Harvest Festival Fun for Keiki Farmers

Harvest Festival Fun Keiki farmers at Kamalii Elementary School and Kihei Elementary School enjoyed a fun Harvest Festival at each of their schools. These annual events are a highlight of the school garden program, as students make and enjoy healthy snacks with fresh produce, from recipes designed to be simple, so they can be easily […]

Keeping Our Gardens Safe

Addressing the Spread of Rat Lungworm Disease and the Zika Virus Grow Some Good and Maui School Garden Network are working together to address the spread of Rat Lungworm Disease and the Zika virus on Maui. As recent news reports have indicated, Rat Lungworm Disease, or RLWD, has come to Maui via its predominant, intermediate […]

Keeping Our Gardens Safe

Addressing the Spread of Rat Lungworm Disease and the Zika Virus Grow Some Good and Maui School Garden Network are working together to address the spread of Rat Lungworm Disease and the Zika virus on Maui. As recent news reports have indicated, Rat Lungworm Disease, or RLWD, has come to Maui via its predominant, intermediate […]

A Magical Night Under the Stars

Taste of School Gardens: Growing, Knowing, Sharing The Taste of School Gardens theme “Growing, Knowing, Sharing” showcased Grow Some Good’s programs as guests enjoyed fresh produce, grown in educational outdoor classrooms and local farms, prepared and shared by some of Maui’s best Chefs. The event raised just over $58,000, with 325 attendees coming out to […]

Taste of School Gardens Menu Announced!

Announcing the Taste of School Gardens Menu! This week Chefs unveiled their special garden-inspired dishes for the Taste of School Gardens event on March 4th.  Feast your eyes on these mouth-watering gourmet items! Chef Peleg Miron of Spago (at left) will serve Fresh Catch Sashimi with fragrant Thai Herbs and Green Papaya Salad.   Chef Zach Sato of […]

Mahalo Taste of School Gardens 2017 Sponsors

Grow Some Good’s Taste of School Gardens is an amazing event thanks to our wonderful sponsors! Thank you to the many individuals and businesses that are donating their time, talent and resources to our event this year! Welcoming our New Chefs New Chefs participating this year include Chef Peleg Miron of Spago, Chef Zach Sato […]

Volunteers Get it Done!

Hundreds of Helpers

We’re thankful for the hundreds of volunteers that support our organization each year. Some come from thousands of miles away and dedicate part of their vacation to helping our community; others live just around the corner and volunteer every month.

Volunteer Highlights from 2016

From painting signs to pulling weeds to assembling planting beds, our volunteers are always willing to help in every way needed. Here are some highlights from 2016.

Pulling weeds in the kalo patch is part of the fun at Kihei Elementary School.

Pulling weeds in the kalo patch is part of the fun at Kihei Elementary School.

Visiting Volunteers make soil sifters.

Visiting Volunteers make soil sifters.

Volunteers at Kihei Charter School move tubes of irrigation line.

Volunteers at Kihei Charter School move tubes of irrigation line.

Volunteers at Kahului Elementary School prepare the soil for planting.

Volunteers at Kahului Elementary School prepare the soil for planting.

Connie ties string around the ipu to prepare it for hanging.

Volunteer Connie ties string around the ipu to prepare it for hanging.

Two student volunteers hang ipu to dry.

Two student volunteers hang ipu to dry.

Visiting Volunteers help move some soil.

Volunteers on Vacation help move some soil at Lokelani Intermediate School.

Prepping veggies for a Harvest Party at Kamali'i Elementary School.

Prepping veggies for a Harvest Party at Kamali’i Elementary School.

Volunteers put the framework in place for new growing beds at Kahului Elementary School.

Volunteers put the framework in place for growing beds at Kahului Elementary School.

Keiki volunteers add soil amendments at Kahului Elementary School.

Keiki volunteers add soil amendments at Kahului Elementary School.

Look what I found while fulling weeds!

Look what I found while pulling weeds!

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Putting in pretty new raised beds at Pu’u Kukui Elementary School.

Pretty New Growing beds in place at Pu'u Kukui Elementary School.

Pu’u Kukui Elementary School garden looks amazing after a recent Work & Learn Day!

