Garden Chef is a garden culinary program which began this year at Hawaii Academy of Arts & Science. Just under 30 people came out to experience the fruits of the students gardening and culinary knowledge . Their motto is “From Garden to Grinds” and these students showed the audience that they were very comfortable in both growing and cooking vegetables. Located on 13 acres near Pahoa HAAS has beautiful gardens, a greenhouse and an aquaponics system for talapia. Students were involved in every aspect of the project from planting, monitoring and researching the vegetable crops to harvesting, cooking and critiquing the prepared vegetables. It was a pleasure watching these capable 7th and 8th grade students demonstrating fresh, nutritious cooking from the garden.
Our day started with a tour of the lower garden led by Garden Educator Chioke Mims.
This is a compost bin made out of banana logs. It has notched log cabin style corners.
Participants return from the tour of the lower garden
Sophie Smith displays a beautiful chard harvest!
Sophie Smith, Malia Becker, Billy Trout and Noa Walker
double wash and inspect each leaf
Teacher Wendy Baker assists students
The finished salad. Students also made a healthy salad dressing. Both dishes were delicious. Mahalo to Chioke, Wendy and their students for a fabulous day at HAAS.