Summer School Garden Tours

IMG_3167Grow Some Good supporters recently took a tour of all the good things growing in two of our most established school garden programs at Lokelani Intermediate School and Kihei Elementary School.  Guests spent 2 hours exploring the transformation of garden spaces and learning about the scope of garden planning, education and maintenance involved.

Before & After

Visitors compared the current sites with “before” pictures to fully appreciate the school beautification improvements since the school garden projects began.

Lokelani Intermediate School

The before and after photos below feature one of many building sites at Lokelani, comparing the original landscaping in 2011 to present.  Grow Some Good led student and faculty efforts to renovate the entire campus, earning a statewide Cooke Foundation Beautification Award in 2013.

Lokelani classroom - before and after

Lokelani Intermediate also houses Grow Some Good’s equipment and tool resource center and serves as the site of the main Grow Some Good nursery, supporting 12 Grow Some Good schools and Maui School Garden Network schools across Maui, Lanai and Molokai. This central storage facility for plants, gardening tools, event supplies, and lesson materials is critical to providing consistent school garden operations throughout the islands.

Kihei Elementary School


Kihei School Garden Coordinator Nadine Rasmussen (left) showcases a vibrant kalo (taro) patch, compared to the original garden expansion (above) in 2009 where temporary grow bags were installed while soil was mulched and amended for in-ground planting.



Here we have three layers of activity in the garden: carrots growing in the foreground, tomato plants climbing behind them up the base of the trellis, and ipu hanging up above, where they are drying in preparation to be made into musical instruments as part of our cultural studies program.




Program Operations Manager Nio Kindla talks about the importance of composting and soil sifting, and how it benefits the entire garden.



Visitors gather under a shade structure that was recently built through a capital improvement grant to protect students from the harsh Kihei sun and provide a comfortable outdoor classroom.

If you would like to join us for an upcoming school garden tour, contact us.


Maui RSVP Dine Out Supports Maui Youth Programs May 27 – June 5

Dine Out and Support Maui Charities

chef-paris-nabavi_400x400Award-winning Chef Paris Nabavi, owner of Sangrita Grill and Cantina, continues to make his mark on the Maui community.

Grow Some Good is thrilled to be included in his new “Maui RSVP” dining program, which supports eight local non-profits while giving diners an opportunity to dine out at a great discount.

Participating restaurants will offer select entrées and menu items at a 50% discount. Scheduled for the week of May 27th-June 5th, Chef Nabavi has partnered with some of Maui’s best restaurants to join him in his efforts.


Flyer Photo CroppedMaui RSVP – Restaurants Support Vital Programs – is designed to support a select group of Maui non-profits that provide services close to Chef Nabavi’s heart: literacy, nutrition, cooking, school gardens, the arts, and support services. One of Chef Nabavi’s goals is to help change the way children eat. Engaging and educational programs, like school gardens, give them an early introduction to nutrition and healthy eating.

Beneficiaries of the Nabavi Legacy Fund are: Book Trust, Grow Some Good, Imua Family Services, Kids Cook / Teens Cook with Heart, Maui Academy of Performing Arts, Maui Culinary Academy, Maui Food Innovation Center, and Maui School Garden Network. The Fund, managed by Grant Central Station, will be distributed to the beneficiaries annually.

“I believe supporting these eight organizations is truly vital to the Maui community,” Chef Nabavi says. “They share a common thread in that they each provide unique services and opportunities to our children, who are the future of our island. Whether it’s nutrition and cooking, education, arts or support services, these groups are dedicated to enhancing lives and empowering Maui’s youth for generations to come.”

The Nabavi Legacy Fund will administer donations for Maui RSVP. Currently the event is scheduled to run again in the fall, from September 23rd – October 2nd.

Participating Restaurants

Participating restaurants for the May 27th-June 5th event include:

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Cane & Canoe at Montage Kapalua

Joey’s Kitchen at Whalers Village

The Mill House at Maui Tropical Plantation

Oceanside at Ma’alaea Harbor Shops

Pūlehu, an Italian Grill, at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas

Sangrita Grill & Cantina in Kā‘anapali

Taverna in Kapalua Resort

Three’s Bar & Grill in Kīhei


Mahalo, Chef Nabavi, for your continued support of Grow Some Good and our Maui community!



