Lokelani Waverider Pride Blooms

DSCN2243(1)This week, students at Lokelani Intermediate School continued their campus wide beautification and sustainable agriculture program with more than 100 students, teachers and volunteers gathering to Mālama ‘Āina as ohana. Garden terraces, classrooms and entries were weeded, mulched and planted with incredible enthusiasm from students.

Mahalo nui loa to the Cooke Foundation for funding and inspiring the continuation of this incredible transformation. The entire campus is filled with new life, tremendous pride, honor and laulima – many hands working together – to create a kinder, more prosperous future.

It’s happening in a school garden near you. Dig in.  https://growsomegood.org/volunteer/

To see more photos by ‘Āina Angels Laura Van Wagner and Nio Kindla, VISIT OUR FACEBOOK ALBUM

Dec. 5 Vintage Wine Weekend Ocean Front Gala with Makana to Benefit Grow Some Good

vwwmasthead-imagesonlyDecember 5th-7th, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea presents an exclusive three-day tour of the vine with the nation’s top winemakers, including concerts performed by internationally acclaimed musicians and opportunities to savour the imaginative cuisine of the Resort’s award-winning culinary team. Perched above the stunning Wailea coast, this intimate weekend affair is the best little wine event in the Pacific.

A portion of proceeds from the weekend’s opening night — Ocean Front Gala Featuring Makana Dec. 5 — will benefit Grow Some Good school garden programs!

Purchase your ticket for opening night or click here to view all events and purchase tickets for the entire weekend, including violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn, who performs on the legendary 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius. Guests may also contact the Four Seasons concierge for more information and ticket purchases over the phone: 808.874.8000.

This 3rd annual event is sure to sell out, so RSVP today!

#FSWineGala

Maui Prep Academy Digs Into Edible Classrooms

IMG_0783Aloha Maui! We’re excited about new school garden programs launching on the West Side in collaboration with Maui School Garden Network and generous support from Chef Nabavi, Makana Aloha Foundation and Ulupono Initiative. School garden programs are sprouting up this month at Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary School and Maui Preparatory Academy. Students are composting, preparing soil for new beds and planting seeds for their new edible classrooms.

We’ll keep posting to this album with more photos from all the good things growing in these schools.  Next stop — Lahaina Intermediate School… Stay tuned 🙂

For more information on getting involved with these programs, visit https://growsomegood.org/volunteer/

Dec. 27 Holiday Home Cooking with Chef Nabavi!

chef-paris-nabavi_400x400The holidays are here!  And what do we love to do on the holidays?  Eat, drink, give back, and be merry!  In this very special Cooking Demo and Dinner on December 27, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., to benefit Grow Some Good, Chef Paris Nabavi will talk you through the intricacies of some Persian holiday delights- including Pomegranate Walnut Stew and Roasted Goose!

Guests are invited to bring a favorite bottle of wine or enjoy a variety of wines chosen from Chef Nabavi’s private selection. Paris invites you for food, fine wine, and good company as he shares secrets from his homeland.

If you have attended a cooking class before, you know how fun these can be. If not, here’s your chance. Classes are limited to 20 people and a donation of $100 a person will be given (in full) to Grow Some Good.

 pariscookingcollageSee pictures of the last Cooking Demo in October here. (photo credit Mieko Photography)

RSVP

Only the first 20 reservations will be accepted. Ages 21 and older.  Please make reservations through Eventbrite link here.
To sign up to receive email updates from ChefNabavi.com please sign up here: http://chefnabavi.com/

Any questions or problems with reservations, please contact Kristin Hettermann at kristin@gracedelivers.com.
SEE YOU THERE!

Kihei Charter Middle School Grows Some Good STEAM Projects

kihei charterKihei Charter Middle School recently expanded their edible classroom with new garden beds and a refurbished nursery and compost area. As part of the school’s experienced based learning approach to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) curriculum, 6-8 grade students create scientific experiments, engineering projects and nutrition classes — all based in the garden.  Produce is harvested and served during recipe demonstrations and plans include a farmer’s market stand to model self-sustaining business skills.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities with this program, visit https://growsomegood.org/volunteer/

RSVP: Bokashi Composting Workshop This Saturday, Sept. 13

bokashi-on-scraps-sgGrow Some Good is offering a 1 hour, hands-on workshop that will lead you through the steps to making your own Bokashi mix, as well as exploring how you can use this highly effective composting system.

