October is National Farm to School Month and October 24th is Food Day!
This October, Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation will be joining others around the state and nation to celebrate National Farm to School Month and Food Day. We invite you to celebrate with us! Schools can invite a chef or farmer to visit your school, host a student farmersʻ market, serve local produce as a snack, or coordinate a family event and give tours of your school's garden! Families can host a locally grown meal with friends, visit their local farmers’ market, plant a garden, visit a local farm, and more! If you are on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you can tag your posts with #AAOlocalfood and join together with folks across the nation to support local food. After your event, send a photo or video along with a paragraph describing your event to [email protected]. Participating schools who host and report on their events will have a chance to win a KHF Classroom Celebration Kit stocked with reusable plates, cups, and utensils from Preserve for the entire school to use for classroom parties, nutrition classes, and other food events. (All minors in submitted photos/videos must have signed Kōkua Media Releases allowing use of their image in KHF outreach.)
'AINA Field Trips and 'AINA Chef Visits introduce students to where their food comes from, who grows their food, and the relationship between their own health, food, agriculture, and the environment. Farm to School Month is a great time to host a chef at your school or visit a farm, lo'i, or fishpond (loko ea). For tips on planning a farm field trip, see our ʻĀINA In Schools Farm Field Trip Resource Guide. Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Field Trip Grants and Mini-Grants can support 'AINA Field Trips and 'AINA Chef Visits. The deadline to apply for a KHF Field Trip Grant or KHF Mini-Grant for this school year is March 1, 2015.