HONOLULU — Dexter Kishida of the Hawaii Department of Education’s Food Services and Chef Greg Christian of Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners were panelists at the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation’s Eat, Think Drink event held at the Modern Honolulu. Both Kishida and Christian are part of the executive committee working on the Hawaii Farm to School Initiative’s Pilot Project. JuliAnna Arnett of the USDA Farm to School Program also served as a panelist. Folks who attended the event listened to a discussion about Hawaii’s Farm to School Pilot Project as well as other Farm to School Initiatives in the nation.
Spearheaded by Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE), the Hawaii Department of Agriculture and The Kohala Center are working collaboratively on the Farm to School Initiative’s Pilot Project. The Project began in the Kohala School Complex, located on Hawaii Island, in 2016.
The goal of the Farm to School Initiative is to address the supply and demand issues surrounding the purchasing of local food for our State school cafeterias. The Initiative also aims to systematically increase State purchasing of local food for our school menus as well as connect our keiki with the aina through their food, using products from the local agricultural community.