CONNECTING TO HAWAIIAN HARVESTS
- Enjoy the bounty of Hawaii with growing, buying, & eating seasonal harvests!
Hawaiian Harvest of the Month (HHOM) is a NEW Farm to School (F2S) promotion & outreach program to connect in-season Hawaii-grown food to school cafeterias, student education activities, recipe development, and farmer outreach.
➢ HILIGHTING A CALENDAR OF HAWAIIAN HARVESTS
➢ IDENTIFYING SEASONAL MARKET OPPORTUNITIES – Hawaiian Harvests in excess supply on the market, prime for schools to take advantage of purchasing locally grown food at peak ripeness when a temporary excess supply discounts prices, quickly moving perishable produce into cafeterias before being wasted and losing all value. Each month highlights a Hawaiian-Grown Harvest of the Month while gathering and sharing
crop seasonality, producer information, recipes, and other resources with participating schools:
HAWAIIAN HARVEST OF THE MONTH 2018 CALENDAR*
* Subject to modifications based on seasonal availability and pricing
SEASONAL MARKET OPPORTUNITIES
HDOA will also be working to Identify seasonal Hawaiian Harvests in excess supply on the market, prime for schools to take advantage of purchasing locally grown food at peak ripeness when a temporary excess supply discounts prices, quickly moving perishable produce into cafeterias before being wasted and losing all value.
SIGN-UP to connect with HAWAIIAN HARVEST OF THE MONTH!
HAWAII HARVEST OF THE MONTH PROGRAM – highlights Hawaii-grown foods in Hawaii schools and communities. Each month, participating schools focus on promoting the locally grown food item of the month and other seasonal local foods by participating in one or more of
the following activities:
1. Purchasing the featured HHOM or other seasonal food to feature during the month;
2. Serving the featured HHOM for at least one meal or snack during the month;
3. Finding a local farmer growing the HHOM, and conducting a school-to-farm field trip or
asking a farmer or chef to visit the classroom;
4. Finding HHOM growing it in your school garden;
5. Offering taste tests to students;
6. Involving parents and community members (UH Master Gardeners, 4H, FFA, School Garden
Club, Local Restaurants, Local Chefs, Grocery Stores, etc.)
7. Teaching educational lessons and activities with HHOM (reference `Āina Program);
8. Entering favorite healthy recipes into the HHOM recipe database to share;
9. Displaying HHOM posters & sharing resources (HDOA HHOM Newsletter and Kōkua Hawaii
Foundation’s Hawaiian Harvest Resource Toolkit)
FIRST STEP: REGISTER AS A HHOM PARTICIPANT – Sign-up through THIS LINK
SCHOOLS: Hawaii schools register to participate and have access to monthly materials.
PRODUCERS: Farmers, Ranchers, Processors, Aggregators, and Distributors sign-up to be a potential vendor in HDOA’s NEW “Made & Grown with Aloha” Hawaii Agriculture & Food Products Database, and sign-up as a Hawaiian Harvest Producer
BUY LOCAL ISLAND FRESH HAWAIIAN HARVEST (Cafeteria managers, Parents, Teachers, and other people who enjoy fresh foods)
FIND HAWAIIAN HARVEST FARMERS through the NEW HAWAII AGRICULTURE & FOOD PRODUCTS DATABASE
December is Beef Month!
VIEW DECEMBER HAWAIIAN HARVEST NEWSLETTER HERE
Hawaiian Harvest Summer Art Contest Winners
The HI-F2S Program and partners hosted a Hawaiian Harvest Summer Art Contest, where students across Hawaii were invited to submit artwork on how they make F2S connections with Hawaiian Harvests. The public voted on Hawaiian Harvest Art Contest submissions during the 2017AG Conference, and the winners are…
Pre-K 1st Place: Malulani Bernal (Age 4, Montessori Community School)
Middle-school 1st Place: Lehua Osorio (8th Grade, The School for Examining Essential Questions of
Sustainability Middle School)