Malia Crowell, Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation's Education Programs Manager, debuted the Veggie U Hawai‘i program in an exclusive interview with Ron Mizutani on KHON2 Wake Up 2Day show during Ron's Keiki Talk. To see the full interview visit: KHON2: HANDS-ON PROGRAM INTRODUCES STUDENTS TO AGRICULTURE.
COMMENTARY FROM KHON2:
Beginning in 2014, the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation was able to offer an exciting and hands-on agricultural program to fourth grade public school teachers statewide.
Veggie U is a 5-unit, 25-lesson curriculum that provides students with a seed to growing to harvesting experience through rigorous lessons that encompasses multiple content areas such as science, health, math, reading, writing, and social studies.
One of Hawaii Agricultural Foundation’s goals is to expose students to agricultural related careers at a young age. With so few farmers remaining in Hawaii, in addition to an aging farmer population, it is essential to expose and encourage the next generation of keiki to pursue agricultural-related careers to sustain our island’s agricultural industry.
Veggie U allows students to experience agriculture at a young age, which is a critical time in their lives to develop their interests and passions. The Hawaii Agricultural Foundation’s education programs expose students to the various careers that apply to agriculture such as business, marketing, technology, and engineering, rather than just simply seeing it as dirt and a hole in the ground.
The Veggie U kits and curriculum are provided free of charge to public school fourth grade classes. The program is also offered at $550 per class for private school fourth grade classes. If a teacher is interested, they can sign up at www.hawaiiagfoundation.org website.