October is National Farm to School Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies, and educate children about the origins of food. In 2017, Governor David Ige signed Act 10 into law, designating October as Farm to School Month in Hawai‘i!
The three pillars of successful farm to school programs are 1) school gardens, 2) agriculture, culinary, nutrition, and food systems education, and 3) school food improvements through local food procurement. Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui, a program of the Hawai‘i Public Health Institute, is a statewide network that was formed in 2010 and is comprised of five island-level networks, community organizations, schools, and state agencies.
Join us on Thursday, October 18, from 7:45 AM to 1 PM as we tour three unique sites in Mililani. We will start our tour at Mililani Uka Elementary where we will partake in an ʻĀINA Grade K Lesson Observation & Farm to School Program Overview. Next, we are off to Mari’s Garden, an 18-acre aquaponics and hydroponics farm, whose mission is to promote sustainable living, organic urban farming, and buying local through soil-less agricultural techniques. We will end our day at Mililani High School where we will learn about the ‘Aina Pono Hawai’i State Farm to School Program. For a small nominal fee, attendees can join us for a healthy lunch and to talk story about our day of learning.