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Big Island a model for farm-to-school efforts

May 10, 2015 (Hawaii Tribune Herald)—At Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School, kids get excited about purple carrots. Purple carrots are attention-grabbers, so in a sense this is unsurprising. But at the charter school there’s an extra element of thrill. Laupahoehoe’s students are involved in every aspect of growing the veggies, from planting tiny seeds in the school garden to harvesting crunchy snacks. The purple carrots are all their own.
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FoodCorps recruiting service members for local initiatives

January 22, 2015 (Big Island Now)—FoodCorps, a national organization that addresses childhood obesity and food insecurity in underserved communities, is recruiting service members throughout Hawai‘i who are passionate about teaching children about healthy food and where it comes from, as well as expanding hands-on nutrition education programs.
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Honaunau receives grant for garden

December 17, 2014 (West Hawaii Today)—Honaunau Elementary School recently received a $2,500 grant from the Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network to support a part-time coordinator for its learning garden program. Started by garden educator Melissa Chivers in 2008, Honaunau Elementary’s school garden is currently staffed by FoodCorps Hawai‘i service member Jessica Sobocinski and part-time garden educator Malani Souza.
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How this teen’s quest to define ‘sustainability’ changed state law

October 17, 2014 (The Tyee)—When Trevor Tanaka was in Grade 11, he had a life-changing realization. It came after he entered an essay contest asking him to describe why “sustainability” is important. “It should have been easy,” he said. But in trying to define one ecological buzzword all he could think of were others. His essay was a series of generalizations about things like clean energy and organic food. “I really had no idea what I was writing about,” he said. “That’s when I decided, wow, I should really look into this.”
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