For a $20 donation participants leave with one 5-gallon bucket of Bokashi mix made during the workshop! Bring you own bucket with a tight fitting lid,  or for a $30 donation, Grow Some Good provides the bucket and lid. Regular market value is approx. $45/bucket.

*Special $10 donation per 5-gallon bucket for school garden programs.

The Bokashi workshop is excellent opportunity to learn about this wonderful composting additive..and great fun to boot!  Nio Kindla will lead participants in a demonstration of creating the mix, which includes  hand stirring batches of bran, molasses, water and the magic ingredient ‘EM’ (stands for Effective Microorganisms) together in a large tub (in the right order!) and then packing it in an airtight bucket.

Please email your RSVP by noon Friday, Sept. 12, so we order supplies in advance and reserve a bucket of Bokashi for your home or school garden.

WHEN:bokashi-active-bran
Saturday, September 13
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
– Immediately following the Kihei Charter Middle School Work & Learn Day which begins at 8:30 a.m.  You’re welcome to join us for all or part of the day.

WHERE:
Kihei Charter Middle School
41 E Lipoa St, Kihei, HI 96753
Notes: Located at Lipoa Center in rear of building.

RSVP (by Noon Friday):
Nio@GrowSomeGood.org

 

wailuku elementary school work & learn day with grow some good

[RESCHEDULED] Wailuku Elementary Work & Learn Day —> Saturday, Sept. 13

Wailuku Elementary School work & learn day with grow some good.UPDATE: DUE TO WATER SHUT OFF ISSUES ON CAMPUS, WORK & LEARN DAY RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, SEPT. 13

Calling all Wailuku Elementary School parents, teachers and ohana! Grow Some Good in your neighborhood Saturday, September 13, as we prepare the school garden for a new year of outdoor learning adventures.  Join us as we weed, till cover crops, recondition soil, compost and give the garden some extra TLC to prepare for our first year of integrating the school garden into daily curriculum with K-5th graders.

The Wailuku Elementary School garden is growing from an after-school program to a daily curriculum-focused outdoor learning space to support hands-on learning in science, math, history, Hawaiian culture, literacy and health.

No experience necessary. Work & Learn stations provide tasks for volunteers of all ages and skill levels.

You’re invited to dig in for all or part of the day this Saturday morning… and stay for our garden ohana picnic to celebrate all the good things growing at Wailuku Elementary School + Register for our School Garden Club for free garden plants, discounts with Kihei Ace Hardware and other local businesses in Central and South Maui.

WHAT TO BRING
Hat, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, drinking container and a fresh snack or dish to share.

WHERE
Wailuku Elementary School IMG_8022
355 S. High Street
Wailuku, HI  96793
Note: Garden is located in back of campus behind buildings K and L, adjacent to Koeli Street.

WHEN

Saturday, September 13
8:30 am – Noon (Work & Learn Day in the garden)
Noon (Potluck picnic)

See you there!

 

Apply Now: Part-Time School Garden Coordinator

School Garden Coordinator / Class Facilitator

Kihei Elementary School Garden

kids-in-classmattbitesHOURS:
Contract position starting at 30-35 hours per week
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 5 days per week + prep time (TBD)

WAGE:
$18 – $22 per hour depending on experience

Job Description

Grow Some Good is contracting part-time Garden Coordinator at Kihei Elementary School to provide support for the growing school garden. Position offers support to teachers and students to maximize the educational potential of the garden. The Garden Coordinator leads curriculum focused outdoor explorations and garden-based nutrition workshops, while providing professional development training for teachers in the process. The Garden Coordinator acts as a resource for teachers as they plan their own cross-curricular lessons in the outdoor classroom, and models skills that teachers need to feel comfortable using the garden to teach science, history, social studies, cultural studies, math, literacy and other standards in practical real-life applications.

The Coordinator

• Facilitates garden science classes, incorporating both environmental science and nutrition education as they relate to the garden;

• Works closely with classroom teachers to develop lessons that support classroom teaching in a range of curriculum areas (science, social studies, mathematics, language arts, etc.)

• Oversees and coordinates students’ hands-on experiences in the garden

(planting, tending, harvesting and cooking);

• Builds involvement in and commitment to the school garden within the school

community, including teachers, administrators, students, parents and community

volunteers;

• Builds relevant participation within the school by co-teaching with classroom teachers, and developing teacher skills in outdoor classroom management techniques;

• Maintains the garden, coordinating volunteers and working with PTA and Grow Some Good to secure all needed supplies;

• Leads a group of students in garden-related projects through after-school programming.