Lokelani Waverider Pride Blooms

DSCN2243(1)This week, students at Lokelani Intermediate School continued their campus wide beautification and sustainable agriculture program with more than 100 students, teachers and volunteers gathering to Mālama ‘Āina as ohana. Garden terraces, classrooms and entries were weeded, mulched and planted with incredible enthusiasm from students.

Mahalo nui loa to the Cooke Foundation for funding and inspiring the continuation of this incredible transformation. The entire campus is filled with new life, tremendous pride, honor and laulima – many hands working together – to create a kinder, more prosperous future.

It’s happening in a school garden near you. Dig in.

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Dec. 27 Holiday Home Cooking with Chef Nabavi!

chef-paris-nabavi_400x400The holidays are here!  And what do we love to do on the holidays?  Eat, drink, give back, and be merry!  In this very special Cooking Demo and Dinner on December 27, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., to benefit Grow Some Good, Chef Paris Nabavi will talk you through the intricacies of some Persian holiday delights- including Pomegranate Walnut Stew and Roasted Goose!

Guests are invited to bring a favorite bottle of wine or enjoy a variety of wines chosen from Chef Nabavi’s private selection. Paris invites you for food, fine wine, and good company as he shares secrets from his homeland.

If you have attended a cooking class before, you know how fun these can be. If not, here’s your chance. Classes are limited to 20 people and a donation of $100 a person will be given (in full) to Grow Some Good.

 pariscookingcollageSee pictures of the last Cooking Demo in October here. (photo credit Mieko Photography)


Only the first 20 reservations will be accepted. Ages 21 and older.  Please make reservations through Eventbrite link here.
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March 8 Gala: Taste of School Gardens

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Photography: Peter Liu

Grow Some Good school garden programs are planting seeds for Mauiʻs next generation of farmers, chefs, teachers, scientists and entrepreneurs.

Local chefs and school garden supporters will celebrate all the good things growing for more than 2,500 students in South and Central Maui school garden programs at the 2nd Annual Grow Some Good:  Taste of School Gardens event.

Hotel Waileaʻs Sunset Lawn will host this special sunset event serving gourmet dishes prepared from local and school garden-grown ingredients by Mauiʻs top chefs, including:

Lots of vegetarian options available. CLICK HERE for Menu and list of 27 fine wines and local brews included in your ticket price.

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Music by BrownChicken BrownCow String Band and Master of Ceremonies Dean Wong (Exec. Director of Imua Family Services), and amazing live and silent auction (AUCTION PREVIEW LINK) and a gorgeous sunset view greets this gathering of ʻohana, growing a bountiful future on Maui.

Saturday, March 8, 2014
5:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Hotel Wailea
555 Kaukahi Street
Wailea, HI 96753
Parking Note:
Guest parking is located in the large grassy lot on the corner of Wailea Ike Drive and Kalai Waa Drive. Shuttles will be running regularly from the parking lot to Hotel Wailea from 2 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.  See the map below for details. Guests who park on Kaukahi Street may be ticketed by the Maui County Police. Parking_for_GSG_Event


Advance Tickets:
$89 per person
$850 table of 10*

$99 per person at the door

All guests must be 21+ to attend this event.


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Special thanks to:

Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council
Mulligan’s on the Blue
Maui Culinary Academy

… And every wonderful teacher, parent, volunteer and local business that digs in to help school gardens on Maui thrive!

Taste of School Gardens

Preview March 8 Live & Silent Auction Items!

We are so excited about this Saturday’s hoedown in Wailea, we couldn’t wait to share more! Check out this preview of live and silent auction items to be featured at the 2nd Annual Taste of School Gardens event at Hotel Wailea, Saturday, March 8, 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. For more details on the event, menus and tickets, CLICK HERE.


makenaMulti-Chef Private Estate Dinner
20 guests max.
(Valid March 8, 2014 – March 8, 2015 – Scheduled on availability)
Delight your guests with a private dinner on a private oceanfront Makena estate with cuisine designed and prepared by Maui’s premiere chefs from Four Seasons Resort Maui, Spago, Capische, and Private Maui Chef. Participating chefs: Chef Cameron Lewark (Spago), Chef Brian Etheredge (Capische & Il Teatro), Private Maui Chef Dan Fiske and Four Seasons Resort Maui Chef Craig Dryhurst. Includes: Custom menu, 5 courses (including passed apps).  Host provides wine, table settings and linens.

A portion of proceeds from this auction will establish the Grow Some Good School Garden-to-Table Scholarship fund for Maui Culinary Academy students that demonstrate a passion for locally grown ingredients and pass their inspirations on to our future farmers and chefs.

