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!

 

Rally for Grow Some Good

5530188366_73a030b5b0_oIn 6 wonderful years, Grow Some Good has grown its programs from 1 class and 24 students to 2,500+ students in 7 schools. We are amazed and thankful for an awesome community of educators, parents and garden lovers digging into this movement! Grow Some Good is rallying to raise $10,000 to benefit current programs and sprout new outdoor learning experiences and hereʻs how you can help:

Growing Goodness in 2014: Volunteer. Donate. Be a Fan Fundraiser. Share.
Visit our Rally.org page and make a tax-deductible donation or become a Grow Some Good Fan Fundraiser.

Our TOP FAN FUNDRAISER will win 2 tickets to the March 8 Taste of School Gardens event at Hotel Wailea, where Mauiʻs top chefs will prepare gourmet cuisine using school-garden and local grown ingredients. Link to register as a Fan Fundraiser: https://rally.org/growsomegood/start

rallyOr you may prefer to share the good news on our school garden rally through Facebook and Twitter using this link: https://rally.org/growsomegood

Thank you for your support to inspire better nutrition and a thriving future for local farmers, chefs, scientists, teachers and eco-minded entrepreneurs on Maui.

Work & Learn Day This Sat. | Bokashi Compost Workshop

Join us this Saturday morning for “Second Saturday” at Kihei Elementary School Garden as we prepare for summertime cover cropping and soil building.

jenna leilani tallman maui bokashiGrow Some Good is pleased to host a special workshop with Jenna Leilani Tallman of Maui Bokashi. Jenna will teach attendees how to easily turn kitchen scraps into nutrient rich garden compost with a centuries-old Japanese farming method using Bokashi.

During this hands-on session, Jenna will demonstrate how to combine EM1 (stands for effective micro-organisms) with a carbon base (e.g. sawdust or bran) and a sugar for food (e.g. molasses). The mixture, called Bokashi, is layered with food waste in a sealed container and after a few weeks, removed and buried in compost to accelerate odor-free decomposition and boost nutrient availability for plants.

Bokashi Workshop is free for garden care volunteers. $10 suggested donation for guests attending workshop only (to cover material costs). 50% donated to Kihei Elementary School Garden. Garden care and workshop participants will also receive a free 5 lb. bag of Sustane organic all-purpose fertilizer, complements of Grow Some Good.

“Second Saturday”

Saturday, May 11

8:30 a.m. Garden Care
11:30 a.m. Bokashi Compost Workshop
Where:
Kihei Elementary School
250 E Lipoa St  Kihei, HI 96753

“Third Thursday”
Thursday, May 16
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where:
Kihei Elementary School
250 E Lipoa St  Kihei, HI 96753

Join us for all or part of the day. Water and light refreshments will be provided. If you have questions in advance, please email info@GrowSomeGood.org, call 808.269.6300 or visit our Volunteer Page. See you there!

SOS: Saving Our Seeds for a Sustainable Future

Seed Saving

In the final months of school, garden lessons turn to a continuation of the life cycle with ‘Saving Our Seeds’ workshops at all grade levels. This exercise connects students to sustainable practices that preserve their favorite plants, ensure food security and support benchmarks in science (life cycle), social studies (food economics) and more.

During hands-on lessons, students dig into discussions and activities that illustrate stages of the life cycles (germination/birth, growth, reproduction, and death) of various plants and animals, pointing out details that distinguish each stage. Students also learn the value of seed saving and how it affects food availability for the future. As our jr. gardeners/scientists/economists become more experienced, the learning possibilities are endless. Here are just a few ideas to get started:

Discussion Points

  • Where can you find seeds in the garden? In a flower? In a fruit? In a dried pod?
  • At which point of the life cycle is a seed? The beginning or the end? Answer: Both! Discuss when a seed is at the end (in flower, fruit or seed pod) and when a seed is at the beginning (when planted and watered) of the life cycle.
  • Why save seeds? Discuss the value of preserving genes from healthy plants, saving money, food security, etc.
  • How does age / storage affect germination rates? Review germination, discuss how seeds lose their ability to germinate over time or under poor storage conditions (heat, moisture, oxidation, etc).Seed Saving

