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Kōkua Learning Farm Update

October 31, 2020
With a few heavy rains through the last few weeks leaving our soil too wet to work for a few days, our time on the farm has been full of reflection and weeding. Although current circumstances are preventing us from gathering large groups of our community together on the property, we are so grateful to have had so many people contributing to our growth and development.
A major portion of our garden is currently dedicated to growing and perpetuating kalo varieties to share with our students and community members in the future. This work is only possible because of the careful cultivation and maintenance of these varieties by Waimea ValleyHui Kū Maoli OlaMalama Loʻi o Haleʻiwa, and the many 4th grade students and docents at our ʻĀINA Schools.
Additional thanks to Hawaiian Earth Recycling for a generous donation of soil conditioner that has allowed us to support school projects and community plant distributions at several of our ʻĀINA Schools. HEP works hard to transform the contents of our curbside green waste carts into compost for our farms and farmers, so please help keep this important resource clean by keeping plastic out of your green carts!
Finally, mahalo nui loa to 808 CleanupsCoronacare Hawaiʻi, our group of regular interns, and the many additional volunteers who have helped us weed, move soil, plant crops, and distribute food to the community through the past months. The work we've done together is incredible and we can't wait to share the fruits of our labor with you soon!