Harvest Festival Fun for Keiki Farmers

Harvest Festival Fun

Keiki farmers at Kamalii Elementary School and Kihei Elementary School enjoyed a fun Harvest Festival at each of their schools. These annual events are a highlight of the school garden program, as students make and enjoy healthy snacks with fresh produce, from recipes designed to be simple, so they can be easily duplicated at home.

Chef Kevin Laut from Outrigger Pizza Company brought his portable pizza oven to Kamalii Elementary School to cook up some quick pies with the assistance of Makena Golf & Beach Club’s Executive Chef Chris Kulis. See more pictures on the Makena Golf & Beach blog.

Outrigger Pizza Company Chef Kevin Laut assists in preparing the pizzas. PC: Matthew Thayer, the Maui News.
Makena Golf & Beach Resort Executive Chef Chris Kulis helps with spreading pizza sause. PC: Makena Golf & Beach Club.
Makena Golf & Beach Resort Community Engagement Manager Leahi Hall visits with keiki. PC: Makena Golf & Beach Resort
Chefs and keiki enjoyed a wonderful morning making pizza and fresh-squeezed lemonade. PC: Makena Golf & Beach Club.

At Kihei Elementary School, Chef Travis Morrin from Fork & Salad and Three’s Bar & Grill came by to assist students with making tortilla-veggie pizzas on the grill. The results were ono-licious! See Chef Travis’ fun interview with the keiki.

Chef Travis Morrin PC: Kiaora Bohlool.
Kihei Elementary School kids enjoy the product of their work – veggie pizzas!
Chef Travis Morrin and Garden Coordinator Nadine Rasmussen.

 

Mahalo!

Thank you to the wonderful chefs who made time to come our to visit with our students!

Chef Chris Kulis, Makena Golf & Beach Club

Chef Kevin Laut, The Outrigger Pizza Company

Chef Travis Morrin, Fork & Salad and Three’s Bar & Grill

And thank you to The Maui News for this front-page piece!

 

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Keeping Our Gardens Safe

Addressing the Spread of Rat Lungworm Disease and the Zika Virus

Grow Some Good and Maui School Garden Network are working together to address the spread of Rat Lungworm Disease and the Zika virus on Maui.

As recent news reports have indicated, Rat Lungworm Disease, or RLWD, has come to Maui via its predominant, intermediate host the semi-slug. According to the Rat Lungworm Working Group Facebook Page, “It is among the most serious threats to human health of all diseases carried by wildlife in Hawaii, and in many other tropical and subtropical countries around the world.” Humans can become infected by unknowingly consuming intermediate hosts, like the semi-slug, or paratenic hosts, like prawns and land crabs, that contain the infective third stage larvae. This can also occur through eating fresh produce contaminated by “slug trails” or slime containing the larvae.

The Zika virus has been reported in at least one case on Maui. This mosquito borne virus can cause birth defects and neurological disorders, and infects humans through mosquito bites. It can also be picked up from an infected person and spread via the mosquito to other humans. Most cases in the US have been reported by people who have travelled to an area where the disease is circulating, primarily Latin America. However, there have also been cases where the virus has spread from an infected human, via mosquito, to another human.

In conjunction with Maui School Garden Network, the Department of Health, Department of Agriculture and the Hawaii Island Rat Lungworm Working Group in the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, Grow Some Good is working to reduce the spread of RLWD and the Zika virus through a variety of approaches.

School Safety

Maui School Garden Network has contacted each school principal and school garden coordinator in Maui County to provide a Maui Island update on RLWD. This update includes best practices for RLWD prevention, including integrated pest management (IPM) procedures, safety precautions, and methods for disposal of slugs.

Schools have received a School Garden Safety Manual, produced by Hawaii Farm to School and the School Garden Hui. This manual covers safe growing practices and safe food handling practices.

Training School Garden Educators

School Garden coordinators across Maui have received training on several areas in the last few months, including safe food handling, preventing infection, safety precautions in handling semi-slugs and other carriers, and preventing mosquito reproduction by removing standing water around garden areas.

This training contains a set of lessons to be taught to students. It includes specific lessons on IPM, and about the Rat Lungworm lifecycle, both which meet the current curriculum science standards. Through these lessons, students can learn garden planning, pest detection, and how parasites live and grow, as we address these important community issues.

Tracking Data

More data is needed to understand the lifespan of the Rat Lungworm and its hosts and carriers. Through our network of school gardens, there is an opportunity to contribute data to current research projects.