Activities

  • Students divide into groups to search for seeds throughout the garden and collect with volunteer and/or teacher supervision.
  • Seeds can be compared by weight, shape, color, texture, etc.
  • Demonstrate different ways seeds travel – by wind (lettuce seeds with feathers fly in the wind), wing (birds eating from a plate of sunflower seeds), water (place a seeding flower or open seed pod on a mound, simulate rain with watering can to watch a seeds travel in the water stream and replant itself downstream).
  • Seeds are sorted, categorized, bagged or jarred, and labeled with collection dates.
  • Seeds are then stored in a cool, dry, airtight place for use in next year’s school garden and/or planted in starts containers for students to add to their summer home gardens.

Seed SavingCheck out more ideas for all grades and experience levels in this free e-book download made available by the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center.

School Garden Care & Learning Days Nov. 12 & 17

Good things growing at Kihei Elementary School! Students are replanting taro (kalo), planting starts from seeds saved from last year, experimenting with heirloom varieties, and bringing the school garden into full swing again this year.  Parents are invited to share this experience with students during our garden care and learning days. Special guests include Slow Food Maui and Jane Sperr, author of A Kitchen Garden in Kihei Maui Blog. Help support this wonderful outdoor learning environment.
Upcoming events:
Garden with Slow Food Maui & S. Maui Heirloom Expert Jane Sperr Saturday, Nov. 12!
Saturday, Nov. 12
8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sponsored by members of Slow Food Maui
(11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) Special guest Jane Sperr, a self-taught back yard gardener & culinary blogger will share her experience with growing heirloom varieties that grow well in South Maui. Don’t miss this special event to contribute toward the garden and learn about organic gardening from your neighbors.
Introducing “Third Thursdays” After School Garden Care Days!
Thursday, Nov. 17
3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Join teachers and volunteers during a new series “Third Thursdays” after-school garden care days. Students are invited to participate with parents during these afternoon sessions.

For more information or to subscribe to our school garden newsletter, please email info@KiheiSchoolGardens.org or call 808.269.6300.

Garden Care & Fruit Fly Trap Workshop This Saturday

kihei elementary school garden south maui school gardens projectWHEN:
Saturday, October 8
Garden Care: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Workshop: 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:
Kihei Elementary School Garden
250 E. Lipoa Street, Kihei
Center campus adjacent to cafeteria and main office.

Caring for the Garden

Help us create the best garden ever this year at Kihei Elementary School. In the plans: peace pie (pizza) garden, gardens of the world field, expanded Native Hawaiian canoe garden, pollinator gardens, herb spirals, bamboo teepee tunnel of vine plants (beans, cucumber, lilikoi, etc), three sisters garden and more!

No experience necessary in this learning garden. Plenty of garden care projects for the entire family. We’ll be expanding planting areas, building bamboo tee pee tunnels, amending the soil, clearing weeds and old plants, spreading mulch, painting garden signs…

Learn about gardening from your neighbors while working together to inspire keiki to learn from nature. As always, fresh fruit and beverages will be served.
Please bring a hat, sunscreen, gloves, closed toe shoes and a drinking cup.

fruit fly workshop kihei elementary school gardenLearning in the Garden:
Fruit Fly Traps

Urban gardening expert & South Maui School Gardens Project Co-Founder Kathy Becklin will explain why your melons, citrus, tomatoes and zucchini are getting stung and what to do about it. A fruit fly talk followed by a fruit fly trap workshop will take place from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Collect your own empty 2 liter soda bottles and bring them to the event.

We’ll supply the lures specific to fruit flies most common in South Maui. Suggested donation: $5 (DIY with your bottle), $10 (to have one made for you). Proceeds benefit Kihei Elementary School Garden. Email info@KiheiSchoolGardens.org for more information.

See you in the garden!