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Teachers from Hawai’i public schools can apply for Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation Project Grants to help advance their environmental education goals. Previous grantees have used KHF funds for garden supplies, eco-footprint workshops, vermicompost trainings, and more. One school has raised enough worms to start a commercial-scale vermicomposting bin for their campus food waste!

What is Required to Feed Our Community?

SEEQS, Oʻahu

Our project wasn’t simple. The goal was to feed a community, hence our “What does it take to feed a community?” essential question. There was a twist, though. We could only use food that we grew, and the only things we could buy were staple ingredients; stuff that we couldn’t make. We spent a whole school year working on every aspect of what it would take to feed others. We first split up into groups, each covering different things that would be needed. For example, the Field rotation focused only on the field and making those plants grow, and then we rotated and a different group would come to the field.

The four groups were Field, Garden Beds, Aquaponics, and closing the circle, also called nutrient management. The second semester we split off into four different groups that would focus more on the event, they were Event Planning, Chef & Artist Corner, Field & Garden Beds, and Water.

We stayed in these groups and worked on our independent projects. The Field 2 was a mini projects, and the meditation and tea garden was another, but people also continued with previous projects, like the Aquaponics. These all led up to our final event in May, for example the meditation and tea garden group made tea and grew herbs. Other groups preserved food that was harvested early on in the year, such as kabocha squash and flint corn. Some students worked on researching and testing recipes, and others made plans on how to organize the event as a whole. Together, we cooked and served all our food at the Rusty Fork Cafe!