Value: $6,000
Minimum Bid: $3,000

Guided Kaupo Hunting & Foraging Camping Trip + Private Dinner
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Connecting to your food sources extends beyond the garden in this 2-day/ 1-night package featuring a guided hunt on Kaupo Ranch’s 8,000+ acres of pristine land on Haleakala’s leeward slope. As part of the ranch’s game management program and conservation efforts, each hunter is allowed to hunt a male or female Axis deer, Polynesian feral goat, and pig. The two-day hunt—either bow or rifle—is guided by Kaupo hunter and Maui native Robin Kean.

Guests will returnbrianetheredge to the historic Kaupo Ranch house for a dinner prepared by award-winning Chef Brian Etheredge of Capische? and Il Teatro restaurants in Wailea. An avid hunter, Chef Etheredge shares his tips on preparing a gourmet dinner using wild exotic game caught on the ranch. Hunters must have a valid State of Hawaii hunting license.

Value: $10,000
Minimum Bid: $3,500



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1 Year – Kula Fields Deliveries
Kula Fields Delivery is a farmer’s market on wheels. A fresh new way to have local produce and gourmet grocery items delivered to your home or office. Offer includes one large box of produce delivered per month for 12 months.

Value: $900



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Your Own Private Chef – Daniel Fiske, Private Maui Chef
Take one of Maui’s premiere chefs home to create a custom menu and wine pairings for up to 8 guests.
Chef Dan Fiske, Private Maui Chef
Includes: Custom menu, 4 courses, table settings and linens. Host provides beverages/wine.
Value: $2,000
Minimum Bid: $1,000

Chef de Cuisine Cameron Lewark and Beverage Manager Michael Lefk


Your Own Private Chef – Cameron Lewark, Spago
Take one of Maui’s premiere chefs home to create a custom menu and wine pairings for up to 8 guests.
Chef Cameron Lewark, Spago
Includes: Custom menu, 4 courses.  Host provides beverages/wine, table settings and linens.
Value: $2,000
Minimum Bid: $1,000

Sauce Recipes Private Class with Chef Jana McMahonJanaportrait-300x188
Invite up to 5 guests for an in-home gourmet sauce fest with Private Chef Jana McMahon. Learn how to make whole grain mustard and sauces that will turn any meal into an exquisite gourmet feast. Practice and taste 3 different sauces, which can be used in a variety of recipes. Lots of fun and a great way to take your entertaining to the next level!
Value: $400
Minimum Bid: $150

Travel + Stay-cations

Two Round Trips on Alaska Airlines / Horizon Air
Two unrestricted coach round trips to anywhere Alaska Airlines and Horzon Air flies.
Value: $2,500
Minimum Bid: $950

Stay-cation Package: The Andaz Maui at Wailea + Ka’ana Kitchen
3 night stay at Andaz Maui at Wailea + $100 food credit at the resort’s Ka’ana Kitchen. The 15-acre resort designed by world-renowned architecture firm, Rockwell Group, features four cascading outdoor infinity pools; a 15,000 square foot full-service spa; a state-of-the-art fitness facility; and world-class restaurants. Ka’ana Kitchen brings the best of the island from local farmers, foragers and locavores. Chefs procure many ingredients exclusively from Ka’ana Farm and its neighbors. Let loose your taste buds and explore the adventures that await you at Ka’ana Kitchen.
Package Value: $2,437
Minimum Bid: $750

Stay-cation at Grand Wailea
Enjoy a complimentary 3-night stay at the Grand Wailea in their Deluxe Garden Accommodations. Walk barefoot through 40 acres, steps from Wailea Beach. During your stay, you may choose to Indulge at the award-winning Spa Grande and some of Maui’s best restaurants (not included in package). Your ultimate Hawaii getaway begins at the Grand Wailea Resort, winner of the AAA Four Diamond Award 14 consecutive years.
Value: $1,165
Minimum Bid: $550

Stay-cation Package: Hotel Wailea + Dinner at Capische?
At Hotel Wailea, escape the ordinary and relax into a haven for rejuvenation and spiritual transformation. Discover a unique Hawaii paradise at this luxury Maui hotel nestled on the hillsides of Wailea, where stunning views of white sand beaches, crystal blue Pacific waters and lush mountains captivate your soul. During your stay, enjoy dinner at Capische? where award-winning cuisine and ambiance bring Northern Italy and Southern France to the Top of Wailea.
$499  1 night at Hotel Wailea + $250 dinner at Capische?
Package Value: $749
Minimum Bid: $350

