HAF Educators Digest - Fall Quarter 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017


Welcome to the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation (HAF) quarterly education newsletter! In an effort to keep our teachers up to date with the HAF programs they’ve signed up for, we will be distributing a newsletter at the beginning of each academic quarter.
In addition, we’ll also provide you with exciting news and happenings within our other programs. Our hope is to further involve educators, like yourself, in growing ag education opportunities and inspiring keiki to become the future leaders of Hawaii’s farming industry.
If you are interested in learning more about HAF’s other ag education initiatives, please contact us at iris@hawaiiagfoundation.org.

Iris Mizuguchi, Director of Education Programs 
Krysta Gallagher, Education Program Manager

Kids Cooking Local Expands to Two New Title I Schools for 2017-2018 SY

The Hawaii Agricultural Foundation (HAF) has teamed up with Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii (BGCH) and will be expanding Kids Cooking Local. This year, the program, which launched in partnership with After-School All-Stars Hawaii (ASAS), will impact over 50 students at ASAS - Jarrett Middle School, ASAS - Waianae Intermediate School, BGCH – Charles C. Spaulding Clubhouse and BGCH – Hale Pono Ewa Beach.

Kids Cooking Local is a dynamic program that teaches students at Title I schools about the importance of agriculture and how to work with farm-fresh ingredients in the kitchen. Throughout the course of the quarter, after-school classrooms participate in interactive cooking classes – hosted by a professional chef – using produce from HAF’s Local Inside Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. This year’s chefs include Royce Arakaki of Flour & Barley, Randy Bangloy of Eating House 1849 – Kapolei Commons, Matt Young of Hula Grill Waikiki and Darryl Shinogi of Roy’s Ko Olina. Students also become more involved in the process of farming by engaging in hands-on garden lessons.

The end result: students become better versed in Hawaii’s agricultural industry, food preparation, safe kitchen skills and how to cook creatively.


Veggie U Parents Night Compost Lesson

On Wednesday, Oct. 5, August Ahrens Elementary School in Waipahu hosted Parents’ Night for the families of its fourth-grade students. In preparation for the evening, teachers selected an array of interactive, hands-on activities for students to complete with the help of their parents.

These parent-child lessons helped paint a picture of the types of programs being taught in the classroom and how STEM education is incorporated into the curriculum. Activities included learning how to plant and care for a seed in a boxed garden and making their own a worm farm to take home and use for composting.

Leilehua High School’s agriculture students recently took a trip to Sweet Land Farm, Oahu’s only certified goat creamery located on 86-acres in Waialua, through the In the Fields program. The goal of the In the Fields is to introduce high school students to the agricultural industry and the diversity of careers available in agriculture. The program aims to ensure that we foster and maintain a strong workforce needed to grow and sustain Hawai‘i’s agricultural industry.

Check out one student’s reflection of the excursion and her experience trying goat dairy for the first time ever:

Sweet Land Farm was such a rewarding experience. I really enjoyed seeing how [the owner] was so young and runs such a huge farm with 3 employees. When we first arrived, [the owner] greeted us with information about her farm. As she was talking, I was amazed and how much has been done in such a short amount of time.

We were then able to take a tour of the facility. I really enjoyed seeing the different goats from milkers, to the babies, then the studs. I never knew how much work can go into having a goat farm. All the machinery and how detailed everyone needs to be. What really amazed me was see how [the owner] knew every single goat’s name in her 100-something herd!

Once the tour was over we were then able to sit down and have a cheese tasting! I really enjoyed this due to the fact that I have NEVER had goat cheese before. We were able to try 6 different flavors from chevre to feta! [The owner] saved the BEST for last: goat milk CARAMEL! That caramel was amazing!!

I truly enjoyed our field trip to Sweet Land Farm and would like to go back and actually work on the farm as a community service project!


ATTN Keiki Artists: Localicious Hawaii Art & Poetry Contest is LIVE!

Creative keiki can immerse themselves in food and imagination for the fourth annual Localicious Hawaii Art and Poetry Contest presented by Hawaii Gas. The statewide competition, sponsored by the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation, kicks-off on Monday, October 2 and encourages K-8 students to learn more about Hawaii-grown ingredients. This year’s theme is “My Favorite Dish Created with Locally Grown and Raised Crop,” and is part of the yearlong Localicious Hawaiʻi public awareness campaign to promote our farmers, rancher and fishermen.

Student artists can enter to win a class party with local celebrity chef, up to $100 mall shopping spree and be featured on the front cover of the Localicious Hawaii 2018 calendar. For more information on how to enter the contest, visit http://www.hawaiiagfoundation.org/localicious-hawaii/art-poetry-contest.



Now Accepting Teacher Applications for a New FREE Ag Program

The Hawaii Agricultural Foundation is dedicated to educating future farmers and stewards of our state’s agriculture industry. Through our free educational programs, we work to build a strong continuum of ag educational opportunities in grades K through 12.

Our education team is currently accepting applications for Where Would We Be Without Seeds, at no cost to you or your school. See below on how to apply:

Where Would We Be Without Seeds

Where Would We Be Without Seeds is a one-unit, three-lesson curriculum that focuses on foods grown from seeds, plant life cycles, local agriculture and the farming industry. The program focuses on answering four essential questions:

  • Why are seeds important?
  • How do plants go through life cycles?
  • Where does our food come from?
  • Why is agriculture in Hawaii important?

If you’re interested in bringing Where Would We Be Without Seeds to your classroom, please send the following information to Iris Mizuguchi, Director of Education Programs at iris@hawaiiagfoundation.org:

  • Full Name:
  • School:
  • Grade:
  • Email:
  • Phone Number: