Konawaena Brings School Garden Harvest to the Cafeteria

May 7, 2014 (Big Island Weekly)—Konawaena High School’s Rebecca Crabtree chose a senior project that will keep giving long after she has graduated. Inspired by her mother’s recollection of her high school salad bar, Crabtree and a crew of peers and teachers revamped a garden plot left behind from a student who graduated last year. In April students were treated to their first salad bar.
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USDA program brings local produce to local schools

May 6, 2014 (West Hawaii Today)—On the mainland, big farms can find ways to sell their produce to small school districts, but with the situation reversed in Hawaii, local farmers sometimes find it difficult to get their products to the state’s large public district, says Nancy Redfeather, program director of Hawaii Island School Garden Network.

That’s where the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program comes in. The program provides funding to eligible schools — those serving students in kindergarten to sixth grade with at least half of the student population qualifying for free or reduced lunch — to purchase locally grown produce for morning and afternoon snacks.
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School garden events focus on professional development

KAMUELA, Hawai‘i—April 10, 2014—Online registration is now available for a weeklong series of educational events for school garden educators, teachers, and others passionate about improving student wellness, cognitive development, and engaging deeper learning. Taking place June 7–12 in Waimea on Hawai‘i Island, the four professional development events focus on the effectiveness of school gardens as an instructional strategy for both nutritional education and hands-on learning in core subject areas.
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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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