HONOLULU — Dozens of local farmers had a unique opportunity to showcase their produce and goods at a “Farm to School Information Session and Mixer.” While sharing information about their products and farm, farmers learned how they can become a qualified vendor and increase their supplies with the State. Additionally, those in the agriculture community had a chance to connect with the Department of Education’s food service branch.
The Farm to School Information Session and Mixer was organized by the Farm to School Initiative. The event was hosted by the Office of the Lt. Governor, State Department of Agriculture, the Kohala Center and the Hawaii Farm Bureau.
Spearheaded by Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui, The goal of the Farm to School Initiative is to address the supply and demand issues surrounding the purchasing of local food for our school cafeterias. The Initiative aims to systematically increase State purchasing of local food for our school menus as well as connect our keiki with their food through the use of products from the local agricultural community.
Across the nation, farm to school programs are reconnecting students to a better understanding of the food system and where their food comes from. Farm to school programs introduce students to healthier eating habits and help them become familiar with new vegetables and fruits that they and their families will then be more willing to incorporate into their own diets.