Hawaii Farm to School

Hawai‘i Celebrates National Farm to School Month With Events Across the State

 October’s Farm to School Month to be celebrated in Hawai‘i with hands-on events

 HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I — Throughout the month of October, hundreds of events across the nation will promote the benefits of farm to school programs, which involve gardening, education, and local food procurement to improve health and strengthen community food systems. 

Locally in Hawai‘i, a number of hands-on events are being offered by Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui, Hawai‘i Public Health Institute (HIPHI), Sustainable Molokai, Grow Some Good, Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools, Keiki and Plow, The Bennett Foundation, Leilehua High School, Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawai‘i, The Whitmore Project, Center for Getting Things Started, Hawai‘i Association for the Education of Young Children, Southern Turf Hawai‘i, and Mililani High School. A number of the events are being supported, in part, by Whole Foods Market.

HAWAI‘I FARM TO SCHOOL MONTH EVENTS: 

Molokai Eat Local Challenge by Sustainable Molokai
Thursday, September 26 to Thursday, October 24, Molokai
This month-long event includes local market promotions, a pop-up cafe, and Eat Local Taste Tests with after school programs. Contact: Jamie@sustainablemolokai.org

Flatbread Pizza Fundraiser
Tuesday, October 1, 5 PM to 10 PM, Paia
To celebrate Farm to School Month, let’s raise funds for Grow Some Good, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating hands-on, outdoor learning experiences that cultivate curiosity about natural life cycles, connect students to their food sources, and inspire better nutrition choices. Proceeds from the evening’s sales will benefit school garden programs on Maui and Lānaʻi. Learn more here.

Schools of the Future Conference
Thursday, October 3 and Friday, October 4, 7:30 AM to5:00 PM, Honolulu
Be sure to check out the farm to school presentations and workshops at this year’s Schools of the Future Conference offered by Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, including, “Transforming Systems Through Farm to School,” “Finding Safety and Hope in School Peace Gardens,” and “Bringing Life to Learning in Hawaii School Gardens.” Enjoy hands-on farm to school activities at the “Place-based and Project-based Learning Playground” on October 3. Register here.

Farm Work Day at Keiki and Plow (HIPHI Perspectives on Community Health Event)
Saturday, October 5, 9 AM to 12 PM, Honolulu
Kick off Farm to School Month at Keiki and Plow with a day of service and fun on the farm! Keiki and Plow is an organic, family-run farm that offers unique experiences for families to explore nature, harvest produce, and have fun with all the residents on the farm. Co-hosted by The Bennett Foundation; children are welcome. A locally-grown lunch will be provided. Free registration via Hawai‘i Public Health Institute here.

Leilehua High School Agriculture Education Program (HIPHI Perspectives on Community Health Event)
Monday, October 14, 9 AM to 1 PM, Wahiawa
Visit Leilehua High School’s exemplary three-acre agriculture education program and support their work through hands-on projects! Lunch will be prepared by students in the culinary arts program using produce from the school farm. Free registration via Hawai‘i Public Health Institute here

Hawai‘i Agriculture Conference and Youth Summit
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 15 and 16, 8 AM to 5 PM, Honolulu
Don’t miss these farm to school presentations at this year’s Hawai‘i Agriculture Conference offered by Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawai‘i at the Hawai‘i Convention Center: “Growing the Love of Agriculture Through Education” and “Cultivating and Sustaining Hawaii’s Farm to School Movement.” The Youth Summit will involve a student-led visioning session for increasing local products in the school food system. Register here.

The Whitmore Project (HIPHI Perspectives on Community Health Event)
Friday, October 18, 9 AM to 1 PM, Wahiawa
Visit the Whitmore Project, a public-private partnership designed to revitalize local agriculture by supporting farmers and protecting key agricultural lands. The Whitmore Project is a detailed plan to increase local food production, create jobs, engage in partnerships, and to provide workforce housing. Hosted by Senator Donovan Dela Cruz. Free registration via Hawai‘i Public Health Institute here.

Drawdown Learn
Friday, October 18, 1 PM to 5 PM, and Saturday, October 19, 8:30 AM to 12 PM, Hilo
Hosted by the Center for Getting Things Started, this event will facilitate community sharing about climate change solutions, focused on switching to a plant-based diet, connect to school learning gardens, and food as medicine. Information here. Contact Ming Wei Koh, kohmingwei@gmail.com.

Hawai‘i Early Childhood Conference
Saturday, October 19, 8 AM to 5 PM
Check out these farm to school workshops for educators of our youngest keiki at the Hawai‘i Early Childhood Conference offered by Hawai‘i Association for the Education of Young Children at the Hawai‘i Convention Center: “Engaging Students and Families in Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE)” and “Farm to Keiki: Locally Grown Foods for Local Kids!” Information and registration here.

Southern Turf Hawai’i and Mililani High School (HIPHI Perspectives on Community Health Event)
Monday, October 21, 8:30 AM to 1 PM, Mililani
Visit Southern Turf Hawai’i, our state’s largest commercial ‘ulu (breadfruit) farm! Then contribute to revitalizing Mililani High School’s agriculture education program through hands-on projects! Lunch will be prepared by students in the culinary arts program using locally-grown foods. Free registration via Hawai‘i Public Health Institute here.

TO ATTEND AN EVENT OR FOR AN INTERVIEW, PLEASE CONTACT:  Lydi Bernal, 808-295-3375 or lydi@hiphi.org

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HAWAII’S FARM TO SCHOOL MOVEMENT, VISIT farmtoschoolhui.org.

Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui’s mission is to strengthen Hawaii’s statewide farm to school movement by supporting our island networks in the areas of capacity building, resource development and sharing, professional development, and policy development and advocacy. 

Hawai‘i Public Health Institute, parent organization to Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui, is a hub for building healthy communities, providing issue-based advocacy, education, and technical assistance through partnerships with government, academia, foundations, business, and community-based organizations. Learn more at hiphi.org.