TENTATIVE 2017 HI-F2S CONFERENCE AGENDA… registration link coming soon!!!

11:00 am Parade Participants check-in Bento lunch included in registration- parade participants sign-in & eat early
11:45am Parade of F2S Programs Start parade at the main event, through exhibit hall, to end-up at the front stage of the F2S Conference at 12:00noon.
12:00 noon 2017 Hawaii F2S Conference Starts Registration sign-in, pick-up lunch bento, & watch the Parade of Programs
12:30 pm F2S MVP Award Ceremony HDOA presenting awards recognizing innovative & inspirational F2S programs in Hawaii
1:00 pm The Hawaii Farm to School Program – F2S Toolkit of Hawaii F2S Program Policy & Resources Presentation & Q&A of new Hawaii F2S resources – online links.

  • HDOA F2S Policies – hard copies
2:00 pm Procurement – Local Sourcing Progress & Potential; A panel discussion with HiDOE & Charter School procurement teams Dexter Kishida (HiDOE-School Food Services Branch Supervisor & Farm to School Lead), State Procurement Office Administrator Sarah Allen, Jennifer Dang (HiDOE – OHCNP), Gretchen Ana Currie Ramirez (Kona Pacific Public Charter School, Hawaii Island Charter School Food Services Hui), Amalie Doran (Volcano Public Charter School’s Kitchen Manager)
3:00 pm Agricultural Education on the P-20 Continuum – Resource Map & discussion of coordinated framework support CTAHR Dean Novotney, & P-20/HUI members, Michael Barrows (HiDOE-CTE); Natalie McKinney (Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation); Nancy Redfeather (School Garden Curriculum Map); Hawaii Ag Foundation (Veggie U); Tiana Kamen (Pre-school curriculum)
4:00 pm Myth Busting School Gardens, Composting, & Cafeteria Rules – Interactive Panel Q&A w/ HiDOE, DOH, & HDOA Peter Oshiro (DOH); Robert Hamm (HiDOE-IPM); Sue Uyehara (HiDOE-HCNP); Dexter Kishida (HiDOE-SFSB); Steve Russo (HDOA- Pesticides); Luisa Castro (HDOA-Food Safety); Jennifer Milhilen (Composting – Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation)

  • School Gardens Best Practices Binder hard copies
5:00 pm Closing

  1. REGISTRATION will be coming soon! We are teaming-up with the 2017 AG-CONFERENCE (8/29-8/30/2017), who will be handling the registration through the conference website.
    • COST will be $25 with 2017 AG-Conference registration (8/29-8/30/2017), $30 to only register for the 2017 F2S Conference (12:00 noon-5pm 8/30/2017);
    • Lunch is included in registration;
  2. SCHOLARSHIPS – we are planning to have a limited number of scholarships to cover inter-island travel &/or registration fees; preference will be given to inter-island HFSSGH members, F2S MVP awardees, and F2S Parade of Programs participants.
  3. F2S MVP AWARDS – nominate the most innovative & inspirational farm to school programs for recognition awards!
  4. PARADE OF F2S PROGRAMS – The 2017 F2S Conference will start with a parade of farm to school programs showcasing the many themes of farm to school programs across Hawaii!  Gather your students, parents, garden coordinators, teachers, and others to develop a fun parade presentation (dress-up, march with a banner, carry your harvest, get creative)!
  5. HAWAIIAN HARVEST ARTWORK CONTEST entries will be on display during the AG-CONFERENCE & winning artwork will be announced during the 2017 Farm to School Conference!  Winning artwork will be displayed with the Hawaiian Harvest of the Month Calendar, a promotional marketing campaign to highlight seasonal foods grown/raised in Hawaii and incentivize incorporating seasonal Hawaiian harvests into meals and snack programs.
    • Hawaiian Harvest Artwork Flier HERE (LINK – flier attached) ;  Please share this Hawaiian Harvest Resource & Artwork Contest with classrooms as a fun end of school year & summer take-home activity!



2017 HAWAII FARM TO SCHOOL CENSUS is in final approval process with HiDOE’s OSIP data governance folks!

  1. PURPOSE: This census survey was developed by the Hawaii Farm to School Programin collaboration with the Hawaii Farm to School and School Garden Hui to:
    • Identify existing programs, innovations and challenges;
    • Identify school priorities to influence statewide support prioritization;
    • Hi-light F2S successes and best practices to share;
    • Track progress metrics on F2S key performance indicators;
    • Gathering reportable data for F2S program funding requests;
  2. BACKGROUND:  This 2017 F2S Census is a follow-up to previous F2S data collection activities and expansion on information gathered.
    • SCHOOL GARDEN FOCUSED: in 2012, the Hawaii Farm to School & School Garden Hui developed and reported on a 2012 Statewide School Garden Survey.
    • YEARLY Safety and Wellness Survey (SAWS)monitors implementation of the of  HiDOE’s Wellness Guidelines, jointly administered by Department of Health’s School Health Program and HiDOE.  The SAWS captures basic school garden data and is completed by public school principals in furtherance of the Hawai’i Physical Activity & Nutrition Plan’s Objective 12.
    • COMPREHENSIVE F2S COMPONENTS:  In 2015 the USDA completed a Farm to School Census, reporting that Hawaii F2S Metricsshowed 9 districts participating in F2S activities.  I’ve been in discussions with USDA leads to discuss how the USDA census did not accurately capture the dynamic F2S programs operating in our State, and how we may be able to better capture relevant identifiers.  For example, HiDOE reported that “No farm to school activities were going on,” which fed-into USDA’s conclusion that 47% of Hawaii Schools surveyed engaged in F2S activities.  We will continue to work with USDA on their census metrics, noting that USDA just announced that their next census is expected to roll-out in 2019.
  3. IMPLEMENTATION PLAN:  We are implementing a census to capture information about every school (ECE, private, home, public charter, & HiDOE schools), and need to be sure every school is counted.  For schools who do not submit their own survey, we will assign values of basic information that can be gleaned through other available reports (i.e. school garden reports, program reports, student info. through HiDOE reports, and food purchase info. through HiDOE-HCNP reports).