[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]A report from our friends at Malama Kauai on their very worthy food program. We thought that you would be interested. It is great to see so many Kauai farmers join us in doing good works as well as growing good food.
Since 2006, Malama Kaua`i has increased access to local food, propagation materials and agriculturally related educational opportunities for local residents and visitors. The Kaua`i School Garden Network was established in 2010 and supports all schools, PreK-12, on the island of Kaua`i.
In 2015, we began scaling our impact and more effectively implementing system level solutions at the regional and island-wide level, creating a new program area umbrella now titled Youth & Food to more accurately describe our work. A few highlights of some of our accomplishments in 2015:
– Worked with AmeriCorps to provide 3 regionally-located, full-time support staff to school garden and food programs
– Raised over $106,754 in funding and $11,127 in in-kind donations for KSGN & its school garden programs
– Helped to start 7 new school/after school program gardens, supported 18 school garden programs, and donated over 793 plants and trees to schools
– Donated 9,409 pounds of fresh produce to 9 schools, afterschool programs, and food banks utilizing over 267 volunteer hours from Master Gardeners and the general community, as well as 12 different produce donor sites
– Assisted in executing 352 individual volunteer sessions with over 870 volunteer hours committed to school gardens and food programs
– Organized 2 curriculum trainings for Project Learning Tree and Kokua Hawai`i Foundations’ ‘Aina in Schools which provided 57 Kaua`i educators with standards-based lessons on gardening, natural resources, composting/recycling, & nutrition
– Created a Natural Resources Career Pathway Guide resource directory of community orgs and their offerings to schools and students
– Provided 16 middle school through college students with hands-on agriculture & food systems internships, and 78 students with educational field trips to Malama Kaua`i’s Community Farm
Read the full report for more information & learn where we’re headed in 2016![/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]