Job Responsibilities

  • 4-6 garden-based education classes per day, 5 days per week;
  • Collaborate with Grow Some Good on garden scheduling / maintenance, plan and prepare for garden work activities, co-manage planting schedule, ensure availability of tools and other necessary materials;
  • Establish garden time schedule for teachers;
  • Attend school wide staff meetings;
  • Co-teach after-school garden club;
  • Participate in community garden events that bring students, families, teachers and community members together;
  • Participate in school-wide garden events;
  • Attend grade level meetings on a monthly basis for collaborations and core curriculum alignment;
  • Monitor, document and report on all activities and extent of student and teacher participation;

Desired Skills and Experience

  • 2-3 years of facilitation or teaching experience with youth aged 5 – 12 (outdoor group management experience preferred);
  • Knowledge and skills in small scale organic food production or home gardening;
  • Knowledge of or interest in topics including urban gardening, botany, biodynamics, indigenous farming techniques; environmental science, health and nutrition, food systems, food access;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations including youth and adults;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking skills;
  • Ability to work independently and be flexible;
  • Computer skills and project management skills;
  • Experience and/or training in positive behavior

To Apply, Send cover letter and resume to Apply@GrowSomeGood.org. No phone calls please.

 

 

 

 

Kamali’i Elementary 1st Annual Harvest Festival

harvest-6Grow Some Good and world-class chefs prepared gourmet cuisine from garden grown ingredients with more than 600 K-5 students and Kamali’i Elementary PTA parents and volunteers.

Big MAHALO to our team of awesome volunteers and Eric Mitchell of The Outrigger Pizza Company, Chefs Jackie Brown and Marilyn Mina of Ko Restaurant at The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, Chef Shannon Noble of Cafe Carmen at The Tech Park, Private Chef Nicholas Porrecca, JJ Johnson of O’o and Chef Jana McMahon, Maui Private Chef and Chef Matt Yakabouski for prepping ingredients – including 2 gallons of garden fresh basil pesto! And Mana Foods for donating extra organic produce for all of our end of year Harvest Festivals, serving more than 1,800 students in 3 South Maui Schools.harvest-24

At the Art of Pizza Station, students loaded their gourmet pizzas with beets, zucchini, carrots and bell peppers and a choice of pesto and marinara sauces. Then on to the Grow Some Good Lo Lemonade Station, juicing heirloom ko sugar cane and Olinda Meyer lemons for a healthy refreshing treat!

March 8 Gala: Taste of School Gardens

Migrant_smedia_FBMarch 8: Taste of School Gardens

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Photography: Peter Liu

Grow Some Good school garden programs are planting seeds for Mauiʻs next generation of farmers, chefs, teachers, scientists and entrepreneurs.

Local chefs and school garden supporters will celebrate all the good things growing for more than 2,500 students in South and Central Maui school garden programs at the 2nd Annual Grow Some Good:  Taste of School Gardens event.

Hotel Waileaʻs Sunset Lawn will host this special sunset event serving gourmet dishes prepared from local and school garden-grown ingredients by Mauiʻs top chefs, including:

Lots of vegetarian options available. CLICK HERE for Menu and list of 27 fine wines and local brews included in your ticket price.

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BrownChicken BrownCow String Band

Music by BrownChicken BrownCow String Band and Master of Ceremonies Dean Wong (Exec. Director of Imua Family Services), and amazing live and silent auction (AUCTION PREVIEW LINK) and a gorgeous sunset view greets this gathering of ʻohana, growing a bountiful future on Maui.

Saturday, March 8, 2014
5:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Hotel Wailea
555 Kaukahi Street
Wailea, HI 96753
Parking Note:
Guest parking is located in the large grassy lot on the corner of Wailea Ike Drive and Kalai Waa Drive. Shuttles will be running regularly from the parking lot to Hotel Wailea from 2 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.  See the map below for details. Guests who park on Kaukahi Street may be ticketed by the Maui County Police. Parking_for_GSG_Event

 

Advance Tickets:
$89 per person
$850 table of 10*

$99 per person at the door

All guests must be 21+ to attend this event.

NOTICE: ADVANCE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT, BUT $99 TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. WE HAVE A BIG BEAUTIFUL TENT IN CASE WE GET SOME SPRINKLES, BUT FORECAST LOOKS CLEAR FOR EVENT TIME. SEE YOU THERE!

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Mahalo Nui Loa to Our Sponsors

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Special thanks to:

Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council
Mulligan’s on the Blue
Maui Culinary Academy

… And every wonderful teacher, parent, volunteer and local business that digs in to help school gardens on Maui thrive!