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Wild Ones Seeds for Education

Deadline: October 15, 2011

The Wild Ones – Seeds for Education Program (SFE) began in 1996 and was named in honor of naturalist and Wild Ones inspirational leader Lorrie Otto, a pioneer in the natural landscaping movement in the United States and on who’s philosophy Wild Ones was founded. SFE annually gives cash awards to places of learning and other organized groups who successfully communicate their vision of creating natural landscapes using native plants for the purpose of educating users of the facility and the community. Applications are judged and winners selected by a volunteer panel of educators and naturalists. SFE Nursery Partners (native plant nurseries and propagators) also donate seeds, plants and guidance to grant recipients.

Many Wild Ones support community efforts to establish or maintain natural areas, and work with local schools, scout groups and other organizations to create butterfly gardens, rainwater gardens, or other projects.

The Wild Ones’ mission (to educate and share information about the benefits of natural landscaping using native species to promote biodiversity and environmentally sound practices) encourages members to interact with the community. As members see the results of their native landscaping in their backyards, they begin to notice other areas in their communities where naturally landscaping could be beneficial. They also become aware of community efforts to help children learn about the natural world. Many members support these efforts.  See more at  www.for-wild.org/aboutsit.html

Herb Society of America Grant for Educators

Due: December 31, 2010
The Grant for Educators challenges individuals, groups or small businesses to develop and deliver learning experiences to the public. The grant recognizes innovative projects that enhance herbal education in school systems, in communities, or in any public forum (electronic or person-to-person). It requires learning goals and a mechanism to measure the educational outcomes.
Go to www.herbsociety.org/resources/educator-grants.html

Project Orange Thumb Grant ~ December 31, 2010

Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb provides tools, materials and other support to help communities reach their goals for neighborhood beautification, community collaboration and healthy, sustainable food sources. This year, Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb will select 11 recipients – 10 programs will receive $5,000 in cash and tools to help support their goals of neighborhood beautification and horticulture education, and one lucky applicant will receive a complete garden makeover!
Go to http://www2.fiskars.com/Activities/Project-Orange-Thumb/

Youth Garden Grants

Youth Garden Grants from the National Gardening Association
Deadline:  Rolling

Why Youth Gardens? We use gardening as a vehicle for encouraging children to make good food choices, augmenting classroom studies with experiential learning, building a love of nature, stimulating social interaction, facilitating cultural exchange, and more.  View data from 2009 that quantifies the benefits of school and youth gardens.
2010 Youth Garden Grant Winners Announced NGA and The Home Depot are delighted to announce the winners of the 2010 Youth Garden Grants. These 100 exemplary school and community projects engage children and young people as learners, explorers, leaders, and nurturers in outdoor garden settings.    Click here to view a list of the organizations selected.

Go to www.kidsgardening.com/grants.asp.

Local Chef’s Adopt Garden

This year, Chef Brian Etheredge, owner of Capische Restaurant, and Chef Dan Fiske, owner of PrivateMauiChef.com, have signed on as major sponsors of the Kihei Elementary School Garden. Their combined sponsorships will supplement other funds to purchase garden materials and support a part-time school garden coordinator position. Chefs Etheredge and Fiske also plan on contributing their culinary talents to food education classes and harvests later in the season.

Stay tuned for some awesome harvest parties and other special events to benefit the garden!

New Season Blooms

Nearly 600 K-5 students have been busy digging, planting, watering and discovering new creatures in their beautiful new garden.  The garden has sprung to life with vibrant green and blooming plants, some ready to harvest – like radishes, zucchini and basil!

Big mahalos to South Maui Sustainability volunteers who designed and installed this growing community-based learning center.

Fruits and vegetables planted in this year’s school garden include squash, kalo (taro), ‘olena (turmeric), sweet potato (‘uala), banana, papaya, tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, eggplant, beans, herbs and beneficial flowers. This year’s garden additions also feature a Pizza Garden with herbs and veggies for pizza toppings, a Salsa Garden, a Three Sisters Native American-inspired garden, and a Canoe Garden featuring plants imported by Hawaii’s early settlers to Hawaii.

planting oreganoBest of all, the kids are EXCITED about plants, gardening, fruits and vegetables! Check out our most recent planting days in a new video produced by volunteer Elizabeth Crow.

Mahalo to all for helping us build this amazing living classroom!

Introducing Our New School Garden Coordinator

Aloha Friends –South Maui School Garden Coordinator

My name is Kirk Surry and I’ve been volunteering for the past two years in the garden, watching it sprout from three plots to a 10,000 square foot living classroom. It’s truly been the most heart warming and fulfilling experience. I’m now serving the garden and school as a part-time coordinator, working with Nio, Kathy, Susan and other volunteers to manage the garden and get the most out of what it has to offer our students, teachers, parents and volunteers.

This newsletter is our new hub to share garden updates and class activity ideas we hope will inspire you to learn and teach in this living classroom. As we try new things, we’re hoping to hear from you – your opinions, ideas, experiences in the garden, favorite stories, and anything else you’d like offer. Please email me with your thoughts. I’m excited to see true seeds of change being planted for the futures of our keiki and so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of that change! Mahalo – Kirk

Capische?

capische_lo red FF_txtCapische? and Chef’s Brian Etheredge and Christopher Kulis are avid supporters of the Grow Some Good program.  We are honored to have them as Sustaining Partners, event sponsors and participants in our fundraisers.  Chefs Brian and Chris also join us in the gardens several times a year, inspiring students in recipe workshops.  6897834592_4573229b87

Brian Etheredge