Thursday, April 7 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Friday, April 8 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
We’re serving up Pizza Garden Harvest Parties this week at Kihei Elementary School and you’re invited! We could use a few extra volunteers during both days to assist in managing the kids for this fun event on Thursday and Friday.
On the menu… KES garden sponsors Chef Brian Etheridge of Capische? and Chef Dan Fiske of PrivateMauiChef.com will demo recipes and serve pizza made with ingredients grown and harvested from the school’s Pizza Garden. Students will learn about ingredients grown for their favorite foods and collecting herbs to create their own tomato, fresh mozzarella & basil caprese salads!
If you can drop by and help out for even an hour, please do. You’ll be glad you did.
Email Kirk Surry, our SMSGP KiheiSchool Garden Coordinator (kirksurry at yahoo dot com) or give him a call at (808)269-6300 to let us know when you’ll be joining us in the garden.
Parking is available in the lower Kihei Community/Aquatics Center parking lot across Lipoa Street from Kihei Elementary School . Please check in at the office and get a name tag on your way over to the garden.
This profile on Maui School Garden Network’s visionary Lehn Huff just out in print in the March-April 2011 issue of Maui No Ka ‘Oi magazine. .
From the article:
Lehn Huff – Cultivating Connections
“Now that I’m retired, I can pick my priorities,” she says. “I choose to put my energies into food security and nutrition.”
You can sense the urgency in her commitment. “We import 85 percent of our food, and have the highest rate of obesity and childhood-onset diabetes in the nation. We live in a year-round climate for growing fruits and vegetables. Something is wrong with this picture. Knowing children the way I do, having worked with them for thirty years, I simply cannot walk away from this cause.”
Read the rest of the Maui No Ka ‘Oi Magazine profile on Lehn Huff and the Maui School Garden Nework here.
On behalf of the South Maui School Gardens Project we’d like to congratulate Lehn Huff and the Maui School Garden Network for connecting our school garden programs by way of the recently launched MauiSchoolGardenNetwork.org blog site. Great things are growing in Maui County!
Thank You Lehn, for providing the vision and direction to see the development of MSGN into an online resource for connecting, engaging and inspiring our youth, our educators and community volunteers and supporters.
And special thanks to South Maui School Gardens Project member Kathy Becklin who has dedicated herself to seeing the MSGN web presence meet the needs of a multitude of different users. Great work Kathy!
Through structured pledges of support and commitments to school garden and nutrition programs, our Garden Sponsors share a vision of educational gardens in every school in Maui County.
Contact us if you’d like to find out more about becoming a partner.
Thank you to our Kihei School Garden sponsors:
Chef Brian Etheredge
Capiche? & Il Teatro
Chef Dan Fiske
A Private Maui Chef
Worm composting, or vermiculture, provides students an opportunity to enrich their school garden, both literally and figuratively, and is an easy way to teach students that waste is in the eye of the beholder. While learning and applying skills that satisfy Hawaii State Academic Standards, students can study worms and how worm composting turns garbage into worm food and then into soil nutrition for new plantings.
Use of school cafeteria and garden vegetable waste for the worm bin also provides opportunities for a variety of interesting experiments, and maintaining a worm bin in the classroom can culminate in a school garden or class project using the finished super nutrient rich product as worm “castings” or worm “tea”.
By organizing students or classes into worm care teams, (or worm farmers!) they take on the responsibility of providing an optimal habitat for the worms. Such responsibility is an important component of student development and an added bonus to this hands on garden learning experience. Contact Kirk Surry – School garden Coordinator for South Maui School Gardens Project to schedule a learn about worms class.
Thanks to Kihei School Garden volunteer Buck Joiner for donating our first red wigglers and their new worm bin home located in the KES garden.
Learn basic anatomy of a worm in real life by bringing your class to the garden for a fun and educational opportunity to bring your classroom lessons to life in the garden.
For more in-depth exploration of worm composting download a copy of “The Worm Guide – A Vermicompsting Guide for Teachers”.
Fun Worm Facts
Thank you for considering a donation to the South Maui School Gardens Project. The important work you’ve heard about in these pages is made possible entirely because of people like you. Your contribution will be put right to work buying soil amendments, seeds, starts, mulch, garden tools and much more to keep our gardens growing. We accept the following types of contributions:
You may donate one of two ways:
1. By Check or Cash: Please make checks payable to Tri‐Isle RC&D.
Mail checks to:
South Maui School Gardens Project
c/o Kathy Becklin
545 Halalai Place
Kihei HI 96753
2. Donate Online:
Mahalo nio loa for your kokua.
Saturday, April 2nd
8:00 – 11:00 A.M.
Kihei Elementary School
The Kihei School garden is thriving with new spring plantings. Come join us this Saturday, April 2nd for a fun morning of weeding and sprucing the garden in preparation for our chef harvest pizza parties on April 7th and 8th.
Its a great opportunity to check out what’s been growing on at Kihei Elementary and also a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk story with some of the real heroes of the Kihei School Garden Program. The teachers.
Kihei Elementary is fortunate to have a dedicated core group of teachers who have really connected with the garden and give back to the program with they’re tireless participation in these workdays. Want to get inspired? Come garden next to these educators and you’ll better understand the impact school gardens are having locally.
This weekend we have light maintenance planned: weeding, some irrigation work, soil aeration and compost turning.
Bring your gardening questions or come share your mana’o. And while this is a living classroom its still outdoors so dress accordingly comfortable gardening clothes and closed-toed shoes, hat and sunscreen.
South Maui School Gardens Project provides fresh fruits, snacks and water. Please bring your own cup or bottle.
Look for us in the middle of the campus, past the office and the new new upper campus playscape area.
Kihei Elementary School is across Lipoa street from the Kihei Community and Aquatics Center. Gates open 7:45.
South Maui School Gardens Project is always bringing new volunteers into our classroom and weekly garden maintenance and watering schedules. They’re is always something to do!
Checkout the South Maui School Gardens Project calendar at KiheiSchoolGarden.org see what volunteer times are available. Or contact SMSGP garden coordinator Kirk Surry at Yahoo dot com for more information on volunteering with our programs.
Gardens for Learning is a comprehensive guidebook that provides a strong foundation to support the growing school garden movement. It was developed by a team of experienced garden educators, nutritionists, California state officials, and other garden experts.
This guidebook is a must-have resource for anyone looking to enhance learning through the use of gardens in schools and other community settings.
Download the Complete PDF of Gardens for Learning
Cover and Introduction – Table of Contents, About CSGN, Foreward
Chapter 1 – Introduction to School Gardens
Chapter 2 – Planning Your School Garden
Chapter 3 – Linking Gardens to School Curriculum
Chapter 4 – Promoting Healthy Living
Chapter 5 – Designing Your School Garden
Chapter 6 – Finding Supplies and Funding Your Garden
Chapter 7 – Planting Your School Garden
Chapter 8 – Maintaining Your School Garden
Chapter 9 – Sustaining Your Garden
Chapter 10 – Working with Volunteers
For a good overview of some common garden pest and plant issues check out this quick reference library of bugs, caterpillars, insects and other plant diseases and problems, courtesy of National Gardening Association.
This is easy to use resource can help you quickly identify common plant pests and problems you’re likely to encounter in your garden. Great color photos and concise descriptions make this a great go-to-guide for every level of garden enthusiast, educator, student, and volunteer!