HIPHI and the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui have been awarded one of five Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program grants from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture! This is the Hui’s first federal grant submitted and awarded, together. Congratulations team!

The purpose of the Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program is to increase the knowledge of agricultural science and improve the nutritional health of children. The program’s goal is to increase the capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within host organizations or entities, such as school cafeterias and classrooms, while fostering higher levels of community engagement between farms and school systems by bringing together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system.

Key deliverables of this 24-month project for “Growing a Sustainable Farm to School System in Hawai‘i” include:

  • Creation and dissemination of an online Hawai‘i Farm to School Toolkit, including these components: 1) School Garden and Food Safety, 2) Hawai‘i Garden to Cafeteria Program, 3) Harvest of the Month Program, and 4) Youth Leadership.
  • For-credit professional development course for educators participating in a summer 2021 toolkit development institute.
  • Online early college course in farm to school and sustainable food systems for high school and college students at Kapi‘olani Community College beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, available for free to students statewide.
  • Annual We Grow Hawai‘i Youth Garden Conference (spring 2021 & 2022).
  • Annual recruitment for and involvement of the Hawai‘i Youth Food Council.

Stay tuned for project development updates and opportunities for engagement to be announced in future newsletters!