Two of our favorite volunteers - Executive Director Kathy Becklin and Garden Coordinator Nadine Rasmussen.

Two of our favorite volunteers – Executive Director Kathy Becklin (R) and Kihei School Garden Coordinator Nadine Rasmussen (L) help out at Lokelani Intermediate School.

A very special mahalo to all of our wonderful volunteers!

If you are interested in volunteering with Grow Some Good, contact Cynthia at Volunteer@GrowSomeGood.org for more information.

 

Garden Scavenger Hunt at Kahului Elementary

A Fun Review of Garden Lessons

Kahului Elementary School’s 1st grade garden classes recently did a Garden Scavenger Hunts as a fun way to review the lessons they have learned so far this year:

  • Identifying the parts of the plant: flower, stem, leaves, roots and their purpose
  • Recognizing our insect and bug friends in the garden, and where to find them.
  • Using our five senses to discover sounds, smells, textures and colors (and tastes!) in the garden.
  • Understanding what “weeds” are, how to identify and remove them. (If in doubt, don’t pull it out!)
Scavenger Hunt List

Scavenger Hunt List

Each pair of students was given a collection box courtesy of Hawaiian Moons Natural Foods containing a “checklist,” scissors and a “bug cup” with instructions to collect the following:

  1. A flower.
  2. A bug, insect or worm.
  3. Two weeds – one per student.
  4. Something that smells/stinky.
  5. A heart-shaped leaf.
Looking for Insects

Looking for Insects

Clipping a heart-shaped leaf.

Clipping a heart-shaped leaf.

Looking for Weeds.

Looking for Weeds.

What they Found

Marigolds provided lots of flowers; students hunted down ants, sow bugs and worms, and weeds were easy to come by. “Smelly” items included the lemon, Thai or Italian green basil, green onions, sage, lemongrass or rosemary which all have strong smells. One student insisted the flower of the marigold was sufficiently smelly to qualify! ʻUala was the first choice for a heart-shaped leaf, but the beans and squash plants lost a few leaves too!

Getting Checked

The Garden Educator “checked” the items for the first pair of students to complete the scavenger hunt. Subsequent pairs of students were “checked” by classmates. This is where the real learning came in as they questioned each other as to whether or not a plant “smelled” enough, whether a leaf was “heart-shaped” enough, and whether or not the top of a weed counted or, “Does it need to have the roots attached?”

Demonstrating cooperation in the garden.

Demonstrating cooperation in the garden.

Garden Literacy

During after-activity follow-up questions with students it was clear all had improved their garden literacy and ability to identity and describe what they had found, as well as added new words to their vocabularies. Some students also learned that keeping an ant in a cup has its challenges.

Well done, Kahului Elementary School!

What's in your tray?

What’s in your box?

Ono Gelato Specials in December

Ono Gelato Creamery & Shack Cafe Maui’s favorite Ono Gelato in Kihei is now Ono Gelato Creamery & Shack Café and they’ve got some delicious new menu items to try! During the next few weeks, 10% of the revenue from each of these specials is donated to Grow Some Good. Ono Gelato uses fresh, natural, local […]

Ono Gelato Specials in December

Ono Gelato Creamery & Shack Cafe

Ono GelatoMaui’s favorite Ono Gelato in Kihei is now Ono Gelato Creamery & Shack Café and they’ve got some delicious new menu items to try! During the next few weeks, 10% of the revenue from each of these specials will be donated to Grow Some Good.
Ono Gelato uses fresh, natural, local and organic ingredients available on Maui. Stop by and give them a try. And be sure to leave room for dessert!

 

 

Special Menu Items

Now through December 10, 2016:  Lemongrass Turkey Bahn-Mi Sandwich Lemongrass-Ginger Brined Turkey Breast on a Homemade Baguette with spicy cucumbers, carrots and onions, papaya salsa and cilantro with crunchy peanut slaw on the side.

December 11 – 23, 2016: Sausage and Peppers Italian Sausage, Sweet Peppers & Maui Onion Sautéed in Vodka Marinara with Fresh Mozzarella on a Homemade Hoagie with Roasted Veggie Salad on the Side.

A big mahalo to the team at Ono Gelato for supporting Grow Some Good!