‘ᾹINA IS: Actively Integrating Nutrition & Agriculture In Schools

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ʻĀINA In Schools is a farm-to-school initiative that connects children to their local land, waters, and food in order to grow a healthier Hawaiʻi. In addition to encouraging the use of locally grown fruits and vegetables in school meals and snacks, the program teaches kids to grow food in their own school gardens.

ʻĀINA In Schools also provides nutrition education and field trips to local farms, while outreach efforts engage parents and other community members in environmental protection and healthy food choices.

OUR AREAS OF FOCUS:

  • Addressing childhood health issues by fostering healthy eating habits
  • Encouraging environmental stewardship by connecting children to the land & water that sustains them
  • Contributing to a healthy local food system by supporting Hawai’i’s farmers and their produce

Core components include:

  • Nutrition Education in the classroom empowers students to make healthy choices that will last a lifetime.
  • Garden-based Learning reconnects students to the natural world through the joys of gardening.
  • Healthy Food on Campus increases local, fresh products in school lunches and snack programs to provide healthy choices.

Additional components include:

We would not be able to have these great programs on our campus if it weren’t for the great help from our parent volunteers! We are always in need of more volunteers, whether it be:

-Teach or assist monthly nutrition lessons for grades 2 and 6. (Training Provided)

-Teach or assist monthly garden lessons for grades K, 1, 4, and 5. (Training Provided)

-Teach or assist monthly waste reduction (composting) lessons for grade 3.

-Work with Garden Club (Green Team) caring for the school’s garden (watering, weeding, etc.)

-Participate in Garden Party workdays to get the gardens ready for planting three times a year (Aug, Jan, April).

If you are interested, please let our ʻĀina Coordinator, Espie Chapman, know! echapman@lanikaielementary.com or 266-7844×230.

’ĀINA in ACTION at LANIKAI SCHOOL:

Green Team

School Garden

Aquaponics System

School Lunch from One Love Café offering Organic, Local Grown, Whole Grain Food, and a Vegetarian Option

Docents for Each Grade that Lead ‘Aina Lessons for Students

Composting Bins Onsite

Recycling Bins in Every Classroom

'Aina in Schools Docents (Parent Volunteers) Teach Nutrition Lessons to the 6th Grade
‘Aina in Schools Docents (Parent Volunteers) Teach Nutrition Lessons to the 6th Grade
Aquaponics System Designed and Built by Parent Dodge Distad
Aquaponics System Designed and Built by Parent Dodge Distad
Our garden, ready for planting, was designed by the 2012-2013 Green Team and has plots for each grade.
Our garden, ready for planting, was designed by the 2012-2013 Green Team and has plots for each grade.
The Green Team, led by Mr. Sawyer, works hard to maintain the garden and prepare for planting.
The Green Team, led by Mr. Sawyer, works hard to maintain the garden and prepare for planting.

 

The first fruits (or vegetables) of our labor... a radish sprouting up!
The first fruits (or vegetables) of our labor… a radish sprouting up!