Grow Some Good is a nonprofit program dedicated to creating 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.
Grow Some Good – previously named South Maui School Gardens Project – was created in 2008 as a program of South Maui Sustainability’s School Garden Committee to support gardens created at Kihei Elementary, Lokelani Intermediate School and Kamali’i Elementary. Since its inception, the program has expanded its outreach at Kihei Elementary from one teacher and three small raised beds to a 10,000 square-foot school garden with 29 teachers and more than 620 students participating in the outdoor learning programs.
In 2012, the group evolved its identity to better encapsulate the mission of their programs and to better respond to requests for assistance with schools throughout the island. Thus, “Grow Some Good” was born. Through partnerships with the County of Maui, Community Work Day, Maui School Garden Network, Kihei-Wailea Rotary Club and other local organizations, Grow Some Good continues to expand its outreach to neighborhood schools and their surrounding communities. Thanks to the support of our chef /restaurant sponsors – Chef Dan Fiske, owner of PrivateMauiChef.com, Chef Brian Etheredge, owner of Capische?, Chef Peter Merriman of Monkeypod Kitchen – the Kihei Elementary School and Lokelani Intermediat School programs have funding for ongoing garden maintenance and a part-time coordinator position. With your continued support and assistance we are able to plant new seeds of change every day in our gardens with inspired outdoor learning adventures and greater nutrition awareness for our keiki.
Grow Some Good is always on the lookout for enthusiastic garden volunteers to help our living classrooms thrive. Volunteers contribute to garden maintenance, curriculum support, planning, project direction and community outreach. Check out our calendar for the latest on upcoming Work and Learn Days. Dig in the garden, inspire kids and their families to grow food and harvest the rewards! If you’d like to be notified about volunteer activities, sign up today.