Veggie U

About

Established in 2014 by James Beard Award-Winning Chef Alan Wong, Veggie U Hawaiʻi aims to inspire young future farmers to pursue an agricultural-related career thus continuing to grow and expand our agricultural industry in Hawaiʻi. The program targets students in grades 3 through grade 5 statewide and currently has over 50 participating teachers in 24 schools statewide.

Veggie U is a 5-unit, 25-lesson curriculum that provides students with a seed planting, growing and harvesting experience through hands-on, STEM-focused lessons. Through this program, teachers engage their students with interactive lesson plans pertaining to sustainable farming methods, our local agricultural and making healthy food choices.

Veggie U program

The following is a summary of the Veggie U program in Hawaiʻi:

Veggie U is a 5 unit, 25-lesson, hands-on curriculum that was developed in the state of Ohio that provides students with a seed-planting-growing-harvesting experience through rigorous lessons that encompass science, health, math, reading, writing and social studies.  The Veggie U program introduces students to the vital role agriculture plays in our daily lives. 

Veggie U Kit
Each classroom has a “Veggie U Kit” to assist with teaching and implementation. Each kit comes with: an indoor grow light, planters, root viewers, planting tools and materials, and a teacher curriculum with reproducible student worksheets and handouts.

Curriculum

HAF aligned the following academic standards to the Veggie U curriculum: Hawaiʻi Content and Performance Standards, General Learner Outcomes, Common Core Language Arts and Math, and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Teacher’s Guide

HAF provides an additional teacher’s guide to be used in conjunction with Veggie U and its curriculum to facilitate classroom implementation for the teachers.

Ms. Brown, Grade 4, Kailua Elementary

I was pleasantly surprised that many of my students were open to the idea of trying new vegetables and pretty much consumed vegetables on a regular basis.

Kailua Elementary
Ms. Brown, Grade 4

Ms. Miyashiro, Grade 4, Wilcox Elementary

The children enjoyed tasting various vegetables. They completed their journal entry describing their experiences and especially loved creating their own unique vegetables…students are loving Veggie U activities!

Wilcox Elementary
Ms. Miyashiro, Grade 4

Ms. Pescaia, Grade 4 Kailua Elementary

The students were very excited to begin something new, especially knowing they would become “mini” farmers. Most students know that vegetables are healthy, but more than half do not eat them regularly.

Kailua Elementary
Ms. Pescaia, Grade 4

Ms. Baldridge, Grade 4, Kihei Charter School

Many students learned new names of veggies along with trying new food. Some students realized that they had never tried that kind of veggie raw, while others shared times they had eaten that veggie before!

Kihei Charter School
Ms. Baldridge, Grade 4

Anonymous, 4th Grade Teacher

We are loving the program. We have a very large school garden. The kids are starting seeds in the room then moving them out to the garden as they grow. They are also working on a school fundraiser where they will be selling their plant starts. It has really been great!!!

Anonymous
4th Grade Teacher

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