Gardens, guacamole, more at student-hosted Hawaiʻi ʻāina, Earth Day celebration

Families and community members celebrated and honored Hawaii Earth and Earth Day 2022 at a free event on Saturday, April 30 at the University of Hawaii at the Magoon Research Center in Mānoa organized by students, with the help of faculty and staff. About 93 people, many of them keiki, enjoyed Earth Day-themed family activities, including plant and nutrition education, participatory cooking, food, garden tour, garden photography, rock/garden panel painting and Ikebana flower arranging. Families also received seeds and gardening lessons to take home.

people smile with their plants

The event was sponsored by the Home Garden Network of the uh Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) in partnership with the Family Education Training Center of Hawaii (FETCH) and O’ahu Master Gardener Program, and held in Hale Tuahine.

“It was great to see so many families and the community come out and celebrate Earth Day with gardening, art, sustainability, healthy eating and nutrition,” said uh Student Manoa Linda Lau, a Home Garden Network student intern and event organizer with fellow intern Jan Lawrence. “Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Earth Day event! It was definitely, ` Nominal food! `

The Home Garden Network is a community-based program hosted by the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) founded in 2018, composed of uh Teachers and intern students from Mānoa and local family volunteers. It was created to address relevant local and global issues on food systems, sustainability, environment and health.

Although the event is over, the donations collected that day continue. They are used to purchase worm kits and gardening supplies that will help families and Home Garden Network participants learn composting techniques and practices to improve the sustainability of their home gardens and inspire others to get started. their own home gardens.

people paint outside
smiling children with food

“It was a huge success, especially seeing the smiles on the faces of the families as the children painted rock and garden signs, arranged flowers, listened to advice on healthy eating and how to read nutrition labels and savored the delicious meals prepared by our student volunteers and families,” said the assistant professor of family and consumer sciences. Sothy Engfounder of the Home Garden Network.

One of the most popular foods was chicken fajitas, quesadillas and guacamole made by students Sheina Marie Kekoa, member of the organizing committee. She started cooking at 3 a.m. on the day of the event to make sure everything was fresh for everyone in attendance.

This event is an example of uh Mānoa’s goal of improving student achievement (PDF) and Building a Sustainable and Resilient Campus Environment: Part of the Global Movement for Sustainability and Climate Resilience (PDF), two of the four objectives defined in the Strategic Plan 2015-2025 (PDF), updated December 2020.

Chicken fajitas

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