Ka Hale Pomaikai Victory Farm
Ka Hale Pomaika’i Victory Farm, our garden project, is an integral component in the chemical dependency program at Ka Hale Pomaika’i (KHP). KHP is a culturally infused, outpatient, drug treatment program. 97% of our participants are of indigenous Hawaiian ancestry. Our participants arrive at our steps, drug addicted, desperate, depressed, nutritionally challenged, isolated from family and community, always in poor health. The Victory Garden focuses on growing food with a high nutritional value that is also a regular component of a healthy Hawaiian diet. KHP then provide the means to get this nutritious food to participants, their family members, elders and KHP’s food pantry consumers.
At KHP, The Blessed House, Our Victory Farm, (Victory Over Addiction) was established in 2010. Our garden is located on the rural, remote island of Molokai, Hawaiian. Molokai has a population of about 7,500 people; over 50% are of Indigenous ancestry. Molokai has the highest unemployment rate in Hawaii. Most of our consumable goods arrive by barge. This includes food items, gasoline and fuel for electricity.
Our garden sits on approximately one acre of previously farmed land on the lush, east end of Molokai. When KHP acquired the lease, this land was in need of major restoration. The staff and participants of KHP have worked to build healthy soil by incorporating cover crops, composting, mulching, green manures and other non-synthetic farming practices.
Our treatment programs stress wellness and healing in all areas of a person’s life. When addicts begin to recovery from addiction, a host of physical, emotional, spiritual and social areas need to be addressed for each individual. Caring for and growing nutritious food nurtures people. Learning and practicing a new skill or reintroduction to a forgotten skill builds confidence and self esteem while nourishing the whole person. (Confidentiality laws preclude showing participants photos).
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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