Sophia Mershad

Garden Coordinator

King Kamehameha III Elementary and Makawao Elementary

Sophia holds a degree in Sustainability Studies with an emphasis in Permaculture Design. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leader School in Patagonia, Chile and has an appreciation for herbal medicine. While in college she had an internship at an Environmental Education Center and realized that there was a way to combine her passion for children, farming, and the environment.  

My goals for the school garden program this year:
To get the children excited about the wonderful world of plants!

What I’m looking forward to most:
Getting the children to eat different fruits or vegetables that they normally wouldn’t.

What I like most about school garden programs:
Getting children outside and getting their hands in the soil. There is a lot less of that happening these days.

What inspires me about working with kids in the garden:
Seeing the big smiles and excitement that comes from discovering and learning new things. We are all meant to connect with nature.

My favorite fruit or vegetable that grows on Maui:
Longans, dino kale and lilikoi!

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