How her garden grows: Nancy Redfeather reflects on The Kohala Center accomplishments and retirement priorities

May 16, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—Nancy Redfeather, whose name is synonymous with school gardens on Hawaii Island, recently retired from a prestigious 10-year career at The Kohala Center in Waimea.

She started working at The Kohala Center in 2006 and accomplished so much that people assumed she’d been working there much longer than 10 years. But for Redfeather, the time flew by and was not so much a job, but a labor of love.

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Outdoor Science Professional Development Program for Teachers

May 11, 2017 (BigIslandNow.com)—The Kohala Center is looking for middle and high school teachers for its Hawai‘i Meaningful Environmental Education for Teachers program. Teachers and their students will have opportunity to leave the classroom and study the island’s ahupua‘a, or traditional Hawaiian mountain-to-sea land divisions.
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New school lunch program emphasizes fresh local fare made from scratch

April 18, 2017 (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)—WAIMEA, Hawaii island >> A group of cafeteria workers in white hairnets listened as chef Greg Christian demonstrated the importance of properly preparing ingredients before starting to cook. Prep work is vital to an organized kitchen that cooks from scratch, he said as he sliced a large carrot in the Kohala Elementary School kitchen. Items should be ready to go into the pan when the cook starts the stove, then served fresh. He calls the approach “just-in-time cooking.”
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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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North Hawaii art gallery donates more than $40000 to environmental restoration efforts

February 14, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—For Waimea residents Gunner and Elli Mench, supporting reforestation efforts on Hawaii Island is all about giving back.

As owners of Harbor Gallery in Kawaihae — which curates a Wood Show twice a year largely featuring pieces made with materials grown on Hawaii Island — they wanted to support an organization dedicated to protecting and reestablishing native forests. Since 2009 the couple has donated more than $40,000 of their Wood Show proceeds to The Kohala Center to support its Kohala Watershed Partnership (KWP) program.
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Hawaii’s School Garden Network Supports School Gardens

January 23, 2017 (kidsgardening.org)—By supporting more than 60 school learning gardens on Hawai‘i Island through technical assistance and professional development programs, HISGN connects Hawai‘i’s keiki (children) to fresh food, healthier eating habits, and the ‘āina (land) itself. The Kohala Center also administers FoodCorps Hawai‘i and the statewide Hawai‘i Farm to School and School Garden Hui. These three initiatives support garden and nutrition programs and help schools procure fresh, healthy, locally grown food.
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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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