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ʻĀINA In Schools Impact

July 31, 2019

‘ĀINA In Schools is a farm to school initiative that connects children to their local land, waters, and food to grow a healthier Hawai‘i.

Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation works directly with 23 Oʻahu elementary schools that have implemented the ʻĀINA In Schools program. 101 educators from 51 schools and educational organizations across Oʻahu were trained this semester to implement the ʻĀINA garden, composting, and nutrition curricula with hundreds of students across the state. 121 nutrition docents led 944 nutrition lessons, reaching 2,532 students, while 16 teachers and 265 garden and compost docents delivered 980 garden and compost lessons to 5,427 students this school year. These docents generously shared their time attending trainings and caring for the school gardens. 160 students participated in 15 weekly garden clubs at ʻĀINA Schools.

15 partner chefs provided 76 classroom ʻĀINA Chef Visits at 12 schools this school year with 1,577 students making healthy, kid-friendly recipes with local- and school garden-sourced ingredients. Four local farmers provided 21 classroom visits to 534 students at 6 schools. 438 students from 8 ʻĀINA schools engaged in kuʻi ʻai demonstrations. ‘ĀINA Schools provided 37 ‘ĀINA-themed educational outreach events including healthy snacks, wellness nights, farmers’ markets, CSAs, and other ʻĀINA-themed fundraising. 985 family, school staff, and community members volunteered at 27 garden parties. 58 teachers, ʻĀINA docents, and parents attended our Farm to School Field Trip for Educators, visiting Waikīkī School & Food Farm, Leilehua High School’s Ag. Program, Sweet Land Farms, Kainalu Elementary, and Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi. 

ʻĀINA In Schools partnered with Hawaiʻi State Department of Education, Kamehameha ʻEwa Region, Food Corps Hawaiʻi, and Sustʻāinable Molokaʻi to provide hands-on professional development via ʻĀINA Curriculum Trainings.