Waimea El Outdoor Kitchen

Classes in the Garden

April 9, 2014 (West Hawaii Today)—Thanks to the hard work of teachers, families and friends, students at Waimea Middle School now have an outdoor garden classroom. As part of local efforts to connect Hawaii’s children with fresh and nutritious food, the volunteers helped build the new Malama Keiki Edible Garden, where students can pick fresh produce and learn how to prepare flavorful, healthy dishes in the school’s weekly health classes.
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Plant it Forward

March 5, 2014 (Big Island Weekly)—A growth spurt of school gardens on the Big Island may seem like a recent trend, but it’s a resurgence of something that was once a no brainer in Hawaii’s schools. Outdoor classrooms in the form of school gardens were commonplace in Hawaii’s schools until the late 1960s, yet somehow student gardens became far and few between for decades.
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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii donates $77,000 to support community health initiatives

August 29, 2013 (North Hawaii News)—Kaiser Permanente Hawaii announced it will donate $27,000 in grant funding in support of The Kohala Center. The grant from Kaiser Permanente to The Kohala Center will provide food safety certification and offer the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program in Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island elementary schools. This initiative will provide food safety certification of high-need schools and will benefit approximately 700 students. In addition to the Kohala Center donation, they also granted the University of Hawaii Foundation a $50,000 grant, for a total of $77,000 to the two organizations.
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