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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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 hand in the dirt and kids are going to start learning like crazy,” said Carla Hannaford, an internationally recognized expert in cognitive development.
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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 can happen.
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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 a garden or farm. The decreasing contact with farms or gardens today promotes an increasing disconnect from the actual source of food for our keiki.
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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. From Hawaii Island, Sherry Bracken has the story.
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