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‘ĀINA In Schools Farm to School Month Fun

November 08, 2022

‘ĀINA In Schools Farm to School Month Fun

Throughout the month of October, the Agricultural Literacy component of our ‘ĀINA In Schools program introduces students to where their food comes from and who grows their food.  Activities include field trips to farms, as well as classroom visits by farmers and chefs:

ʻĀINA Chef Visits: The month was full of chef visits to 4 schools, reaching over 300 keiki. One highlight was a visit with Chef Sean Congdon who taught all students from Kaʻaʻawa Elementary School how to make Kale Salad with a Ginger Miso Vinaigrette (recipe here). Mahalo to Chef Raul Bernal of Roy’s Turtle Bay and KHFs own Ana Leʻa Mathis, who owned a plant-based restaurant ʻOno Pono in Northern California before returning home to Hawaiʻi.

ʻĀINA Farmer Visits: Our Kōkua Learning Farm Partner Farmer, Carey Bonn (Diamond Island Farm) explored microgreens with the kindergarten classes from Sunset Beach Elementary School. Students got a chance to use their senses to observe, taste and smell four varieties of microgreens: pea shoots, sunflower, broccoli and radish. 

ʻĀINA Farm Field Trips: Destinations this past month included Waimānalo Country Farms where Hauʻula Elementary Gr. K-2 students visited the pumpkin patch and sunflower fields and Waiāhole Nursery & Garden, where 2nd graders from Sunset Beach Elementary made connections between what they’ve learned in ʻĀINA to what they were experiencing at the farm!