Using safety methods recommended by the Department of Health, garden staff can safely collect and count the number of semi-slugs found in each garden, tracking factors such as region, date, moon phase and weather.  Submitting this information helps grow the database and help inform the researchers.

Public Outreach and Information

Grow Some Good is actively providing information about RLWD and the Zika virus to the public through presentations at our volunteer Work & Learn Days conducted at school gardens across Maui, and information shared in our monthly eNewsletter and Facebook page.

Community Meetings have been taking place across the island. More are scheduled soon:

  • Wednesday, April 19 – Kula Community Center – Growers and Landscapers Meeting – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 25 – Kahului – UHMC – Community Service Building by Extension Services (CTAHR)- Growers and Landscapers Meeting 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, April 26  -Pukalani – Hannibal Tavares Community Center 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

More Information

Please join us at a meeting in your area to learn more. For online references, please see the Hawaii State Department of Health website for information on Rat Lungworm Disease, and for more information on the Zika Virus.

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A Magical Night Under the Stars

Taste of School Gardens: Growing, Knowing, Sharing

The Taste of School Gardens theme “Growing, Knowing, Sharing” showcased Grow Some Good’s programs as guests enjoyed fresh produce, grown in educational outdoor classrooms and local farms, prepared and shared by some of Maui’s best Chefs. The event raised just over $58,000, with 325 attendees coming out to support Grow Some Good.
It was a magical night – one where the delicious rewards of our school gardens were featured in the very dishes our guests enjoyed!

 

 

Taste of School Gardens demonstrates the heart of Grow Some Good’s programs – where outdoor classrooms, nutritious food and Maui’s finest chefs converge.

One of the special features at the event is the outdoor classroom area.  Here, our garden educators share real lessons used in the gardens and showcase students’ work.

 

 

Beautiful Dishes from Maui’s Favorite Chefs

 

                                                 

 

See more Taste of School Gardens photos on our Facebook page.

Grow Some Good Dinner Series

The event is the culmination of a season of fundraising events hosted by our participating restaurants. Our Dinner Series features special events, dinners, and even specific dishes that raise funds for Grow Some Good throughout the year.  Participating restaurants showcase their favorite garden-inspired dishes at the ultimate event – Taste of School Gardens. To sign up for the Dinner Series add your name to our email list.

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MauiNow  video journalist Kaiora Bohlool covered the event and shares her insights in the video clip: Kids Inspire Cuisine at Taste of School Gardens.

 

Mahalo to our many wonderful restaurant participants and sponsors, including:

 

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Taste of School Gardens Menu Announced!

Announcing the Taste of School Gardens Menu!

This week Chefs unveiled their special garden-inspired dishes for the Taste of School Gardens event on March 4th.  Feast your eyes on these mouth-watering gourmet items!

Chef Peleg Miron of Spago (at left) will serve Fresh Catch Sashimi with fragrant Thai Herbs and Green Papaya Salad.

 

Chef Zach Sato of The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea, will serve Shrimp Poisson Cru on a Rice Cracker and Slow Cooked Baby Carrots with Tempura Watercress and Lemongrass.

 

Chef Craig Dryhurst of DUO at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, will prepare Aquerello Risotto cooked in Tomato Consommé with Chives, Walnut and Beet Lace and for dessert, Orange & Vanilla Poached Carrot “eclair,” with a Grand Marnier Cloud.

 

Chefs Jaron Blosser, Cody Christopher and Travis Morrin of Three’s Bar & Grill and Fork & Salad, are serving Peas n Carrots made with roasted Oko’a farms organic carrots, pea shoots, macadamia nut pesto, wasabi peas, goat cheese, culinary garden soil and Ni’ihau Lamb and Vegetable Chili made with ground local lamb, kabocha squash, corn, keiki grown vegetables, tomato, cheddar cheese, and sourdough focaccia.

 

 

Nicol Bradley of Ono Gelato Creamery and Shack Café will share Cruncher Ruebens made with Pastrami and Swiss with Green-Apple Horseradish Slaw on a Fresh Baked Rye Kaiser Roll with House-made Mustard and 1000-Island Dressing, Rata-tat Garlic-Chive Goat Cheese with Macadamia Nut Pesto Grilled Veggies, Tomato Salad and Kale Slaw on a Fresh Baked Mustard Hoagie Roll with House-made Mustard and Meyer Lemon Aioli, and a Banana Split made with Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry Swirled Gelato with Sliced Bananas, topped with Strawberry, Pineapple and Chocolate Fudge Sauces, finished with Whipped Cream, Macadamia Nuts & a House-Baked Cherry Topped Coconut Macaroon.

