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Farm to School Month 2018!

November 06, 2018

Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation's ʻĀINA In Schools program celebrated National Farm to School Month with the CHOMP! campaign, where folks across Hawaiʻi chomped down on fresh local produce. Students celebrated with special events including ʻĀINA Chef Visits, ʻĀINA Farm Field Trips, and healthy snacks sourced from local farms! 

Waikīkī and Nuʻuanu Elementary Schools launched their first ever Healthy Snack Programs. Waikīkī Elementary served their students local bananas sourced from Keiki & Plow and Nuʻuanu Elementary served their student body local watermelon! Sunset Beach Elementary students enjoyed ʻĀINA Kine Healthy Snacks during October that included juicy and delicious local oranges from Lokoea Farms in Haleʻiwa. Sunset Beach and Liholiho Elementary Schools also hosted a Great Pumpkin Sale with local pumpkins from Aloun Farms!

Many ʻĀINA schools celebrated Farm to School Month with Kuʻi ʻAi Demonstrations and ʻĀINA Chef Visits which incorporated healthy cooking with these ʻĀINA Chef Partners: Sean CondonElisabeth BeagleEd KenneyTiffani MsutaniChris OkuharaKathy MadduxMark “Gooch” NoguchiMatt Young, and Susan Prior.

Farm to School Month provided the perfect opportunity to connect students at ‘ĀINA Schools to local farmers with an ʻĀINA  Farmer Classroom Visits and Farm Field Trips. If students are exposed to the people and places that produce their food, they will grow to care about farms and farming. Mahalo to farmers Maria CarlMichele Gorham and Dave Burlew for sharing their farming experiences.

2,114 students from 14 schools participated in ʻĀINA Farm Field Trips where they experienced hands-on where their food comes from, learning from the farmers who grow food around the island. ʻĀINA Farm to School Field Trip destinations included Mari’s GardenMAʻO Organic FarmKahuku FarmsNā Mea KūponoWaihuena FarmWaiāhole Nursery and Garden CenterKahumana Organic FarmHawaiian Earth Products, and Sweet Land Farms.  Mahalo to all the farmers who shared their valuable wisdom with our keiki and made these Farm to School Month ʻĀINA Farm Field Trips a success!

Farm to School Month celebrations are trickling into November at some local schools so stayed tuned for more ʻĀINA events at your local ʻĀINA school.