Among the pleasant new additions at the Saturday, March 9, Lipoa Street Farmers' Market was a colorful and lively booth staffed by volunteers from Grow Some Good (GSG). This local nonprofit organization, active in Kihei's public schools, encourages kids and grownups alike to get involved in gardening.
To that end, GSG volunteers came out in force for the morning market event, displaying fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds and seedlings. All the products were available to market-goers in exchange for a voluntary donation.
Volunteer Kerry O'Bryan Wilkins said that there are garden activities at Kihei Elementary School, Lokelani Middle School and Kamali'i Elementary.
Kerry O'Bryan Wilkins is a volunteer with Grow Some Good, a school garden program in Kihei that encourages more people to try growing their own food.
Others from Grow Some Good estimated that about 20 to 30 people are actively involved in Kihei gardening efforts, which have been ongoing since about 2005.
The organization also hosts free work-and-learn events every second Saturday and third Thursday at Kihei Elementary School.
"Our primary objective," said Wilkins, "is to get plants into the home and help people get started in growing their own food."
Maui Weekly could not resist acquiring some of the cilantro and tomato seedlings, and also went home with packets of pollinator garden seed for sunflowers and wildflowers.
The GSG Website provides details of the upcoming activities and more information about its goals.
For more information, call 269-6300 and visit growsomegood.org.