March 11, 2017—Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation will be on Hawaiʻi Island to deliver an engaging ʻĀINA In Schools Training, covering standards-based garden curricula that are written for Grades K, 1, 4, and 5. The training will also cover the ʻĀINA In Schools Nutrition Education Curriculum, which includes standards-based nutrition lessons written for grades 2 and 6. All garden and nutrition units can be adapted for use with other grades. The training will also include an overview of the ʻĀINA In Schools Composting Curriculum written for Grade 3 and Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation’s many helpful resources for educators. Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation is currently working with the DOE to offer one (1) PDE credit at no additional cost, more details to come.
June 5–8, 2017—This year we’re offering two sessions of our Kū ‘Āina Pā School Garden Teacher Training Program Summer Intensive: one on Hawai‘i Island and one on O‘ahu! Navigating the Hawai‘i School Garden Curriculum Map and Creating a Standards-Based Garden Program for Your Classroom is a four-day workshop for Hawai‘i’s K–8 teachers to connect school garden activities to federal and state education standards. Visit our Kū ‘Āina Pā program page for full details and to apply online. Teachers interested in attending the Hawai‘i Island session must submit their applications by May 12.
June 5–23, 2017—Waimea Middle School is offering a three-week “Full STEAM Ahead!” exploratory program this summer for incoming middle school students across Hawai‘i Island that will celebrate “Mālama Honua” – caring for the planet. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday, students will explore the North Hawai‘i watershed and ocean with lessons that blend environmental science with ‘Ike Hawai‘i—hands-on lessons in technology, art, personal wellness, and the health of their island home.
June 10, 2017—Learn all about food safety regulations, fair trade, how to become an organic certified farm and all requirements to certify like record-keeping. Taught by Maile Woodhall, Agricultural Outreach Specialist, The Kohala Center.
June 17, 2017—The Hawai‘i Island New Farmer Expo will bring together emerging and experienced farmers with non-profit, private, and government resource organizations. The Expo will provide participants with an understanding of the challenges and prospects of establishing a viable farm business on Hawai‘i Island, including a pragmatic, step-by-step overview on how to get started.