In 2022 our garden site at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Kekaha will close so that we can focus our resources on better meeting our communities' needs. The Kuleana Curriculum, developed by, for and about the Hawaiian community, will be the new anchor of our education efforts. Fresh, organic produce grown from our islandwide network of small family farms will continue to be shared with food banks and food distribution sites serving west Kaua‘i.
Many thanks to all, and to St. Paul's Episcopal Church for many years of hosting the garden!
Over the past 5 years we explored several ways to be more effective in delivering healthy produce and gardening education to working families in our west Kaua‘i community.
Westside working families from our native Hawaiian, former plantation, and immigrant communities asked for more home-based approaches to growing food. They told us that they wanted to garden at home with their keiki and future generations. And that they were interested in trying new vegetables, fruits and herbs.
For parents often working 2 or more jobs and other caretaking responsibilities, getting to a community garden site with their keiki to grow food was difficult. Our older population was also becoming less mobile.
Listening to our community, in 2017 we started providing home-based, customized education, a home-based raised bed program, irrigation assistance, as well as seedlings and produce donated by our islandwide network of farmer friends. In these ways, family-oriented Kekaha enjoyed gardening and food experiences with their chosen community - their ‘ohana - in the comfort of their own backyards.
In 2022 we turn our efforts to sharing The Kuleana Curriculum, a tool that serves our local families and those beyond our westside community, particularly Hawaiian homesteaders. We also continue to share healthy food by facilitating delivery of harvests from our network of small family farms to islandwide distribution sites. In these two ways, under our new "Let's Grow Good" initiative, we are expanding our impact and reach on the westside and beyond.