Hawai‘i Farm to School Toolkit Guide

The purpose of this toolkit is to improve access to experiential farm to school education for all of Hawai‘i’s students through systematic integration of farm to school programming into school culture. Based on several decades of grassroots relationship building, and successful development and piloting of Hawai‘i-based resources and professional development offerings, the Hawai‘i Farm to School Toolkit builds capacity to regenerate sustainable food systems across the pae‘āina ‘o Hawai‘i through farm to school.

The 4 Themes

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Theme 1: Youth Leadership & Service Learning

This component is designed to help students find a lasting sense of purpose and place within Hawai‘i’s food systems transformation. Recommended activities begin with an overview of context, including feelings of overwhelm or anxiety that can be associated with climate change. What is needed? What do your students love to do? What are they best at? This is their ikigai – reason for being!

  • Discovering Student Purpose in Farm to School
  • Service Learning
  • Supplementary Resources
  • Working with Emotions
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Theme 2: Garden to Cafeteria

This component is designed to help students find a lasting sense of purpose and place within Hawai‘i’s food systems transformation. Recommended activities begin with an overview of context, including feelings of overwhelm or anxiety that can be associated with climate change. What is needed? What do your students love to do? What are they best at? This is their ikigai – reason for being!

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Theme 3: School Garden & Food Safety

This component is designed to help students find a lasting sense of purpose and place within Hawai‘i’s food systems transformation. Recommended activities begin with an overview of context, including feelings of overwhelm or anxiety that can be associated with climate change. What is needed? What do your students love to do? What are they best at? This is their ikigai – reason for being!

  • Garden Safety
  • Food Safety
  • Safety Checklists
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Theme 4: Harvest of the Month

This component is designed to help students find a lasting sense of purpose and place within Hawai‘i’s food systems transformation. Recommended activities begin with an overview of context, including feelings of overwhelm or anxiety that can be associated with climate change. What is needed? What do your students love to do? What are they best at? This is their ikigai – reason for being!

  • Planning Guides
  • Additional HOM Resources
  • HOM Local Crops Library
  • Avocado (Pea)
  • Banana (Mai’a)
  • Breadfruit (‘Ulu)
  • Citrus (‘Ohana ‘Alani)
  • Green Beans (Papapa)
  • Papaya (Mikana)
  • Pipturus Albidus (Mamaki)
  • Squash (Pala’ai)
  • Sweet Potato (‘Uala)
  • Taro (Kalo)

About Hawai‘i’s Farm to School Movement

Hawaii Farm to School HuiFarm to school programs involve school gardens and farms, education/curricular integration, and school food improvements through local food procurement to enhance the total well-being of students, families, schools, and community food systems.

The Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui is a statewide network founded in 2010 with a collective mission to strengthen Hawaii’s 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. The Hawai‘i Farm to School Hui is a program of Hawai‘i Public Health Institute; learn more at hiphi.org/jointhehui.

Funding

usda logo Development of the Hawai‘i Farm to School Toolkit was supported by the Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program (FASLP) Grant No. 2020-70026-33222 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Mahalo

Mahalo to the Kapi‘olani Community College, Service Learning & Sustainability Program for providing technical expertise on the service learning component of the toolkit and Groundswell Services, Inc. for project evaluation.

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