Fork & Salad, Maui’s newest farm-to-table eatery, shares the same vision as Grow Some Good – to support local agriculture and improve access to nutritious food for everyone in our community. To help support this vision they are offering a signature salad special benefiting Grow Some Good now through March 2017.
With the purchase of each Beet and Goat Cheese Salad, Fork & Salad will donate $1 to Grow Some Good. This delicious salad features spinach, roasted beets, Surfing Goat Dairy cheese, raw beets, apples, seasonal local fruit, health grain mix, and macadamia nuts, topped with a grapefruit honey vinaigrette dressing.
Fork & Salad is a chef-inspired salad company that features locally-sourced ingredients in an effort to support Maui’s farmers, ranchers and fishermen. The menu includes signature salads, wraps, sandwiches, soups, juices, specialty drinks and more. By providing tasty, affordable, fresh meals, Fork & Salad hopes to expand the farm-to-table movement throughout Hawaii, making it available to all consumers and boosting the local economy.
Mahalo to co-owners Jaron Blosser, Travis Morrin and Cody Christopher for their generous support and for sharing our vision to inspire youth and support local agriculture.
Chef Paris Nabavi serves up a fantastic meal with a focus on community support in his popular private fundraising events for Grow Some Good. Featuring the Persian food of his culture, he creates a multi-course meal, complete with fine wine and warm hospitality. Chef Paris does not accept any payment for these dinners but instead asks that guests make a donation to Grow Some Good. Proceeds from the events support our school garden programs.
The most recent dinner in June was covered by journalist Kiaora Bohlool and featured on the news site Maui Now. Highlights were captured in the video below, featuring Chef Paris discussing some of the unique dishes he created for the evening. His guests also share what they love most about the food, the event, and the opportunity to support Grow Some Good.
A very special mahalo to Chef Paris and his wife Donna for their continued support!
Thank you to journalist Kiaora Bohlool for covering the story and creating the wonderful video below.
Watch this site for information about the next Chef Paris dinner event.
Take a “virtual tour” of the Grow Some Good school garden at Lahaina Intermediate School, featured in the video below. This piece was created by students as part of the PBS Hawaii news show HIKI NŌ.
The video features many of the students, faculty and staff that support the garden. School Principal, Stacy Bookland, says the garden has taught her:
“we can all work together to contribute to something positive, not onlyin our community, but in our bodies, in our minds, and in the growthof our students.”
Teachers also chime in, explaining how they see the garden benefiting youth by reinforcing classroom lessons, while at the same time giving them life-long skills that can increase their self-sufficiency. Their comments demonstrate school gardens have a positive impact on academics and learning.
Lots of good things are growing at Lahaina Intermediate School – Take a look!
This piece was created by students in HIKI NŌ, an educational initiative by PBS Hawaii. HIKI NŌ is the nation’s only state-wide student run news program. Students from middle and high schools across Hawaii produce PBS-quality video news segments about current issues and people of interest in our community. This story first aired during the First All-Middle School edition of HIKI NŌ on PBS on May 28, 2015.
Here’s an easy, automatic way to support Grow Some Good at no cost to you! Every time you purchase something through Amazon using their AmazonSmile program, .5% of the qualifying purchase amount is donated to Grow Some Good. All you have to do is shop! Millions of products on Amazon qualify for this amazing program. Eligible products are marked “Eligible for Amazon Smile donation” but you don’t even have to worry about that. Your shopping experience at Amazon remains the same as always.
Whenever you go to Amazon, make sure to enter through the AmazonSmile site and select Grow Some Good as your favorite charity. You can bookmark the page, so it comes up every time. There are also apps and browser extensions that make this super easy. We also put it right up front on our Grow Some Good page if that is easier for you!
0.5% doesn’t sound like much but let’s all see how much we can raise!
For questions, see the AmazonSmile FAQ page.
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It’s no secret that students, parents, and teachers love our school gardens! During garden visits, students spend hours discovering the wonder of growing their own food; the gardens bring beauty to our school campuses; students, families and members of the community enjoy the fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs they produce. As an organization, we take time at the end of each school year to reflect on how the gardens are fulfilling our goals of providing students with outdoor learning experiences that connect them to their food sources, inspire better nutrition choices, improve health, and teach them how to be better stewards of the land.
As we strive to grow, improve, and to “turnip the beet” in our programs, Grow Some Good conducts an annual Teacher Survey. We wanted to share with you some highlights from the 2015-16 school year.
According to the survey, a majority of teachers surveyed report that school gardens have a positive impact in students’ academic achievements in all core curriculum areas, and particularly in science, health, language arts and Hawaiian studies.
We know from more than eight years of managing these programs that hands-on, interactive lessons in the gardens improve retention and help reinforce classroom learning. Maui teachers surveyed agree:
Teachers were also asked to indicate what attributes they have observed in their students who participate in school gardens:
Teachers shared their thoughts on the impact school gardens have on their students.
