Building our Capacity

The North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign is helping the community reach its food self-sufficiency goal by spearheading public education, community capacity building and market expansion initiatives.

We believe that a community-based, culturally appropriate, sustainable food system in North Kohala will benefit the health, environment and economy of the community.

Our initiatives this year include: School and community cooking classes with an emphasis on the use of low-cost, locally grown foods; “Eat Local” promotion campaign aimed at island-wide middle schools with a focus in Kohala and Honoka‘a; Increasing the number of local farmers who supply Kohala Elementary School’s Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program (FFVP); EBT program at Hawi Farmers Market; Education and Outreach; Hands-On Workshops that help people to grow food with low maintenance at low cost; Distribution of the Growing a Local Food System in North Kohala Strategic Plan.

The 2012-2013 North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign initiatives are supported by Kaiser Permanente and Local Initiatives Fund of RSF Social Finance. Support for the EBT at Hawi Farmers Market project is provided by County of Hawai‘i Department of Research and Development, Kohala Center and USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program. Past support has been provided by County of Hawai‘i Department of Research and Development and Hawai‘i County Council.

Sponsors

North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign initiatives are sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, County of Hawai‘i Department of Research and Development and the Local Initiatives Fund of RSF Social Finance. Planning and programs in 2012 were also sponsored by County of Hawai‘i County Council.

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The Community Harvest Hawai‘i project was seed funded by the Island Innovation Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.

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The Sustainable Saturdays Series is Co-Sponsored by Sustainable Kohala