Dining & Entertainment

Dinner for Two at Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante
Oceanside dinner under the Maui stars at Four Seasons Resort Maui. An Italian cucina rustica menu showcases its kiawe wood-burning oven to dramatic effect, while magnificent sunset views and an extensive collection of Italian wines bring romance to the table.
Value: $200
Minimum Bid: $100

Dinner for Two at DUO Steak and Seafood
Dinner for two set against a luxurious poolside backdrop and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Find your attention absorbed by the open kitchen of DUO Steak and Seafood at Four Seasons Resort Maui.
Value: $200
Minimum Bid: $100

Dinner at Spago
$150 gift certificate to enjoy Chef Cameron Lewark’s brilliant menu, using Hawaii’s premier produce, fish and meats and the styling that has made Spago famous.
Value: $150
Minimum Bid: $75

Fabiani’s  Dinner for Two
Enjoy a taste of Italy during breakfast, lunch or dinner at Fabiani’s in Kihei and Wailea. Fresh baked goods and pastries, sandwiches, salads, home-made pasta and pizza are among the delicious rustic Italian selections.
Value: $100
Minimum Bid: $50

Old Lahaina Luau for Two
An evening of traditional Hawaiian cuisine, music, cultural dances and island crafts. Guests will appreciate a genuine reflection of Hawaii’s rich history while enjoying an ocean view and sunset.
Value: $218.74
Minimum Bid: $100

Willie K Dinner & Show for 2 at Mulligan’s on the Blue in Wailea
Mulligans is the home of “The Best Dinner Show on Maui” with Uncle Willie K! His incredible performances include an astounding array of music styles, ranging from Hawaiian to Latin to famous Italian arias! His stories and wit have audience in stitches between songs, so put this at the top of your “must do” list whether you’re visiting or live in the islands.
Value: $130
Minimum Bid: $60

Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman Gift Certificate
$100 gift certificate to Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman – dedicated to mastering the craft of food, drink, and merrymaking…with Aloha. Menu features fresh island fish, hand tossed pizzas from a kiawe wood-burning oven, and homemade cream pies made from scratch.
Value: $100
Minimum Bid: $50

Longhi’s at The Shops at Wailea
$120 gift certificates to Longhi’s at The Shops at Wailea with an ala carte menu, featuring Mediterranean cuisine, speciality products including organic meats, fresh Hawaiian seafood and produce.
Value: $120
Minimum Bid: $60


Custom Home Garden Installation + Consultation
By Island Home Gardens
2 custom-built raised cedar beds with irrigation, soil, amendments and plantings.
2 follow up visits post-installation
Value:  $1,800
Minimum bid:  $800

Home Garden Consultation
By Island Home Gardens
Three hour home garden evaluation and consultation. Determining suitable space, type of garden, plants, irrigation needs and soil requirements.
Value:  $180
Minimum bid:  $80

Two Relax Therapeutic Massages

Relax Therapeutic Massage practices a blend of bodywork techniques, fusing Swedish, Lomi Lomi and Deep Tissue Massage. Available in your home, condo, hotel room or at the office. Experience healing therapeutic massage on a lanai with breathtaking  ocean views from Kaho’olawe and Moloka’i to the West Maui Mountians. Two individual appointments by Mary Guerriero, licensed therapeutic massage therapist.
Value: $190 for two individual massages
Minimum bid: $100

doTerra Aromatherapy Facial (60 min)
60 minute doTerra aromatherapy facial by Gyan Bohannon, Aesthetician, Lumeria Maui Crystal Spa
Value: $125
Minimum Bid: $50

Lumeria Maui Detox/Cleanse Retreat (90 min)
90 minute Colon Hydrotherapy & Dietary Consultation by Gyan Bohannon, certified colon hydrotherapist.
Value: $135
Minimum Bid: $50

Two-Hour Portrait Session – Photographer Jason Kelly
Families, couples, kids, beach moments in a beautiful portrait.
Includes shooting and disc with all hi-res images. Prints are an additional fee.
Value: $300
Minimum Bid: $150

Yoga for Everybody – Private Yoga Lesson for Two
Gylian Solay leads a 1-hour private yoga class that emphasizes how the gentle flow of breath can ease you in and out of poses, at any age and any level of yoga experience.
Value: $100
Minimum Bid: $40

