Homegrown and healthy: Farm to school bill passes

July 13, 2015 (Hawaii Tribune Herald)—Big Island schools are one step closer to getting homegrown meals in their cafeterias. SB 376, a bill creating a statewide farm to school program, was signed into law this week by Gov. David Ige after unanimously passing both legislative chambers in May. The bill also funds a one-year program coordinator position in the Department of Agriculture.
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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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