Our program was created in 2008 under South Maui Sustainability’s School Garden Committee to support gardens created at Kihei Elementary, Lokelani Intermediate School and Kamali’i Elementary. Members of South Maui Sustainability felt that working in schools was reaching our future generations to instill much needed knowledge about sustainability, our environment and nutrition. Since its inception, the program has expanded its outreach from one teacher at Kihei Elementary and three small raised beds to 11 schools and more than 4,000 students participating in outdoor learning programs every month. Read more of our organizational history.
Board of Directors
Lehn Huff – Board of Directors Vice President
Director, Maui School Garden Network
Grow Some Good Organization Documents and Financials
The chart shows distribution of the income to Grow Some Good from August 2017 to date. The overall budget was $234,100 which we have exceeded by a small amount. Program income is from schools with a vendor agreement and for services performed in concert with Maui School Garden Network. We have a good mix of income sources.
The expenses and distribution reflect the small and newer organization. For FY 2017-18, we had 8 part time employees who were all covered by health benefits which is a large piece of our overall expenses. We have allocated administrative and benefits across our employee base. Three of the five garden coordinators also have a position as a PTT (17 hrs/wk) with a school and the board elected to cover medical benefits as long as they are working as a school garden coordinator in excess of 30 hours/week. Although we look at the PTT hours as our “program work” they are not included in our income/expenses and make our distribution to program appear lower than it actually is.
Grow Some Good Programs
We currently only have a single program to support 11 school gardens. The chart shows how hours and expenses are allocated to the curriculum development and program management, maintenance of the gardens and garden education. We have one after school program at Kihei Elementary where we share staff costs with the YMCA.
Grow Some Good is lucky to have an excellent staff of highly qualified, knowledgeable individuals who bring a wealth of experience in agriculture and working with young people. They have degrees in Agriculture, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Education, Sociology, Psychology, Computer Science, Communications, and Non-Profit Management. Employees include six Garden Coordinators, a Development Director, and an Executive Director. All positions are currently part-time.