The MauiNews – Thank you letter to Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

From the January 2nd, 2011 issue of the MauiNews.

On behalf of the South Maui School Gardens Project of South Maui Sustainability and Tri-Isle Resource Conservation and Development Program, mahalo to Maui Nui Botanical Gardens for generously donating plants to the Kihei Elementary School garden.

The large selection of Polynesian-introduced plants is being used to teach students about the original Hawaiian “canoe plants”: kalo (taro), ko (sugar cane), ‘uala (sweet potato) and ‘awapuhi kuahiwi (ginger).

We also appreciate staffers Tamara Sherril and Stephanie Seidman for taking time to provide plant names and cultivation information, and to prepare the plants for their new home; and Interim Director Anders Lyon for helping make these resources available to local schools.

Susan Wyche

South Maui Sustainability

 

 

 

 

 

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!

New Season Blooms

Nearly 600 K-5 students have been busy digging, planting, watering and discovering new creatures in their beautiful new garden.  The garden has sprung to life with vibrant green and blooming plants, some ready to harvest – like radishes, zucchini and basil!

Big mahalos to South Maui Sustainability volunteers who designed and installed this growing community-based learning center.

Fruits and vegetables planted in this year’s school garden include squash, kalo (taro), ‘olena (turmeric), sweet potato (‘uala), banana, papaya, tomatoes, cucumbers, greens, eggplant, beans, herbs and beneficial flowers. This year’s garden additions also feature a Pizza Garden with herbs and veggies for pizza toppings, a Salsa Garden, a Three Sisters Native American-inspired garden, and a Canoe Garden featuring plants imported by Hawaii’s early settlers to Hawaii.

planting oreganoBest of all, the kids are EXCITED about plants, gardening, fruits and vegetables! Check out our most recent planting days in a new video produced by volunteer Elizabeth Crow.

Mahalo to all for helping us build this amazing living classroom!