Connecting keiki with what they eat: Educators come together to learn more about school gardens

February 22, 2017 (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)—Even the smallest garden bed requires an abundance of nurturing, and school gardens are no exception. A dozen educators from around the island met with the state’s farm-to-school coordinator Saturday for an overview of the program’s current initiatives and best practices for helping gardens thrive.
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Two programs set to train new Hawaii Island farmers

January 6, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—New and aspiring farmers and ranchers on Hawaii Island can choose from two comprehensive courses launched by The Kohala Center in early 2017. In addition to the Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program, which has graduated more than 120 students since 2013, The Center will host the state’s largest farmer training program — GoFarm Hawaii — for the first time on the island.
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UC researcher Clare Gupta on re-localizing food on Hawai‘i

October 4, 2016 (UC Food Observer)—Clare Gupta is a recent addition to the University of California academic ranks. She works as an assistant public policy specialist for the University of California. UC specialists like Clare hold dual appointments with a campus (in her case, UC Davis, where she’s on the faculty in the Department of Human Ecology) and UC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Division Cooperative Extension Service.
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Food sustainability: It’s what’s for dinner

September 6, 2016 (West Hawaii Today)—How to increase food security and support local food production in Hawaii is a topic that’s on nearly everyone’s plate these days. In a state that can grow 365 days a year with favorable weather, water and soil, Hawaii grows only about 10 percent of what its residents and visitors eat. And an estimated 85 percent of all the food available in Hawaii’s supermarkets and restaurants at any given time is imported from 2,300 miles away or more.
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Keiki get jump on rat lungworm education

May 23, 2016 (Hawaii Tribune Herald)—Gardens are a rich resource for classrooms, giving kids hands-on experience with the concepts they learn about in school. But in East Hawaii, school gardens are like any backyard garden: they’re a place where slugs and snails make their homes, and where there are snails and slugs, there’s a potential for rat lungworm disease.
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