 

Chef John Cadman,  owner of Maui Breadfuit Company and maker of Pono Pies will serve an assortment of delicious ulu (breadfruit) pies, in a variety of flavors, including chocolate, mango and lilikoi.

 

 

 

Chef Roger Stettler with Cow Pig Bun, will serve the House Burger: made with a Grilled Beef Patty, Focaccia bread, Roasted Garlic Bacon Aioli, Gruyere Cheese, Arugula, Balsamic Syrup and Brussel Sprouts, made with Fried Brussels, Sweet Soy, Pickled Carrots.

 

 

 

Chef Kevin Laut of Outrigger Pizza Company is featuring crowd-favorite Lilikoi Pork Pizza, made with a garlic aioli base, kalua pork, Maui sweet onions, sweet bell peppers, mozzarella cheese, and topped with lilikoi syrup, and Margherita Pizza, with homemade red sauce, fresh mozzarella, Romano cheese, Parmesan, Italian basil and cherry tomatoes. and White Cheddar Mushroom Pizza with a garlic aioli base, mozzarella cheese, white cheddar cheese, mushrooms, topped with truffle salt.

 

 

Wine selections are provided by Southern Glazer’s Wine & SpiritsChambers & Chambers Wine MerchantsJohnson Brothers, and Paradise Beverages. Local beers made by Maui Brewing Company.

Bon appetit!

 

Besides these wonderful treats, guests will enjoy live music from Maui’s Shea Derrick and Full Flavor, and beautiful ocean sunset views. Fun, unique dinner events will be featured in the live auction.

When:   5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Where:  Hotel Wailea, 555 Kaukahi Street, Wailea, Maui
Tickets:  $150 per person | $1,500 VIP Table of 10
(RSVP by February 25th for Table Reservations)

Visit our website for tickets.

 

 

Mahalo Nui Loa to Our Sponsors!

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Mahalo Taste of School Gardens 2017 Sponsors

Photo Courtesy of Mieko Photography

Grow Some Good’s Taste of School Gardens is an amazing event thanks to our wonderful sponsors! Thank you to the many individuals and businesses that are donating their time, talent and resources to our event this year!

Welcoming our New Chefs

New Chefs participating this year include Chef Peleg Miron of Spago, Chef Zach Sato of The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea, Chefs Jaron Blosser, Cody Christopher and Travis Morrin of Three’s Bar & Grill and Fork & Salad, Owner Nicol Bradley of Ono Gelato Creamery and Shack Café, and Chef John Cadman, maker of Pono Pies.

 

 

Mahalo to our Longtime Supporters

Photo Courtesy of Mieko Photography

Many longtime supporters from some of Maui’s finest establishments join the event again, including Chef Craig Dryhurst of DUO at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Chef Roger Stettler with Cow Pig Bun, and Chef Kevin Laut of Outrigger Pizza Company.

Thank you for sharing your talent and resources to make this the best school-garden-to-table event on Maui!

Cheers!

Wine selections are provided by Southern Glazer’s Wine & SpiritsChambers & Chambers Wine MerchantsJohnson Brothers, and Paradise Beverages. Local beers made by Maui Brewing Company. Thank you for adding some special cheer to the event!

Location, Location, Location

This wonderful venue with a beautiful view gets rave reviews every time. Thank you to the Hotel Wailea for hosting us again this year. We also rely on another Wailea neighbor, the Four Seasons Resort, for providing planning and logistical support. Thank you for helping with the details!

Media Messengers

We are grateful for our media sponsors, Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, and MauiTime, who are helping us spread the word about Taste of School Gardens. With their help, we anticipate another sold-out event this year!

Lighting the Place Up

A very special mahalo to Epic Lighting for helping us create a gorgeous ambiance after the sun sets. This is our fourth year working with this top-notch company  – Hawaii’s first and only green business certified, 100% eco-friendly lighting company.

Keeping it Local

Local Harvest  has volunteered their services in a big way – they are  coordinating all of the produce  donated from local Maui farmers and bringing it together in time for the chefs to prepare for Saturday night. Mahalo for sharing your time and expertise in sourcing local produce for this event.

Mahalo!

Taste of School Gardens is Grow Some Good’s premier fundraising event. Our programs are hands-on, outdoor learning experiences that cultivate curiosity about natural life cycles, connect students to their food sources, and inspire better nutrition choices. In addition to helping establish food gardens and living science labs in local schools, we provide resources and curriculum support through community partnerships in agriculture, science, food education and nutrition. Your support helps make this happen. Mahalo!