Leslie Farthing, sixth-grade Social Studies teacher at Lahaina Intermediate School, said, “This program has been incredible for my students. It is a great introduction to working in a garden. For most students, it is their first time working with plants. They really enjoy it and take pride in their work. [The garden coordinator] always ties it to what we are learning which is very helpful. I did not grow up gardening so as an educator I love the experience as well.”
Teachers also commented:
“The garden is a wonderful addition to our school and the kids love it! Thank you!!”
“My students are so excited to be a part of this program! They are planting gardens of their own and are so inspired by [the garden coordinator].”
“The garden brings out interests and curiosity that I have not seen in class.”
“We are very thankful to have the opportunity to teach our students gardening skills. This is a life-long skill and our children are learning about how to be self-sustaining.”
“We truly enjoy our garden time. The students learn a lot and it is important to continue to educate our students about healthy eating habits. [The garden coordinator] does an exceptional job sharing her garden knowledge and skills with our students.”
“I truly appreciate the knowledge shared with our students. This year, [the garden coordinator] had excellent lessons aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Very impressive.”
“I enjoy watching my students investigating and taking notes. It shows that they are really interested in the garden.”
“We love Mondays. We get to go to the garden!”
For more details, you may review the complete survey results here: Grow Some Good 2016 Teacher Survey Data
Several Grow Some Good supports joined us on a recent School Garden Tour.
We visited Lokelani Intermediate School and Kihei Elementary School, two of our long-time garden sites. Visitors viewed “before” pictures of the sites and were amazed at the transformation provided by the school beautification and school garden projects.
Lokelani Intermediate School in 20011, and today.
Kiehi Elementary School garden in 2009. Today Garden Coordinator Miss Nadine stands in the same location, surrounded by mature fruit trees and healthy kalo (taro) plants.
Here we have three layers of activity in the garden: carrots growing in the ground, tomato plants planted behind them at the base of the trellis, and ipu hanging up above, where they are drying in preparation to be made into musical instruments as part of our cultural studies program.
Program Operations Manager Nio Kindla talks about the importance of composting and soil sifting, and how it benefits the entire garden.
Lokelani Intermediate houses Grow Some Good’s equipment and tool resource center, and is the site of the main Grow Some Good nursery, supporting 12 Grow Some Good schools and additional Maui School Garden Network schools across Maui, Lanai and Molokai. Storage for plants, gardening tools, event supplies, and lesson materials is critical.
Visitors gain an appreciation for the “outdoor classroom” shade structure in 80+ degree weather.
If you would like to join us for an upcoming school garden tour, contact us.
Award-winning Chef Paris Nabavi, owner of Sangrita Grill and Cantina, continues to make his mark on the Maui community.
Grow Some Good is thrilled to be included in his new “Maui RSVP” dining program, which supports eight local non-profits while giving diners an opportunity to dine out at a great discount.
Participating restaurants will offer select entrées and menu items at a 50% discount. Scheduled for the week of May 27th-June 5th, Chef Nabavi has partnered with some of Maui’s best restaurants to join him in his efforts.
Maui RSVP – Restaurants Support Vital Programs – is designed to support a select group of Maui non-profits that provide services close to Chef Nabavi’s heart: literacy, nutrition, cooking, school gardens, the arts, and support services. One of Chef Nabavi’s goals is to help change the way children eat. Engaging and educational programs, like school gardens, give them an early introduction to nutrition and healthy eating.
Beneficiaries of the Nabavi Legacy Fund are: Book Trust, Grow Some Good, Imua Family Services, Kids Cook / Teens Cook with Heart, Maui Academy of Performing Arts, Maui Culinary Academy, Maui Food Innovation Center, and Maui School Garden Network. The Fund, managed by Grant Central Station, will be distributed to the beneficiaries annually.
“I believe supporting these eight organizations is truly vital to the Maui community,” Chef Nabavi says. “They share a common thread in that they each provide unique services and opportunities to our children, who are the future of our island. Whether it’s nutrition and cooking, education, arts or support services, these groups are dedicated to enhancing lives and empowering Maui’s youth for generations to come.”
The Nabavi Legacy Fund will administer donations for Maui RSVP. Currently the event is scheduled to run again in the fall, from September 23rd – October 2nd.
Participating restaurants for the May 27th-June 5th event include:
Cane & Canoe at Montage Kapalua
Joey’s Kitchen at Whalers Village
The Mill House at Maui Tropical Plantation
Oceanside at Ma’alaea Harbor Shops
Pūlehu, an Italian Grill, at The Westin Kā‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas
Sangrita Grill & Cantina in Kā‘anapali
Taverna in Kapalua Resort
Three’s Bar & Grill in Kīhei
Mahalo, Chef Nabavi, for your continued support of Grow Some Good and our Maui community!
