HAWAI‘I FARM-TO-SCHOOL growing a movement   Updated March 2009
HAWAI‘I BASICS <ul><li>Isolated island chain </li></ul><ul><li>Population = 1.2 M </li></ul><ul><li>10,930 square miles; 7...
HAWAI‘I AGRICULTURE <ul><li>Fertile land, year-round growing season </li></ul><ul><li>Crop diversity increasing </li></ul>...
‘ AINA In Schools: Actively Integrating Nutrition & Agriculture in Schools <ul><li>Six Integrated Components: </li></ul><u...
Mala‘ai, The Culinary Gardens of Waimea Middle School <ul><li>Modeled after the Edible Schoolyard </li></ul><ul><li>Collab...
Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network <ul><li>Goal: increase consumption of locally produced food on island </li></ul><ul><...
OTHER FARM TO SCHOOL & FOOD PROGRAMS <ul><li>Hoa ‘Aina O Makaha (Makaha, O‘ahu: www.hoa-aina.org) </li></ul><ul><li>MA‘O Y...
OUR STRENGTHS <ul><li>Growing interest in food self-sufficiency </li></ul><ul><li>One state-wide school district--opportun...
OUR CHALLENGES <ul><li>School Lunch: </li></ul><ul><li>One school district! </li></ul><ul><li>Fixed menu statewide </li></...
2009 LEGISLATION <ul><li>SCR121: Feasibility study for statewide F2S program  (alive as of 3/30/09) </li></ul><ul><li>Othe...
A BRIGHT HORIZON <ul><li>Increasing interest in food & fuel independence </li></ul><ul><li>High interest in F2S across Haw...
MAHALO! Please send inquiries or updates about your Hawai‘i program to  [email_address]
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Hawaii Farm to School Update, Mar09

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Update on farm to school movement in Hawai'i as presented at 4th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in March 2009. Send updates to info@kokuahawaiifoundation.org.

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Hawaii Farm to School Update, Mar09

  1. 1. HAWAI‘I FARM-TO-SCHOOL growing a movement Updated March 2009
  2. 2. HAWAI‘I BASICS <ul><li>Isolated island chain </li></ul><ul><li>Population = 1.2 M </li></ul><ul><li>10,930 square miles; 7 populated islands </li></ul><ul><li>High reliance on food imports & fossil fuels </li></ul><ul><li>7 days worth of food on island </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnically & culturally diverse </li></ul>
  3. 3. HAWAI‘I AGRICULTURE <ul><li>Fertile land, year-round growing season </li></ul><ul><li>Crop diversity increasing </li></ul><ul><li>GMO experimentation </li></ul><ul><li>High land values, shortage of farm labor </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of processing, distribution infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers interested in supplying schools, want to know what to grow! </li></ul>
  4. 4. ‘ AINA In Schools: Actively Integrating Nutrition & Agriculture in Schools <ul><li>Six Integrated Components: </li></ul><ul><li>School Gardens, Agricultural literacy, Waste reduction & management, Nutrition education, Local & Fresh school lunch, Family & community outreach </li></ul><ul><li>10 participating schools on O‘ahu </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops, mini-grants for other schools </li></ul>www.kokuahawaiifoundation.org/aina
  5. 5. Mala‘ai, The Culinary Gardens of Waimea Middle School <ul><li>Modeled after the Edible Schoolyard </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborates with teachers to develop customized lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Breakfast snacks during testing </li></ul><ul><li>Community presentations & workshops </li></ul><ul><li>www.malaai.org </li></ul>
  6. 6. Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network <ul><li>Goal: increase consumption of locally produced food on island </li></ul><ul><li>Networking with educators at 50+ schools on Hawai‘i Island </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops, networking, technical assistance </li></ul>http://www.kohalacenter.org/HISGN/about.html
  7. 7. OTHER FARM TO SCHOOL & FOOD PROGRAMS <ul><li>Hoa ‘Aina O Makaha (Makaha, O‘ahu: www.hoa-aina.org) </li></ul><ul><li>MA‘O Youth Organic Farms and ‘Ai Pono (Wai‘anae, O‘ahu: www.maoorganicfarms.org ) </li></ul>
  8. 8. OUR STRENGTHS <ul><li>Growing interest in food self-sufficiency </li></ul><ul><li>One state-wide school district--opportunity for BIG change </li></ul><ul><li>DOE Wellness Policy utilized by schools to support, implement F2S </li></ul><ul><li>Great growing conditions! </li></ul><ul><li>Tight communities with strong traditions </li></ul>
  9. 9. OUR CHALLENGES <ul><li>School Lunch: </li></ul><ul><li>One school district! </li></ul><ul><li>Fixed menu statewide </li></ul><ul><li>School budgets </li></ul><ul><li>DOE can’t quantify produce needs </li></ul><ul><li>Inconsistency of local produce; small farms </li></ul><ul><li>Other Components: </li></ul><ul><li>Not enough hours in school day </li></ul><ul><li>Few staff positions dedicated to F2S issues </li></ul>
  10. 10. 2009 LEGISLATION <ul><li>SCR121: Feasibility study for statewide F2S program (alive as of 3/30/09) </li></ul><ul><li>Others, deferred or waiting to be heard: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishes a F2S nutrition program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local produce at lunch 1x/week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hawai‘i products preferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vegetarian lunch option </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishes the F2S program in DOE </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. A BRIGHT HORIZON <ul><li>Increasing interest in food & fuel independence </li></ul><ul><li>High interest in F2S across Hawai‘i </li></ul><ul><li>Trainings, funding networking opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Legislative interest, support </li></ul><ul><li>Growing number of organizations, partnerships </li></ul>
  12. 12. MAHALO! Please send inquiries or updates about your Hawai‘i program to [email_address]

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