Mahalo Nui Loa to Our Sponsors!

 

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… And every wonderful teacher, parent, volunteer and local business that digs in to help school gardens on Maui thrive!

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Volunteers Get it Done!

Hundreds of Helpers

We’re thankful for the hundreds of volunteers that support our organization each year. Some come from thousands of miles away and dedicate part of their vacation to helping our community; others live just around the corner and volunteer every month.

Volunteer Highlights from 2016

From painting signs to pulling weeds to assembling planting beds, our volunteers are always willing to help in every way needed. Here are some highlights from 2016.

Pulling weeds in the kalo patch is part of the fun at Kihei Elementary School.
Pulling weeds in the kalo patch is part of the fun at Kihei Elementary School.
Visiting Volunteers make soil sifters.
Visiting Volunteers make soil sifters.
Volunteers at Kihei Charter School move tubes of irrigation line.
Volunteers at Kihei Charter School move tubes of irrigation line.
Volunteers at Kahului Elementary School prepare the soil for planting.
Volunteers at Kahului Elementary School prepare the soil for planting.
Connie ties string around the ipu to prepare it for hanging.
Volunteer Connie ties string around the ipu to prepare it for hanging.
Two student volunteers hang ipu to dry.
Two student volunteers hang ipu to dry.
Visiting Volunteers help move some soil.
Volunteers on Vacation help move some soil at Lokelani Intermediate School.
Prepping veggies for a Harvest Party at Kamali'i Elementary School.
Prepping veggies for a Harvest Party at Kamali’i Elementary School.
Volunteers put the framework in place for new growing beds at Kahului Elementary School.
Volunteers put the framework in place for growing beds at Kahului Elementary School.
Keiki volunteers add soil amendments at Kahului Elementary School.
Keiki volunteers add soil amendments at Kahului Elementary School.
Look what I found while fulling weeds!
Look what I found while pulling weeds!
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Putting in pretty new raised beds at Pu’u Kukui Elementary School.
Pretty New Growing beds in place at Pu'u Kukui Elementary School.
Pu’u Kukui Elementary School garden looks amazing after a recent Work & Learn Day!
Two of our favorite volunteers - Executive Director Kathy Becklin and Garden Coordinator Nadine Rasmussen.
Two of our favorite volunteers – Executive Director Kathy Becklin (R) and Kihei School Garden Coordinator Nadine Rasmussen (L) help out at Lokelani Intermediate School.

A very special mahalo to all of our wonderful volunteers!

If you are interested in volunteering with Grow Some Good, contact Cynthia at Volunteer@GrowSomeGood.org for more information.

 

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Checking the leaf. Is it heart-shaped enough to qualify?

Garden Scavenger Hunt at Kahului Elementary

A Fun Review of Garden Lessons

Kahului Elementary School’s 1st grade garden classes recently did Garden Scavenger Hunts as a fun way to review the lessons they have learned so far this year:

  • Identifying the parts of the plant: flower, stem, leaves, roots and their purpose
  • Recognizing our insect and bug friends in the garden, and where to find them.
  • Using our five senses to discover sounds, smells, textures and colors (and tastes!) in the garden.
  • Understanding what “weeds” are, how to identify and remove them. (If in doubt, don’t pull it out!)
Scavenger Hunt List
Scavenger Hunt List

Each pair of students was given a collection box courtesy of Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods containing a “checklist,” scissors and a “bug cup” with instructions to collect the following:

  1. A flower.
  2. A bug, insect or worm.
  3. Two weeds – one per student.
  4. Something that smells/stinky.
  5. A heart-shaped leaf.
Looking for Insects
Looking for Insects
Clipping a heart-shaped leaf.
Clipping a heart-shaped leaf.
Looking for Weeds.
Looking for Weeds.

What they Found

Marigolds provided lots of flowers; students hunted down ants, sow bugs and worms, and weeds were easy to come by. “Smelly” items included the lemon, Thai or Italian green basil, green onions, sage, lemongrass or rosemary which all have strong smells. One student insisted the flower of the marigold was sufficiently smelly to qualify! ʻUala (sweet potato) was the first choice for a heart-shaped leaf, but the beans and squash plants lost a few leaves too!

Getting Checked

The Garden Educator “checked” the items for the first pair of students to complete the scavenger hunt. Subsequent pairs of students were “checked” by classmates. This is where the real learning came in as they questioned each other as to whether or not a plant “smelled” enough, whether a leaf was “heart-shaped” enough, and whether or not the top of a weed counted or, “Does it need to have the roots attached?”

