Ulupono Initiative

Hawaii Island School Garden Network

The Hawaii Island School Garden Network has helped to catalyze a statewide “farm-to-school” movement.

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Background

Hawaii Island School Garden Network
The Hawaii Island School Garden Network is at the very heart of The Kohala Center’s comprehensive approach to the issue of food self-reliance. The Kohala Center supports school gardens as a way to garner community interest in strengthening the local food system and inspire future generations to care about agriculture. 

The Hawaii Island School Garden Network has helped to catalyze a statewide “farm-to-school” movement, in which local families convey their strong interest in having healthy, fresh, locally grown food served to students. The “farm-to-school” movement has spurred further interest in strengthening the local food system by ensuring that local farms can supply the potential demand on the part of institutional buyers. 

Hawaii Farm-to-School and School Garden Hui (HFSSGH)
The overarching mission of HFSSGH is to strengthen Hawaii's statewide Farm-to-School and School Garden movement by supporting the various island networks in the areas of capacity building, resource development and sharing, professional development, and policy development and advocacy. The Kohala Center took over the responsibility of HFSSGH in 2012.

Why We Invested

Investing in the Kohala Center’s Hawaii Island School Garden Network provides the opportunity for impact in food and waste by helping to raise future farmers and food entrepreneurs. 

Impact

  • Supports more local food by increasing the consumer demand among children and families
  • Inspires and nurtures educated consumers who seek out fresh local food
  • Helps raise future farmers and food entrepreneurs 
  • Provides agricultural resources that nurture more local food
  • Incorporates composting and recycling of food, green waste as a resource
  • Leads and partners with garden and school food community across the state
  • Provides replicable programs to enhance broader impact

At a Glance

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Investment Area
Food, Waste
Financial Model
Non-Profit
Total Investment

$865,485

Hawaii Island School Garden Network
‚Äč2014: $22,500
2013: $147,500
2012: $83,750
2011: $150,000
2010: $47,650
2009: $195,000*
2008: $45,000*
2007: $120,000*

Hawaii Farm-to-School & School Garden Hui 
2014: $32,200
2012: $21,885

*Omidyar funds were invested before the creation of Ulupono and are considered legacy projects.

Support for the Kohala Center is provided through grants from the Ulupono Donor-Advised Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Website
KohalaCenter.org/HISGN