A Garden Grows in Kekaha is a demonstration garden in west Kaua'i for those interested in seeing examples and learning about regenerative garden and farming approaches. Our programs are focused on serving the working families and children of our westside community.
We also host off-site, garden-based learning opportunities through field trips and farm tours, and present our work at schools, special events and workplaces.
After several years of using cultivation principles and regenerative practices that allow us to "work smarter, not harder," our demonstration garden now requires only minimal weeding and no commercial inputs. This allows us to use more of our time and skills to deliver offsite presentations and learning experiences .
Pride in Our Westside Culture
Our garden is proudly by, for and about the residents of west Kaua‘i.
We take pride in our history of tight-knit, multigenerational families across ethnicities and experiences. Our collective traditions of food, agriculture and traditional farming practices are rich and diverse, and that knowledge is part of what we share at the demonstration garden.
Here in our west Kaua'i towns (from Kekaha and Waimea all the way to Koloa) many families have strong ties to the sugar plantation, as well as to taro and rice growing cultures, truck farmers, and fishers.
Decades later, westside residents now work in local businesses, government offices, at Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital (KVMH), as teachers and administrators, at the nearby Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), in the visitor industry, or as workers for the companies on westside ag lands. We are Filipino, Japanese, Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, Ni'ihauan, Puerto-Rican and European-descended, and from so many other parts of the world.
To celebrate this diversity, our demonstration garden includes examples of the plants and foods of our many diverse cultures. Our programs also teach students about the many ethnic communities have impacted west Kaua'i.