Demonstrating cooperation in the garden.
Demonstrating cooperation in the garden.

Garden Literacy

During after-activity follow-up questions with students it was clear all had improved their garden literacy and ability to identity and describe what they had found, as well as added new words to their vocabularies. Some students also learned that keeping an ant in a cup has its challenges.

Well done, Kahului Elementary School!

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Ono Gelato Specials in December

Ono Gelato Creamery & Shack Cafe

Maui’s favorite Ono Gelato in Kihei is now Ono Gelato Creamery & Shack Café and they’ve got some delicious new menu items to try! During the next few weeks, 10% of the revenue from each of these specials is donated to Grow Some Good.
Ono Gelato uses fresh, natural, local and organic ingredients available on Maui. Stop by and give them a try. And be sure to leave room for dessert!

Special Menu Items

Now through December 10, 2016:  Lemongrass Turkey Bahn-Mi Sandwich Lemongrass-Ginger Brined Turkey Breast on a Homemade Baguette with spicy cucumbers, carrots and onions, papaya salsa and cilantro with crunchy peanut slaw on the side.

December 11 – 23, 2016: Sausage and Peppers Italian Sausage, Sweet Peppers & Maui Onion Sautéed in Vodka Marinara with Fresh Mozzarella on a Homemade Hoagie with Roasted Veggie Salad on the Side.

A big mahalo to the team at Ono Gelato for supporting Grow Some Good!

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Hāna Ranch Hāna Burger Food Truck Smoothie

Hāna Ranch Smoothies Benefit Grow Some Good

Hāna Ranch Hāna Burger Food Truck SmoothieWe’re pleased to announce Hāna Ranch is generously supporting Grow Some Good with their delicious farm-fresh smoothies. They will donate $1 to Grow Some Good for every smoothie sold in the month of November.

Farm-Fresh Smoothies

The made-to-order smoothies at the Hāna Burger Food Truck change daily depending on what they’re harvesting from the farm that morning. Typical flavors include organic papaya, pineapple, coconut, and banana.

Hāna Burger Food Truck

Hāna Ranch Hāna Burger Food TruckThe Hāna Burger Food Truck is open for lunch seven days a week from 10am to 4pm and is located at Hāna Ranch (5670 Hāna Highway). Hāna Burger uses ingredients harvested directly from their organic farm and from local fisherman. Current menu items include a fresh fish sandwich, farm salads, the signature Hāna Burger with grilled grass-fed beef, house-made pickles, refreshing fresh fruit smoothies and more.

Hāna Ranch

Hāna Ranch is a working cattle ranch and organic farm on 3,600 acres in Hāna, Hawaiʻi. Their focus is on sustainable agriculture that enriches the land and that will provide healthy, fresh food for the people of Hāna, Maui, and Hawaiʻi to enjoy. We are excited to partner with them as we both strive to improve access to fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs for everyone in our community.

Mahalo to the Hāna Ranch family for your support!

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Jazzing it Up at DUO Restaurant to Support Grow Some Good

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Our friends DUO Restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea partnered with the Maui Jazz and Blues Festival to create a unique dining experience benefiting Grow Some Good. Guests enjoyed selections from a special menu and live performances of some of the world’s best Jazz and Blues talent. It was an evening of wonderful food and great entertainment in a beautiful atmosphere at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

Fresh from School Gardens

img_4173Chef Craig Dryhurst and his team served up a mouth-watering menu featuring fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from our own school gardens.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            .

Special Musical Guests

img_4190Diners enjoyed Live Jazz and Blues with a special sneak peek of this year’s JazzFest artists, including Blues Guitar Legend & Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Louis Walker, Grammy and NEA Master New Orleans Jazz Royalty Delfeayo Marsalis, and Grammy Nominated Jazz Saxophone Master Javon Jackson (pictured at right).

Mahalo to Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea and the entire team at DUO!

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Maui Jazz & Blues Festival

JAZZ FEST LOGO 2016The 6th annual Maui Jazz and Blues Festival held a variety of events across Maui. Featured Festival performers included  Joe Louis Walker,  Jazz/Rock Guitar Legend & Godfather of Fusion  Larry Coryell,  Delfeayo Marsalis,  Grammy winners  The Band Courtbouillon  with Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy; Javon Jackson,  Award Winning Jazz Trumpeter  Gabriel Mark Hasselbach,  Sax Master Rock Hendricks  and Maui’s own Jazz Guitarist & Na Hoku Winner  Benny Uyetake, The King Kekaulike High School Jazz Band, and  The Jazz Alley TV Trio.

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