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Wahiawa Community Garden Raising the Bar for WIC Clients

Jul 04, 2014

The WIC Wahiawa Community Garden located on Oahu has been expanded thanks to the Kitchen Gardener's Institute "Sow it Forward Grant" and the help of Drew Wilkinson and Positive Energetics Foundation.  Laura Morihara, the Local Agency Coordinator for WIC, has also played a key role in making this project a success. Her mission is to provide WIC families with useful information to help them achieve optimal health.

Laura feels that the garden has helped take her mission to the next level by providing clients with an opportunity to try new vegetables at no cost.  The clinic also models self-sufficiency and sustainability by “growing our own.”  "Located at the clinic entry, the garden communicates health to the WIC participants, even before they walk in the door."

WIC is a supplementary program, providing women and children with ten and eight dollars of organic or non-organic produce per month respectively.  This doesn’t go far, especially in Hawaii where food costs are high. 

According to Laura, “The garden gives staff a feeling of ownership and empowers us as more capable teachers, ‘walking the talk,' while giving participants a taste of organic local produce and encouragement to start a garden."

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