Kihei Community Garden
The four main islands of Hawaii are home to over one million people! While many dream of this as an abundant paradise, the unfortunate reality is that over ninety percent of the goods in Hawaii are imported. Contrasting ancient records where is it thought that the four main islands sustained close to the current population of a million people with no outside contact. The Kihei Community Garden on the island of Maui seeks to be a public space for students and the community to learn together how to become more self-sustaining. Students alongside with local Kupuna (a Hawaiian Elder), local garden network mentors will be working to grow an existing space of 3 acres (130,000 sq. ft.). Goals for the project is to create a food forest, experimental gardens, and regular harvests to support the school salad bar, and a monthly farmers market stand. The food forest will provide shade for the garden, and fruit for the market. In the experimental gardens, students will run independent experiments testing best practices for vegetable and fruit production in Kihei. The salad bar at school will help to reinforce local self-sufficiency practices, showing students it is possible to eat local. Finally, the garden seeks to be financially self-sustaining as well, and that is why our last goal is to regularly have a harvest large enough to sell at a monthly farmers market on island. Maui, and Hawaii at large has one of the most favorable growing environments possible. The funding of this grant request will allow students to work side by side with community members of both traditional Hawaiian knowledge, and local horticultural knowledge to realize the production potential of our 'aina (land).
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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