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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.

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

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