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Delicious Food & Great Fun at Taste of School Gardens

Friends of Grow Some Good Show Their Support

Saturday, March 10th, friends and supporters of Grow Some Good gathered to celebrate the 6th Annual Taste of School Gardens event, held at Maui Tropical Plantation. Guests enjoyed wonderful garden-inspired dishes, with fine wines, local brews, and music by the Deborah Vial Band. The event raised over $50,000 for our school garden programs.

“Zero Waste” Results

With the help of Maui Huliau Foundation Green Events program, we were able to reduce the amount of waste generated from the event that ended up in a landfill to just 7%, while 71% of waste was compostable, and 22% recycled.   

Gardens Change Lives

See how the kids enjoy the garden with our video, “Gardens Change Lives,” created in partnership with the Mālamalama Maui Project and Kilinahe Media.

 

Mahalo to all of our sponsors, restaurant partners, vendors, volunteers, and donors who helped make this a very special night.

 

                

                                                                  

Photo Credits: Mieko Photography

“Zero Waste” at Taste of School Gardens

Goals for the Environment

Grow Some Good cares deeply about our island environment, and it has long been a goal of ours to reduce the amount of waste generated at the annual Taste of School Gardens event. Through our partnership with the Maui Huliau Foundation Green Events program, and our event hosts at Maui Tropical Plantation, this year we hope to meet this goal and minimize the waste that goes to landfills.

What is “Zero-Waste?”

This year we’re excited to present a “zero-waste” event as part of our eco-plan for Taste of School Gardens. What does that mean? Can any event really be “zero-waste?”

Maybe not completely, but we can get close! Zero-waste stations throughout the event will have separate receptacles for food waste and recyclable material, diverting 65-86% of waste from landfills.  Each station has bins, educational signs and volunteers to ensure that items are disposed of properly. These waste stations become educational opportunities to share the importance of the tenants of reduce, reuse, and recycle, and demonstrate how simple it can be.

The use of compostable serving dishes, forks, and spoons, generously donated by Sustainable Island Products, will help reduce waste further. As gardeners, we know the value of composting and creating rich, vibrant soil, and we’re excited about using compostable materials.  We’re also encouraging guests to reuse their glassware, and providing rinse stations for glasses at the wine tents.

Mahalo to our partners in creating a zero-waste event at this year’s Taste of School Gardens.

 

Mahalo to Our Taste of School Gardens Sponsors

 

Taste of School Gardens 2018

Mahalo Nui Loa to Our Sponsors!

Taste of School Gardens at Maui Tropical Plantation

Taste of School Gardens took place Saturday, March 10th at the Maui Tropical Plantation Grand View Lawn. We’re grateful to our event hosts, Maui Tropical Plantation, for providing this venue surrounded by lush farmland, and with a breathtaking view of the Waikapu Valley.

Some of Maui’s best chefs served up delicious dishes inspired by school gardens. Mahalo for your support!

 

 

 

 

Featured Chefs and Restaurants:Photo of sample dish from Taste of School Gardens

 

Cheers!

Mahalo to our special fine wine and beer vendors:

Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants

Johnson Brothers of Hawaii

Paradise Beverages

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Maui Brewing Company

 

Entertainment By the Deborah Vial Band 

Mahalo to Maui singer Deborah Vial for sharing your great vocal talent at this event.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to our sponsors for lending their support and expertise to make this event a success!

Bradley Mason

Garden Coordinator

Lahaina Intermediate and Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary School

Bradley Mason

Bradley was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and moved to West Maui in July of 2010. The son of a teacher and coach, education and athletics have been a part of his life since his youth. He was an elite swimmer and water polo player in Illinois, so moving to an island home was a natural fit. He graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a major in Education and a minor in Math and Science Concepts for Middle School Instruction. This is his seventh year in education in West Maui having taught science at both Sacred Hearts School and Lahainaluna High School. This is his seventh season as the Head Coach of the Lahainaluna Water Polo team having earned MIL Coach of the Year recognition in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

His passion for organic gardening/farming, local food security and incorporating health and wellness into education began while at Sacred Hearts, where he created his first organic school garden. He was trained by the Ku Aina Pa School Garden Teacher Training Program based in Waimea, Hawaii and also at the Farm as School, Food as Medicine Institute, a biodynamic farm in Pauuilo, Hawaii. Bradley is excited to a part of the Grow Some Good family and continuing the important work of teaching West Maui students about growing food and establishing lifelong healthy habits.

Cynthia Cordova

Pu’u Kukui Elementary School and Waihe’e Elementary School

Cynthia Cordova

Cynthia has BA Degrees in Agriculture, Food and Sustainability and in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production. She started with Grow Some Good in 2016.

Cynthia says:

My goal for the gardens this year is to grow more, harvest more, and share more.

What I’m really looking forward to: Teaching in the shade structure that was built over the summer at Pu’u Kukui. When it rains or when it’s really hot the students now have a place to sit and take a break.

My favorite thing about working with kids is: teaching them the power of growth and watching them grow with their plants.

