By supporting more than 60 school learning gardens on Hawai‘i Island through technical assistance, professional development programs, and mini-grants, the Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network connects Hawai‘i’s keiki to real food, healthier eating habits, and the ‘āina itself. The Network also administers FoodCorps Hawai‘i and the statewide Hawai‘i Farm to School and School Garden Hui, both of which work to develop garden and nutrition programs for learning gardens and help schools procure fresh, healthy, locally grown food.
Hawai‘i Island students are producing their own food in school gardens and developing a taste for healthy, fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, and more. In turn, they and their families are learning about health and nutrition, how to nurture and keep island soils healthy, and how our ma uka or “uphill” work protects our oceans. And about how we—as individuals, families, and a society—can care for the island and its communities.
Numerous studies show that school learning gardens improve academic performance in a wide spectrum of subjects, foster positive attitudes toward learning, bolster healthy behaviors and nutrition, promote cooperation and teamwork, and instill children with pride in their work and the food they grow.
At public, private, and charter schools across the island—from cool, breezy South Kohala to tropical Hilo, from sunny South Kona to verdant Hāmākua—more than 16 acres (700,000 square feet) of school learning gardens have been planted, annually yielding 15 tons (30,000 pounds) of food for these students and their school communities to enjoy. And in the process, deeper learning of mathematics, social studies, language arts, fine arts, and the natural sciences is taking place in these vibrant, engaging outdoor classrooms.
A monthly series of professional development workshops will be held in both East and West Hawai‘i for Hawai‘i Island K-12 teachers. The goal of this program is to bring teachers together to share knowledge and practices connecting school learning gardens with core curriculum, assessment and evaluation, and to deepen connections to student learning and outcomes. […]
Ongoing workshops to develop FFVP and school food programs. This summer we began with two workshops: Gathering to Share Best Practices at the Volcano School of Arts and Sciences, and Sessions with Carleton Gillenwater, creator of the Kona Pacific PCS Food Service. Contact Nancy Redfeather if you are interested in being on the workshop notification […]
Six teams of two teachers each may apply. Two teachers (or one teacher and one librarian) from six schools will be chosen to take a weekend workshop with UH-Mānoa Professor Michael Thomas and selected graduate students at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook. Professor Thomas is the collection manager and curator of […]
November 8, 2014—Gary Eoff will share his knowledge of local plants and traditional methods of preparation and weaving. We will also be harvesting and prepping cordage material. Student and teacher cordage will be included in the makana (offerings) that the Hōkūle‘a gives at her ports of call. Eoff is an artist and craftsman with a strong passion for communicating cultural knowledge with teachers and students.