Farm to School initiative

The goal of the Farm to School Initiative is to address the supply and demand issues surrounding the purchasing of local food for our State school cafeterias. The Initiative also aims to systematically increase state purchasing of local food for our school menus as well as connect our keiki with the aina through their food, using products from the local agricultural community.

Overview

Spearheaded by Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui, the Hawaii DOE, the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and The Kohala Center are working collaboratively on the Farm to School Initiative, with a goal to systematically increase local food in school lunches as well as connect our keiki with the ‘āina through their food, using products from the local agricultural community.

The effort is centered around a pilot program in the Kohala Complex — the kitchen for the three schools in the complex serves as a cooking and education lab, while providing needed data on costs and waste to inform scaling the program in other regions. The video above provides an overview of the effort.

Strategic Plan 2017-2020

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