Wow! What a night! More than 400 people attended the 4th Annual Taste of School Gardens gala on Saturday March 12th, 2016, on the Hotel Wailea Sunset Lawn. Thanks to all the support from our ‘ohana, we raised $60,000 for more than 3,000 students in school garden programs across Maui.
The evening featured fabulous food prepared by local chefs, fine wines, local brews, and music performed by Maui’s own Soul Kitchen, and a special outdoor garden classroom area for guests to learn more about the school garden program’s lessons and activities.
Featured chefs included: Chef Gary Johnson of Hana Ranch Provisions, Chef Craig Dryhurst of DUO at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Chef Cameron Lewark of Spago, Chef Brian Etheredge of Capische?, Chef Christopher Kulis of The Market, Chef Brian Murphy of Cow Pig Bun, Chef Kevin Laut of The Outrigger Pizza Company and Chef Don Marceaux of Fabiani’s.
Wine Selections by Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, Southern Wine & Spirits, and Young’s Market. Specialty local beer and beer cocktails by Maui Brewing Company.
Also a big mahalo for the amazing generosity of our local farmers and artisans! Produce and local products provided by school gardens in South, Central and West Maui and the following local farms: Local Harvest (Island-wide), Evonuk Farms, Herb Co (Oahu), Hāna Ranch, Kahanu ‘Aina (Wailuku), Kumu Farms (Wailuku), Kupa’a Farms (K
ula), Mālama Farms (Haiku), Maui Breadfruit Company, Maui Nui Farm (Kula), Otani Farms (Kula), Simpli-fresh Farms (Lahaina), and SEE Farms (Kula).
Guests got to enjoy the outdoor classroom experience and participate in one of the most fun activities in the garden – making edible art! Garden equipment and tools were displayed along with special art made by student gardeners.
Taste of School Gardens is Grow Some Good’s premier fundraising event to support our community programs.
Grow Some Good’s mission is to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening local agriculture and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. Currently, we provide school garden program support to more than 3,000 students in 12 schools in South, Central, and West Maui.
Your support helps make this happen. Thank you to the many individuals and businesses that are donating their time, talent and resources to our event this year.
Taste of School Gardens takes place at Hotel Wailea’s beautiful Sunset Lawn Saturday, March 12, 2016 featuring dishes inspired by all the good things growing in our schools. This fourth-annual event features Maui’s premiere chefs coming together to support school gardens and inspire our future farmers, chefs, teachers, scientists, and community leaders.
Guests will enjoy dishes made from local and school garden grown ingredients, fine wine, live music by Soul Kitchen and ocean sunset views.
Chef Gary Johnson
Chef Brian Etheredge
Chef Brian Murphy
Chef Craig Dryhurst
Chef Don Marceaux
Chef Christopher Kulis
Chef Kevin Laut
Chef Cameron Lewark
Produce provided by school gardens in South, Central and West Maui and the following local farms and artisans: Local Harvest (Island-wide), Evonuk Farms, Hāna Ranch, Herb Co. (O’ahu), JK Organics (Makawao), Kahanu ‘Aina (Wailuku), Kumu Farms (Wailuku), Kupa’a Farm (Kula), Mālama Farms (Haiku), Maui Nui Farm (Kula), Penafrancia Farm (Kula), Otani Farm (Kula), and Simpli-fresh Farm (Lahaina).
Grow Some Good’s Taste of School Gardens event wouldn’t be a success without our sponsors. Thank you to the many individuals and businesses that are donating their time, talent and resources to our event this year.
We want to recognize those who make Taste of School Gardens an outstanding culinary event – our participating chefs and restaurants. This year, we welcome Chef Gary Johnson of the new Hana Ranch Provisions and welcome back our wonderful team of returning chefs, including:
– Chef Craig Dryhurst of DUO at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
– Chef Cameron Lewark of Spago
– Chef Brian Etheredge of Capische?
– Chef Christopher Kulis of The Market
– Chef Brian Murphy of Cow Pig Bun
– Chef Kevin Laut of The Outrigger Pizza Company
– Chef Don Marceaux of Fabiani’s
Thank you for sharing your talent and resources to make our event the best school-garden-to-table event on Maui!
This wonderful venue with a beautiful view gets rave reviews every time. Thank you to the Hotel Wailea for hosting us again this year. We also rely on another Wailea neighbor, the Four Seasons Resort, for providing help in planning and logistical support. Thank you for helping us with the details!
We are grateful for our media sponsors, Maui No Ka Oi Magazine, and MauiTime who are helping us spread the word about Taste of School Gardens. With their help, we anticipate another sold-out event this year!
Taste of School Gardens is Grow Some Good’s premier fundraising event to support our community programs. Our programs are hands-on, outdoor learning experiences that cultivate curiosity about natural life cycles, connect students to their food sources, and inspire better nutrition choices. In addition to helping establish food gardens and living science labs in local schools, we provide resources and curriculum support through community partnerships in agriculture, science, food education and nutrition. Your support helps make this happen. Mahalo!