Your Gift Keeps Us Growing!

Thank you for considering a donation to the South Maui School Gardens Project.  The important work you’ve heard about in these pages is made possible entirely because of people like you.  Your contribution will be put right to work buying soil amendments, seeds, starts, mulch, garden tools and much more to keep our gardens growing.  We accept the following types of contributions:

  1. Contribute In-kind donations of equipment or supplies. The generous contributions of in-kind donations of resources, supplies and labor from local businesses are key to getting school gardens established and are an integral part of their continued sustainability.
  2. Contribute your time by signing up as a volunteer.
  3. Make a donation to the South Maui School Gardens Project. Your tax deductible contributions directly support  our work with teachers, students, educators and provide outreach support. Your support is an investment in our keiki and our island home.  We have 501c3 status as a project under Tri-Isle RC&D

You may donate one of two ways:

1.  By Check or Cash:  Please make checks payable to TriIsle RC&D.

Mail checks to:

South Maui School Gardens Project
c/o Kathy Becklin
545 Halalai Place
Kihei HI 96753


2.  Donate Online:

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Mahalo nio loa for your kokua.

Kihei School Garden Chef Sponsor Featured in Maui Menu Magazine

Chef Sponsors in the News

Kihei School Garden Chef Sponsor Featured in Maui Menu MagazineChef Brian Etheredge of Capische? and Il Teatro  and friend, celebrated Maui Chef Dan Fiske, recently teamed up to help fund the  South Maui School Gardens Project at Kīhei Elementary School where kids learn about the importance of food systems in their community and get connected to the environment in a hands on and exciting way.  A positive offshoot of the project is that young people learn about nutrition and sustainability while using skills helpful in language arts, math, science and social studies.

“Society and mass marketing put forth food options for children that I don’t necessary support and this is my way of standing up for the future health and welfare of our children,” shares Chef Brian in a typical moment of enthusiasm when asked about the garden project.  “Everyone has a voice in this community and this is one way that I choose to use my skills to give back and contribute to the Island ‘ohana.”

Read full article in Menu Magazine.

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