I’m looking forward to becoming a coordinator for a new school. I’m excited to meet the new community at Waihe’e and grow together.

My favorite thing about gardens is: how it creates a sense of community. It brings people together to work for a greater good.

My favorite fruits that grow on Maui are lilikoi and mango.

Kat Powers

Garden Coordinator

Kathy Powers

Kahului Elementary School & Wailuku Elementary School

Kat has 25+ years as professional landscape designer & contractor.  She has taken courses in landscape design, irrigation, native plant identification & small business practices. Kat is currently working on an Aromatherapy Certificate. Kat also serves as part-time Farm Manager for Grow Some Good.

Kat says:

My goal for my gardens this year is to provide a functional, healthy, fun & safe garden learning experience.

What I’m really looking forward to:  working with the kieki and getting to know the school communities.

My favorite thing about working with kids is: watching them thrive, laugh and learn!

My favorite thing about gardens is: being a part of all that grows.

My favorite fruit or vegetable that grows on Maui is breadfruit.

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I have so much appreciation for this opportunity to work in the school gardens.

Malia Bohlin

Development Director

Malia Bohlin

Malia has a BS in Mass Communications and Journalism, and a Master’s degree in Non Profit Management. She has over 20 years of fundraising experience, and started with Grow Some Good in 2015.

Malia says:

My goal for the school gardens this year is to keep them well-funded, with adequate supplies, staff time and materials, in order to optimize the fun, curiosity and learning in our outdoor classrooms.

I’m really looking forward to: the enhancement of our current lessons to align even more closely with curriculum standards, to better support teachers and have even more significant learning outcomes for students.

My favorite thing about working with kids is: their willingness to try new things.

My favorite thing about gardens is: witnessing the magic of growing things. From a small seed, to a sprout, a plant, a tree, and then harvesting buckets of fruit. Simply amazing.

My favorite fruit or vegetable that grows on Maui: it’s a tie between lilikoi and lychee. Ok, lilikoi.

Alexis Kageyama

Alexis Kageyama

Garden Coordinator & Curriculum Advisor

Lokelani Intermediate School and Kamali’i Elementary School

Alexis has BA Degrees in Sociology and Psychology with an Education Minor, along with over three years of experience teaching in an outdoor classroom. She served as lead science teacher at Galileo Camp, an educational summer camp.

Alexis says:

My goal for my gardens this year is to grow as much food as possible!

What I’m really looking forward to: spending time outdoors with the students and seeing their enthusiasm for the garden and nature.

My favorite thing about working with kids is: experiencing their curiosity, excitement, and unique perspective on the world.

My favorite thing about gardens is: the way they bring us closer to the Earth.

My favorite fruit or vegetable that grows on Maui is lychee!

Jadda Miller

Garden Coordinator and Curriculum Advisor

Jadda Miller

Kihei Elementary School

Jadda has a BS in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, and is currently working on an MS in Environmental Studies. She has worked for Grow Some Good since August 2017. 

Jadda Says: 

My goal for my garden this year is continue with the goals and progress that were made in the years past, while remaining open to new thoughts and visions for the garden in the years ahead. Allowing for it to become what the school and community envision it to be.

What I’m really looking forward to: learning more about is the Hawaiian language, culture and native plant varieties.

My favorite thing about working with kids is: I learn just as much, if not more, from them as they do from me. They are wonderful teachers.

My favorite thing about gardens is: the connection that happens between people and the Earth, which ideally leads to the cultivation of healthy food, soil, bodies, communities and environment.

My favorite fruit or vegetable that grows on Maui is an avocado.

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‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia.
No task is too big when done together by all.

Kathy Becklin

Kathy Becklin

Executive Director

Kathy has served as Executive Director since 2016. She is a co-founder of Grow Some Good and has been the treasurer, website developer and IT specialist since 2009.

Kathy has a BS in Computer Science. She has over 25 years of experience in technology working as software engineer and in management roles at companies including Lockheed Martin, SuccessFactors and Adobe Systems. She left high-tech when she moved to Maui in 2006 and started a career in real estate. Kathy is a Real Estate Broker with Keller Williams Realty Maui. As a gardening advocate, Kathy also has taken plant identification and landscape design classes as well as going through the Maui Master Gardeners program.

Kathy says: 

My goal for the school gardens this year is to move Grow Some Good to a more sustainable operating model where we work closely with schools to ensure high level education is happening in our outdoor classrooms. We are always looking for more ways to measure our impact. We see it everyday just by observing the classes. It is really about building productive gardens, productive kids and having a lot of fun. We have an amazing team this year!

My favorite thing about working with kids is: Kids don’t have borders. They are curious and can learn things that adults label as “too hard for that grade level.” I really love when they taste something new or observe a critter and are excited about sharing their experience with their family.

My favorite thing about gardens is: There is always something new to learn, new to try! There are always great friends to meet in the garden. I have to mention compost…I am the compost-queen…there are so many great lessons in composting.

My favorite fruit or vegetable that grows on Maui: Whatever is growing in my backyard. Mangopumelo and more. My new favorite is breadfruit and hope to get a tree growing soon!