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!

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_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

Canoe Garden 2010

Hōkūao Pellegrino works with other volunteers to educate kids about our “Canoe Garden” that features plants that were brought by the Polynesians when they settled in Hawai’i. He educated kids in the historical importance of the plants and how they were used hundreds of years ago as well as today.

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View the entire slideshow on Flickr!