SMS Newsletter, July 2009

July 10, 2009 at 10:43 pm 1 comment

 DINNER AND MOVIE
Saturday July 18, 6:30 p.m.


SMS invites everyone to our 2nd “Dinner and Movie” night at Kihei Charter School. This event is a Locavore Potluck, so please bring a dish made predominately with foods produced here in Hawaii. All types of cuisine are welcome. Please bring a card or label stating the ingredients of your dish.

We will be screening Revolution Green, the story of Biodiesel in America, focusing on Maui’s own Pacific Biodiesel. Also, the new short documentary by Sustainable Living Institute of Maui called Sustainable Living 101—Looking to Maui’s Past to Inform a Sustainable Future.

This is a ‘Trash Free’ event, so please bring your own eating utensils, plates, bowls, and cups, to take home with you.

If you’re interested in learning what it means to eat locally, and would like to support our local farmers and food producers, please join us for a wonderful evening of freshly prepared dishes, lively conversation, meeting new friends and neighbors and topical films.

We’ll have a ‘Seed-Plant-Edible Exchange Table‘ set up for you to share your bounty and inspire others to grow their own food. Please bring your seeds, starts, cuttings, or any surplus fruits and veggies to share with others. We’ll provide index cards to identify your contributions and to let people know who they are from. We set a goal at our 1st Locavore Potluck and a Movie in December that in one year, most food for future locavore dinners would be grown in our local gardens—come help us to achieve that. Now is the time to start planning and planting!

We look forward to seeing you on the 18th!

 SCHOOL GARDENS
Spring harvest was completed at the three Kihei school gardens. Students in the Kamali’i Summer School Program are tending the garden and harvesting vegetables and herbs throughout summer break.

Emily Goss, School Garden Committee chair, attended a School Garden Workshop on the Big Island with educators from across the State of Hawaii . The workshop focused on many topics including curriculum, garden design, soil fertility, weeds as our friends, and many models of successful school gardens that we can use as we expand the program.

 REEF SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE

South Maui Sustainability (SMS) is excited to announce the creation of the Reef Sustainability Committee. According to SMS Core Group member and Reef Committee chairperson Teri Leonard, “Everything we do on the land affects our ocean and reef systems. We must take responsibility for our actions which include the use of injection wells, destruction of wetlands, runoff from our built environment, development, and over-population. The Reef Sustainability Committee’s mission is to educate ourselves and the public, and then follow through with, methods to reduce and reverse the daily damage we inflict on our South Maui reefs.

Some of the suggestions brought to the Reef Sustainability Committee:

  • Support established reef environmental groups
  • Learn about water quality
    • Clean Water Act: What is it and how does it pertain to the reef?
    • Wastewater disposal systems
    • Runoff issues
  • Create and conduct educational presentations for schools and the general public
    • Eyes on the Reef programs
    • Each classroom “become a fish” for a year and learn all about that fish
    • Reef Check and Sea-Link
  • Conduct beach and underwater clean-ups
  • Survey reef fish populations
  • Learn to fish in a sustainable manner
  • Create a publication (electronic?) “101 Ways to Save the Reef”

Do you have thoughts and ideas? Please share them with us. Email Teri Leonard at teri@southmauisustainability.org for dates and times of upcoming Reef Sustainability Committee meetings.

SMS will focus the September 10th community meeting on water quality and how it affects the reef. We will also be introducing several representatives of local reef advocacy groups.
Updates will be released as the date of the community meeting draws near.


 <font size="3" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" color="#2E4408"GROWING OUR FUTURE, TOGETHER

We had a very productive meeting with Kihei Community Association (KCA) on June 16. Following fresh vegetable pupus donated by Kula Fields and prepared by Nio Kindla, there was a short presentation of the scope of SMS activities. We broke into four discussion groups: Community Gardens, Recycling and Conservation, Reef Sustainability, and Renewable Energy. The discussions produced many creative suggestions for increasing sustainability and enhancing life on Maui. See details.

POSTINGS: We post articles about all kinds of sustainability issues from all kinds of perspectives to inform and encourage thoughtful discussion. The postings do not necessarily reflect the opinions of South Maui Sustainability. See details.

ACTIVITIES, PHOTOS AND SUGGESTIONS
You can post ideas for articles you might like to see or to write for the newsletter, photos of your garden or other sustainable projects and discuss issues that are important to you on our social network website—or if you prefer you can email them to us and we’ll post them for you.

We welcome you to join us in any of our activities or to work with any of our committees, which cover major sustainability issues such as growing food, renewable energy, reef sustainability, conservation and recycling, PR, web site, fundraising, political action, etc.

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