October – Farm to School Month

Leah Belmonte, Governor’s Representative, Maui at State of Hawaii joined Grow Some Good and MSGN at the Lipoa Farmer’s Market today to offer this official proclamation.

“… proclaim October 2015 as Farm to School Month in Hawai’i and ask all the citizens of the Aloha State to support activities that heighten the awareness of farm to school and school garden programs as successful means for improving the health and well-being of our keiki, communities and the ‘aina.”

Grow Some Good also gave away about 25 ‘ulu trees, basil, tomatoes, chard and eggplant and received generous donations to support our program.

Hawaii Governor proclaims October as "Farm to School" Month
Hawaii Governor proclaims October as “Farm to School” Month

Mahalo to Governor David Y. Ige and Lt. Governor Shan S. Tsutusi for your support and seeing the importance of our programs.

 

$1500 Garden Maintenance Materials

If you think after planting, your money spent on a garden is done, you’ll learn quickly.   Last year at Kihei Elementary we spent about $1500 on “garden maintenance supplies”.  This is pest deterrents, organic amendments, fungii treatments, cover crop seeds, build compost piles, and a long list of things to fix problems!

Estimated Cost $1500/school/year

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$750 Irrigation Supplies

We’ve had generous support for our major irrigation needs from ISI!  However, irrigation is a constant issue and we need both irrigation experts and continuous irrigation supplies!  Last year we spent about $750 on irrigation supplies at Kihei Elementary.  Without water, not too much grows in our garden!

Estimated Cost $750

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Menu + Wines Announced! March 7 Taste of School Gardens #GSGTaste

Click Here: 2015 Taste of School Gardens Menus Announced!

Click Here for the List of Wine and Beer Selections

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grow some good taste of school gardens kihei wailea maui hawaiiYou are invited to the 3rd Annual Grow Some Good: Taste of School Gardens event March 7, 2015 at the Hotel Wailea! Local chefs and school garden supporters will celebrate all the good things growing for more than 3,000 students in South, Central, and West Maui school garden programs.

Guests at this special sunset event will enjoy gourmet dishes prepared with local and school garden-grown ingredients by Mauiʻs top chefs, including:

Click Here: 2015 Taste of School Gardens Menus Announced!

Click Here for the List of Wine and Beer Selections

Fine wines and local brews – ALL INCLUDED in your ticket price. Wine selections by Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, Southern Wine & Spirits, and Young’s Market Company. Beer cocktails designed by Four Seasons Resort Maui Mixologist Gabe Harvey, including Maui Brewing Company‘s Lahaina Town Brown elixirs with espresso and Bikini Blonde Lager shandies made with fresh lemon and cane juice.

++ Amazing Silent Auction Prizes!

aloha chicken bluegrassBluegrass music by Aloha Chicken will serenade you into a gorgeous sunset view during this gathering of ʻohana, growing a bountiful future on Maui.

WHEN

Saturday, March 7, 2015
5:00 – 8:30 p.m.

 

WHERE

Hotel Wailea
555 Kaukahi Street Wailea, HI 96753

TICKETS
Advance Tickets: $99 per person | $105 per person after March 1 | $950 table of 10

All guests must be 21+ to attend this event.  

Event Hashtag #GSGTaste

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Special thanks to: Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development CouncilMulligan’s on the BlueMaui Culinary Academy … And every wonderful teacher, parent, volunteer and local business that digs in to help school gardens on Maui thrive!

Admin Tool Help – Adding Receipts

 

Let me know if this video works and I’ll make more!

Tips:

  1. Save time by taking photos in portrait mode.  Most phones work great for this.
  2. Your receipt photos appear clearer if taken against a dark background but most important thing is good light.
  3. Make sure your receipt includes the Merchant Name, Date, and TOTAL amount.  If anything is not quite readable, write it on the receipt NEAR the unreadable entry.
  4. Please don’t mix personal purchases with GSG reimbursable purchases.  If you have to, just annotate on the receipt which item(s) are GSG.   Don’t try computing a total as we’ll do that and adjust tax.
  5. Selective screen capture on MAC is Apple-Shift-4.   Selective screen capture can be done using snipping tool.

