Kihei Elementary School Garden Starts Its Second Year!

August 6, 2010 at 7:39 am Leave a comment

Last year, SMS designed and installed a nearly 10,000 square foot garden at Kihei Elementary School. Maui County provided grant funding, many Maui vendors donated garden tools and materials, and over 60 community volunteers did the hard work of getting the garden beds installed. The garden produced beyond everyone’s expectations, and 540 students in 27 classes participated in planting, maintaining, and harvesting the produce. The garden has been featured on local, state, and national news services, including two mentions in Huffington Post [1] [2] .

Now school is back in session and students and teachers are able to use the garden for a second year. This year we plan to introduce more varieties of vegetables and herbs, plant more fruit trees, and get students growing some of their own starts from seeds. Now that students and teachers have already spent one year in the garden, they’ve got experience to tackle more challenging projects.

We will be recruiting more volunteers to help in the garden during the school day. Community volunteers assist teachers with managing classes while in the garden, showing students how to prune herbs or look for bugs, or helping them with their assigned tasks. Just a few hours each month is all that we ask, and you need not have garden expertise to help, as we have experienced gardeners there as well. If you are interested in becoming a member of our community volunteer “Garden Corps,” please contact kathy at (808) 344-0469 or email kathy@southmauisustainability.org. It’s a great way to contribute to the community, make new friends, and our volunteers will tell you there is no greater joy than seeing the delight of students in their garden.

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