The Hawai‘i School Garden Curriculum Map was created by teachers for busy teachers who may not be gardeners themselves, but intuitively understand the benefits of inquiry-based, place-based, project-based learning for their students. Program director Amanda Rieux will be co-teaching two 4-day trainings on the MAP this summer, one in Puna and one on Oahu.
The Hawai’i Farm to School and School Garden Hui (HFSSGH) was formed in 2010 and includes farm to school and school garden network leaders from six islands and representatives from the Hawaiʻi Departments of Education and Health. Itʻs mission is to strengthen Hawaiʻiʼs statewide farm to school and school garden movement by supporting the island networks in the areas of capacity building, resource development and sharing, professional development, policy development and advocacy. The Hui is largely responsible for the stateʻs first farm to school bill that was passed just over a year ago.
P-20 (Preschool-age 20) Workgroup
The goal of agricultural education is to reconnect our children, youth, and adults with the ‘āina: that which feeds us mentally, spiritually, and physically.
UH-Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) develops an “implementation strategy and recommendations for the creation of a statewide coordinated framework of support for P–20 agriculture education, including any proposed legislation.”
Kū ‘Āina Pā , School Garden Teacher Training
This summer Kū ‘Āina Pā, the School Garden Teacher Training program, moved into a new phase. From June 6-9 Program Director, Amanda Rieux co-taught “Learning to Navigate the Hawai‘i School Garden Curriculum Map and Create a Standards-Based Garden Program for Your Classroom” with Nancy Redfeather from The Kohala Center and Dr. Koh Ming Wei from PREL.
The workshop and curriculum map are the culmination of seven years of work by this team doing professional development for teachers and garden teachers in the state of Hawai’i and beyond. For the past 18 months they have been working on the Hawai‘i School Garden Curriculum Map (HSGCM). With a team of 12 teachers they have created a document that clearly illustrates the learning that can happen in the garden. We believe that this dynamic tool can play a significant role in growing the learning garden movement.
The intention is that this document will support classroom teachers as well as to help gain credibility with administrators and the Department of Education. Among the 30 teachers who met at Kona Pacific Charter School for this 4 day intensive workshop were teachers from as far away as the Marshall Islands. This work has been supported by the WHH Foundation, the Bill Healy Foundation, and the USDA Farm to School Program.
This work promotes excellence in using learning gardens and has contributed significantly to the enormous growth of the school garden movement in Hawai’i, affording more children the opportunity and pleasure of learning outside from the living world.
If you would like more information about Kū ‘Āina Pā or the Hawai‘i School Garden Curriculum Map, please contact Amanda Rieux at Amanda@malaai.org
We are also developing new community programming that we will unveil shortly with several partners.