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Farm to School Newsletter October 2020: Introducing the UH CTAHR Regional Farm to School Coordinators

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ (CTAHR) Farm to School Program seeks to promote health by addressing nutrition and food access at a community food system level, by addressing community-level needs for implementing farm to school activities which include education, school gardens and school farms, and local food procurement. Specifically, the objectives of the program are:

  1. To identify community needs related to farm to school efforts and resources.
  2. To develop and pilot curriculum for educators on farm to school.
  3. To expand CTAHR’s Grow Eat Think (GET) Local website to include resources for implementing farm to school.

Meet The Agents

Marshall Joy, Molokai

Serving as Junior Extension Agents coordinating farm to school activities in their communities, Marshall Joy on Moloka‘i, and Kristen Jamieson in Wai‘anae on Oʻahu, combine their experience as agriculturalists, educators, and local food enthusiasts to help evaluate and support regional and island-level farm to school efforts. Through the UH CTAHR Farm to School program, Marshal and Kristen’s work supports creating healthier communities for everyone, starting with the children.

Stay In the Loop

Keep updated about upcoming professional development opportunities, VR farm field trips, recipe videos on Facebook and Youtube, and curriculum by signing up for our newsletter and liking our page on Facebook. This quarter, GET Local Farm to School, in partnership with the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui and Hawai‘i Department of Education, is offering a Garden to Cafeteria training for educators to learn how to grow and harvest food safely to use in school cafeterias, as well as an Indoor Educational Mushroom training. 

As many schools and communities are facing unprecedented challenges related to COVID-19, the CTAHR farm to school efforts have had to pivot and adapt to meet the new needs for supporting distance learning and agriculture education. These farm to school efforts have focused on activities that children and teachers can do at home and in virtual environments, such as indoor mushroom cultivation, container gardening, and virtual farm tours/field trips.

Kristen Jamieson, Oʻahu

Thankfully, despite the challenges, the Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui has laid a strong foundation for farm to school over the last ten years, offering a wealth of connections and resources to bring to individual communities.

Indicating Credit

The efforts here have been made possible through funding from CTAHR Cooperative Extension and the Hawai‘i State Department of Health SNAP-Ed. Big Mahalo to CTAHR Extension and Hawai‘i Department of Health SNAP-Ed leaders for your vision and support!

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