The cooks at the Kohala Complex took at farm trip to HIP Agriculture in Kapaau to connect with the farm that grow their food. HIP Agriculture provides Kohala Complex’s kitchen with bananas, navel oranges, papaya, tangerines, and tangelos for the school meal program.
Seeing the land and touching the soil, learning about farming, and tasting food that is created from the farm is fundamental for cooks. It creates an emotional connection with food that goes beyond appreciating their flavor. Seeing the hard work farmers put into growing the crops fosters the cook’s desire in sourcing locally and using food products in ways that enhance their natural flavors.
HIP Agriculture cultivates a two-acre organic vegetable farm, fruit and medicine garden and a 15 acre orchard. It also operates as an educational site offering sustainable agriculture courses, youth programming, community workshops and events. Kohala Complex students visit this farm often, but it was the first time the school’s cooks have visited the farm.