1st West Side Fundraiser with Chef Nabavi

Nabavi1_ (1 of 4)Saturday, June 28, seventeen guests joined Chef Paris Nabavi at his home in Ka’anapali for a scrumptious meal, good wine and a little insight into the amazing Persian dishes he makes.

The evening started with everyone enjoying from a nice selection of wine as old friends reconnected and new friends met.  Some people had been to many of Chef Nabavi’s private dinners while this was a first time for many.  We gathered in his outdoor kitchen area which is right next to his garden.

Nabavi1_ (2 of 4) We were invited inside for the unveiling of the meatballs which came out of the oven in cheesecloth packages that each looked big enough to feed a family.  Chef Nabavi explained how this was a revision of a typical Persian meatball recipe and did admit that these were the largest ones he’d made.  The time in preparation and care for each step to the final product shows the passion that Chef Nabavi puts into his creations.

Nabavi1_ (3 of 4)The appetizers were served and everyone filled their plates with variety of sauces, condiments, crudités and bread that were both beautiful and tasty.

The Mega Meatball!

Meatball When the main meal was served,  the meatballs suddenly seemed even bigger!  Although everyone could have one, many people shared.  I shared mine and still took half of it home.  Chef Nabavi explained how to eat the meatball by breaking it up, letting the meats soak in the delightful saffron sauce and enjoy the fruit surprise in the middle of the meatball! This surprise was a delightful mix of fruits that perfectly complemented the meat.

Dessert was a rosewater and saffron ice cream with crispy cookies.  I didn’t think I could possibly finish it but the ice cream was so light and refreshing that large bowls were emptied quickly. If you haven’t tasted this ice cream, you are missing an amazing treat.

The evening went by quickly and soon it was time to go.  It was great to meet new friends and share plans for Grow Some Good.

Mahalo to Chef Nabavi and his family and staff for a wonderful meal and opening his home for this event.   All money collected went straight to Grow Some Good to help fund a West Side School Garden Coordinator.

If you’d like to enjoy more of Chef Nabavi’s cooking watch for future events like this and visit him at one of his two restaurants – the new Sangrita Grill and Pizza Paradiso.

 

 

Sae Design

 

Sae DesignSae Design is an outstanding creative team, helping us to create our logo and outreach materials — banners, ads, brochures and more! We are so fortunate to be working with such a talent group of people that help us to recruit volunteers, sponsors and other community supporters for our school garden programs.

Ferraro’s at Four Seasons Resort Maui

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Fundraising Partner, Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante at Four Seasons Resort Maui, is a participant and host in our annual fundraiser dinner series, Maui Chefs Grow Some Good.

Chef Craig Dryhurst is a big fan of the school garden programs because he’s seen first hand how it inspires kids to eat healthy, learn and play outdoors. His daughter is a school gardener at Kamali’i Elementary School and her dad participates in Harvest Festivals and fundraising dinners to inspire future chefs and sustain the programs.

Chefs + Garden + Kids = Inspiring Maui School Garden Video!

This video by Emmy winning photographer Jess Craven tells the story of Grow Some Good and their work with a Maui school garden that has grown from 3 box beds to nearly a quarter acre edible schoolyard and learning lab in the heart of campus. This is an edited version of the original segment, which aired on Jess’ show “Self Made in Hawaii.”

Kihei Elementary School garden – located in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii – serves as a palate for more than 850 students to grow, harvest and taste their creations while supporting curriculum taught in the classroom. Local chefs also support the garden through fundraisers, recipe workshops and harvest parties. The story shows how kids get excited about eating fresh fruits and vegetables when they grow it and prepare it themselves. Kihei Elementary School garden is an ongoing project of Grow Some Good.

Grow Some Good: Kihei Elementary School Garden with Chefs from Grow Some Good on Vimeo.

Thanks to Jess Craven for his amazing work on this video!