Punana Leo o Moloka'i School Garden
Punana Leo o Moloka'i is the only Hawaiian Immersion Language preschool on Moloka'i. The children (keiki) will be the primary benefactors of the Punana Leo o Moloka'i School Garden and the secondary benefactors will be the children's families (extended ohana). The goal of the school garden is to have the children fully experience the joy of gardening from the ground up by helping with the design of the garden, selecting seeds, growing, caring, harvesting, sharing, preparing and eating their yummy vegetables. Adding local sustainable produce to the school's breakfast and lunch program would add variety and added nutrition to the menu, improve food security and extend the children's awareness of the importance of eating nutritional whole local food. The garden would deepen children's Hawaiian vocabulary as children would see, taste, touch and feel the words they are learning in the garden. Children's families would also benefit as they would work in the garden alongside their children and share in the bounty of the harvest. The goal would be that families would share recipes and use the garden's vegetables during the many family pot lucks during the school year. Family participation will be integral to the sustainability and success of the school garden and would also add local produce to what families are eating at home. Lastly, when children grow their own vegetables, watch their seeds sprout, flower and then eat them they are happy. Gardening as a child brings about focus, awareness, balance and peace. And there is nothing like eating something you grew; this is a priceless gift that would be given to the children. The hope is to instill the love of gardening and growing your own healthy food which will sustain each child over their lifetime while improving the food security on Moloka'i.
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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