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Taking Schools to the Farm!

January 10, 2018
By: Scott Kitamori

Farm to School month activities allow the keiki of Hawaiʻi to make connections to the food they consume and the land the food is cultivated on. Local farmers team up with Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation to educate the keiki on basic farm production, composting, vermiculture, nitrate cycles, planting, harvesting and historical land use.  They also engaged in fun activities including tractor rides, food sampling, makahiki games, relay races in the mud and cool water rinse offs.  The Farmers have a passion to teach and the keiki love to be there.  What a great partnership!

Lāʻie Elementary Gr 2 prepare pots to plant lettuce seeds at Kahuku Farms.

Lāʻie Elementary Gr 2 smelling the various herbs in Kahuku Farms’ herb garden.

Lāʻie Elementary Gr 2 on the tractor ride going through the banana canopy at Kahuku Farms.

Kāʻohao Gr 4 performing an oli before entering the loʻi at Hoʻokuaʻāina.

Kāʻohao Gr 4 cleaning taro in the loʻi at Hoʻokuaʻāina.

Kāʻohao Gr 4 the last leg of an epic relay race in the loʻi at Hoʻokuaʻāina.

Lāʻie Elementary Gr 4 rinsing off after working hard in the loi at Na Mea Kupono.

Lāʻie Elementary Gr 4 learned how to make kukui nut tops called Hu at Na Mea Kupono.

Kahuku Elementary enjoyed a fresh greens sample from Waiahole Nursery.

Kahuku Elementary gazing at the huge tilapia swimming in the Waiahole Nursery aquaponics fish tank.

Kahuku Elementary painting flower pots to take home at Waiahole Nursery.