Garden education at Holualoa Elementary

August 1, 2015 (Big Island Now)—Holualoa Elementary School will experience a first as it begins its new school year, a part-time school garden educator. With support from the County of Hawai‘i Research & Development Department and the Hickey Family Foundation, The Kohala Center was able to provide the new position at Holualoa Elementary School’s Native Hawaiian learning garden. Additional gardening programs in the West Hawai‘i complex will also be supported during the school year.
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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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