Organize Your Life with “Organizational Guru” Gylian Solay
One-hour consultation to help you move from a sense of overwhelming chaos to user-friendly order. Create systems, and organization based on who you are, your priorities, and your lifestyle. Working together, organizing becomes a spirited “Mission Possible.”
Value: $40
Minimum Bid: $20

Individual Pilates Session
A 1-hour session with Arlene Salomon at the Bodywork & Pilates Studio at Charley Young Beach. The session will be customized to your body with the opportunity to work out using all of the various apparatus.
Value: $75
Minimum Bid: $40

Property Valuation Consultation
By Kathy Becklin R(B) Aloha Realty Group
Get a complete Property Valuation Report including a Property Profile with estimated value and recent comparables, chances of selling graph, typical financing, $/sq ft. analysis and more for any residential property in Maui. Includes a 1-hour consultation (with you and/or your client) as well as a multi-paged detailed report. Offer available to licensed REALTORs or homeowners.
Value: $250   
Minimum Bid: $125   


No Ka ʻOi Hiking Half-Day Hiking Adventure for Two
This hiking adventure for two offers some of the best Maui has to offer as we travel “Mauka to Makai,” from Mountain to Ocean or embark on a hidden waterfall adventure. Your choice! Both adventures end with lunch at a local favorite restaurant spot. Following this adventure, you’ll agree: Maui No Ka ‘Oi!
Value: $400
Minimum bid: $175

Dinner Cruise for Two — Pacific Whale Foundation Eco-Adventures
Four course dinner, live entertainment and cocktails while enjoying spell-binding views of the Pacific and the islands of Maui, Moloka’i, Lana’i, and Kaho’olawe during the golden sunset hours.
Value: $170
Minimum Bid: $90

Two Rounds of Golf at Wailea Golf – Gold or Emerald Course
Experience the Wailea Golf Club, whose championship Gold, Emerald and Blue courses boast breathtaking ocean views from every hole and dozens of prestigious awards. Truly the best golf in Hawaii! Note: Subject to blackout dates.
Value: $470
Minimum Bid: $250

Star Gazing with Harriet Witt
Enjoy the view from planet Earth with international award-winning science writer Harriet Witt and her telescope. Harriet was the celestial navigation teacher for the crew of the Hokule’a Voyaging Canoe in preparation for its Rapanui voyage and is the astronomer to the Maui Film Festival.
Value: $150
Minimum Bid: $75

Foodie Goodies

Maui Preserved Assorted Basket
Featuring handcrafted produce of the Hawaiian Islands preserved in flavors both traditional and extraordinary.
Value: $50
Minimum Bid: $20

Choice Health Bar, Lahaina
$50 gift certificate for the best raw, vegan super foods on Maui!
Value: $50
Minimum Bid: $20

Solar Oven –

Ready to Cook – Complete Kit.  You add the food and the sunshine. Just like a solar crock pot and your kitchen stays cool while you bake.  Take it with you on your camping trip, fishing, boating etc. Temperatures range from 200 – 300 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the sun angle, food content, and length of time exposed to the sun.
Value: $250
Minimum Bid: $100

Hawaiian Moons Gift Certificate
Shop at one of Maui’s finest neighborhood natural foods stores with an excellent selection of local produce and prepared foods.
Value: $100
Minimum Bid: $50

Wailea Wine
$100 gift certificate to Wailea Wine offering an extensive selection of fine wines from around the world as well as the Maui’s best selection of spirits, craft beers, cigars, and gourmet foods including Kobe Beef, Maui steaks, and New Zealand rack of lamb.
Value: $100
Minimum Bid: $50

2011 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir
Donated by Homes & Land Magazine
2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Kosta Brown wines are considered some of the best Pinot Noir in the world. Here is your opportunity to experience a truly special wine.
Value: $150
Minimum Bid: $75


Island Art Party Passes
A brush stroke here, a sip of something there and – VOILA! – you’ve transformed that blank canvas into your own work of art. We provide all the materials, set-up & clean-up…All you have to do is show up! A variety of wine, beer, & other “creative juices” & light snacks are available for purchase at our bar.
Value: $70
Minimum Bid: $35

Terese Petrone Glass Art Sculptures
Beautifully hand-crafted, ocean-inspired glass art by Swedish-born Maui resident artist Terese Petrone.
Sea Horse
Value: $275
Minimum Bid: $100

Sea Turtles
Value: $500
Minumum Bid: $175

New Garden Sprouts at Kahului Elementary

A new edible classroom at Kahului Elementary School has sprouted from the passion, enthusiasm and collaboration of an awe-inspiring group of educators and volunteers. First grade teachers attended a recent school garden tour and turned their inspiration into action. The whole grade level is applying outdoor learning as part of their new curriculum-based school garden program.

