop local and self-reliant food systems, such as farm to table enterprises, which bring nutritious food to low-income communities. This funding is available through NIFA’s Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
October 20, 2017 (Honolulu Civil Beat)—Students in Lori Kwee’s fourth grade class at Ala Wai Elementary in Honolulu began a recent school garden lesson by discussing the meaning of “aina,” or land, segueing outdoors where they planted cuttings of uala, or sweet potato, then finally sampling the purple flesh of an Okinawan sweet potato.
October 19, 2017 (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)—The Akamai Workforce Initiative, through the Hawaii Community Foundation, the North Kohala Community Resource Center-Kohala Elementary School Discovery Garden and the Kohala Center Inc. are the three recipients of this year’s Bank of Hawaii Foundation Monty Richards Hawaii Island Community Leadership Award.
October 17, 2017 (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)—The Hawaii Island Food Alliance and KTA Super Stores will celebrate National Food Day from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 24 at KTA’s Puainako, Waimea and Keauhou locations. Food Day aims to support and promote local food and farmers, as well as healthy foods, healthy eating and safe food handling.
October 1, 2017 (KITV)—October is Farm to School month and a project on Hawaii Island highlights how students are able to eat locally grown produce.