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2012 Maui Youth Gardening Workshops

August 23, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Youth gardening workshops are scheduled for Saturdays on Sept. 15, 22 and 29 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at three different locations on Maui.

This year's workshops feature a great group of presenters and will offer hands-on activities on a variety of topics. Presentations include recruiting volunteers for school gardens, garden as the classroom, building a healthy school garden from the ground up, curriculum integration and recipe demonstrations, aqua-ponics, nutrition, health and math in the garden, growing micro-greens, building healthy soils, permaculture, the light that is growing our food, starting an entrepreneurship program, youth garden awards, food demonstration by area chefs and fun activities.

These workshops are great places to network with other schools and organizations involved in the youth gardening movement in our islands.

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If you have an interest in school or youth gardening and want to know how to make your program flourish, these workshops are for you!
Photo: Anne Gachuhi

The workshops are open to all individuals 18 years and older, groups, organizations, churches, volunteers or schools involved or interested in developing youth or school gardening programs.

The workshops are co-sponsored by the Home Gardening Support Network (, the Maui School Garden Network (, the Community Workday Program ( and the Grow Some Good organization (

These organizations are grateful to the various groups that have continued to support the youth and school gardening efforts on Maui, including the County of Maui Farm Bureau, Whole Foods Maui, Maui Preparatory Academy principals, Carden Academy and Kihei Elementary School, workshop presenters, teachers, volunteers and of course, the students themselves.

The organizations also thank Maui Chefs Dan Fiske, Paris Nabavi (owner of Cilantro Mexican Grill and Pizza Paradiso in Lahaina), Market Bistro (Makawao) and others, and its keynote speakers, Maui County Executive Assistant for Environmental Concerns Robert Parson and Pomai Weigert of Ali'i Kula Lavender.

The workshops will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and will end at 1:30 p.m.

This year, there is also an optional post-workshop session offered with various hands-on activities from 2 to 3 p.m. Advance registration is required for the post-workshop session.

The fee for the whole-day workshop is $25 (includes lunch) if you register by Friday, Aug. 31, and $35 after Aug. 31. The registration deadline is Sept. 10.

If you have an interest in school or youth gardening and want to know how to make your program flourish, these workshops are for you!

To register and to learn more about the workshops, contact Anne Gachuhi at (808) 446-2361, email or visit



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