Together we created soil nutrient building systems in each bed – while talking about lessons on carbon, nitrogen, decomposers and microorganisms. The awesome garden dig-in ended with a community picnic under the shade trees, talking story and appreciating all the good things growing.

Mahalo nui loa to Maui School Garden Network, Hui Malama Learning Center, ISI Irrigation, Ace Hardware and all the volunteers, students and families who are partnering with Grow Some Good to create an amazing gift of growth and prosperity for keiki and community. Check out more photos on in our Facebook album.

Wailuku Elementary Gardeners Share Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Mas de 100 estudiantes participating in tutoring and enrichment programs at Wailuku Elementary School celebrated Cinco de Mayo by harvesting produce from their Salsa & Green Smoothie Gardens and sharing recipes during an after-school fiesta! Wailuku Elementary School garden program is supported through a partnership between 21st Century Learning Centers Baldwin Complex and Grow Some Good. The Harvest Fiesta included jr. gardeners preparing papaya and pineapple salsa, guacamole and green smoothies, using school garden-grown ingredients.wailuku fest3

Students also learned about the historical significance of the holiday when Mexico defeated the French during a battle where they were outnumbered by double the soldiers, then related it to the tenacity of their healthy plants when attacked by pests in the garden. Green smoothies were served up with a review of what makes plants green, covering curriculum such as photosynthesis, chlorophyll and the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide.
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Mariachi music underscored the fiesta finale as blindfolded contestants took turns whacking at a piñata filled with fruit juice-sweetened treats, almonds and other surprises.

Special thanks to Tim Ewing and ohana at Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods for donating extra local produce, organic corn chips and apple juice to the Harvest Feista! tim ewing hawaiian moons natural foods kihei maui hawaii

Our Salsa Party RecipesGarden Salsa (Serves about 50-100 jr. gardeners and volunteers. Here are some ideas on integrating each step into hands-on learning, so students are the chefs!)

  • 1 – fresh papaya (students spoon out seeds to clean and dry for planting new starts)
  • 1 fresh chopped pineapple (save top for new planting – here’s how to grow in a container at home or school)
  • 1.5 quarts – a medium sized bowl of fresh picked tomatoes (have students chop tomatoes to measure quarts or compare to conversions in ounces or pounds with scale)
  • 4-6 chopped or sliced carrots (students chop carrots with plastic serrated knives or widdle a whole carrot to thin slices with a veggie peeler.
  • 1/2 Hawaiian hot pepper or Anaheim pepper (students with non-latex gloves slice with plastic serrated knife and remove seeds.) You may choose to leave this ingredient out with younger students who have sensitive taste buds.
  • 1 clove garlic (students peel garlic with gloves or use garlic press) Again, you may also choose to leave this ingredient out with younger students or roast the garlic in advance to bring out sweeter flavors.
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt (salt to taste)
  • 1 cup or approx 250 ml of fresh squeezed Myer lemon juice (students slice lemons in half, hand squeeze and compare milliliters to cups when measuring)
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped (students can use onion chopper)
  • 2 green onions finely chopped (the whole onion – green tops and white onions. Students can tear onion tops with gloves in tiny pieces or use scissors)
  • 2 cups fresh cilantro (how much does it weigh in ounces? Make predictions, check weight to compare with predictions)

Directions: Combine  first 8 ingredients in equal parts (half at a time) in a food processor or blender, then pulse until fine or chunky consistency. Add finely chopped green onions and cilantro.


  • 6 ripe avocados mashed in a bowl with potato masher, then add 2 cups salsa (recipe above), a little extra sea salt to taste.

Have several students taste test, make any adjustments to the recipe based on your jr. chefs’ recommendations. Then, serve with organic, non-GMO corn chips or substitute corn chips for black bean chips or another healthy crunchy alternative from the local health food store.  You can even wrap all the ingredients with sliced veggies in a kale leaf for a garden veggie burrito.  We’ve found that as long as you call it a burrito – they’ll at least try it and most likely love it!

Check out our green smoothie recipe on the Grow Some Good website.  Aloha & Salud Amigos!

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


  • 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.