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July 2014 Newsletter
Last month's Open House event on June 21st was a huge success! Many community members turned out during the 2 hour event to tour the garden, inquire about becoming a member, volunteer, share food, and receive hibiscus, papaya, and avocado starts. One group generously offered to come back to volunteer to prune the orchard. Educational books were available to read while on a variety of topics from composting to getting the most produce out of a small garden space Cash donations were also received during the event to benefit the garden's general funds for program supplies.
The open house was aimed at our mission of building community around food self-sufficiency.
Nature's Path Organic Foods
Through efforts to advance sustainable agriculture and food self-sufficiency, Hali'imaile Community Garden was a proud winner of Nature’s Path Organic Foods’ fourth annual Gardens for Good Grant. The program helps support organic community gardens. The grant will aid Hali'imaile Community Garden to build a sustainable agricultural community around food self-sufficiency.
Founded in 1985, Nature’s Path Organic Foods is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia and employs 490 people at its four facilities in Canada and the United States. The privately held, family-owned company produces breakfast foods and snacks sold in specialty foods stores and retailers in 40 countries around the world. The company’s innovative brands include Nature’s Path®, Love Crunch, Qi’a, Que Pasa, Flax Plus, EnviroKidz®, and Optimum®.
The mission of Hali’imaile Community Garden, founded in 2006, is to build community around food self-sufficiency. To many in the community, Hali’imaile Community Garden is an important resource for physical, material and mental health that improves their quality of life.
“Not only are these organizations providing organic food for communities that need it most, but they are also creating major positive changes in their area from the ground up,” said Arran Stephens, President and Founder of Nature’s Path, about the grant winners. “It is a privilege to be able to help each of these organizations and support their leaders to create a better and socially responsible community.”
The first expenditure phase of this grant has enabled Hali'imaile Community Garden to purchase tools and supplies for participation in the garden program and Goodwill Garden. Among them, the shed now houses new sickles, pruning sheers, a fruit picker, spades, a tree saw/pruner, a sturdy digging fork, buckets, trash receptacles, lighting, security and safety equipment, and many more supplies.
Hali'imaile Community Garden would like to thank Nature's Path for their generosity!
Abby Prock Takes On Goodwill Gardening
Abby Prock joined Hali'imaile Community Garden in February of 2014 after volunteering at Mulch Mania at the UH Maui College in January. Abby has since created a beautiful growing space in her garden plot and now volunteers her time to give back to the hungry on Maui.
Here in Hawaii, over 14% of households experience food insecurity and deprivation and seek assistance from the Hawaii Foodbank network, including 18,600 Maui residents. This is a 39% increase over 2006 figures. Statistics show that one out of seven people in the world go to bed hungry. The Goodwill Garden was established in April of 2013 and is a dedicated space where produce is grown specifically for making weekly donations to Hale Kau Kau and the Maui Foodbank, organizations that feed the hungry.
Many hands make light work of providing fresher, more nutritious food to those in the community that need it most. Since the Goodwill Garden was established last April, the garden has provided several hundred pounds of fresh produce each month to help feed the hungry.
Abby harvests and delivers produce to both the Maui Foodbank and Hale Kau Kau on a regular schedule.
In addition to gardening and volunteering, Abby also enjoys hiking, travel, and beach time.
July Events & Service Projects
Community Area Weed & Trim, Tuesday, July 8th, 12 pm - 3pm
Join Volkan and Lori to provide some TLC to the bamboo circle, native & more garden, and herb gardens. We'll be weeding, pruning, and mulching, as well as cutting a clean edge around the rock border of the bamboo circle similar to the recently completed native & more bed edges. We will also be adding manure to the compost pile and closing it to cook. Bring your favorite hand tools and a beverage or cool snack to share.
Plot Maintenance, Monday, July 21st 4pm - 7pm
Join Kevin & Lori to work as a team to maintain vacant plots. We'll be weeding paths between plots, bush whacking plots, and replacing old tarps in the cooler hours of the late afternoon after work. Bring your favorite hand tools and, if you'd like, something to eat to tide us over until dinner.
Lemon Balm Tea by Karen Peterson
This month's featured recipe from Hawaii's Grown Your Own Cookbook by Hali'imaile Community Garden is Lemon Balm Tea. It is a simple and relaxing tea.
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 10 min
1. Remove the leaves from the lemon balm sprigs.
2. Loosely fill a 1 quart pot with the lemon balm leaves.
3. Add water.
4. Bring to a boil.
5. Remove from heat and let steep 5 - 10 minutes.
6. Strain into 2 mugs.
7. Add honey or other sweetener to taste (optional).
8. Serve immediately.
To obtain a copy of the cookbook, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase direct or go to https://www.createspace.com/4277366 to purchase online. All cookbook fundraiser proceeds benefit Hali'imaile Community Garden, a tax exempt public charity under Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).
Naupaka Kuahiwi by Allison Borell
Hawaiian Name: Naupaka kuahiwi
Botanical Name: Scaevola Chamissoniana
Where Found: Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, Maui, Hawai‘i
Photo courtesy of Allison Borell
There are six upland species of Naupaka kuahiwi which means “naupaka of the mountains” as it grows at elevations over 1000ft usually in a wet forest. This plant can be used in landscapes as an accent or hedge. This is a relative to the indigenous native beach Naupaka (Scaecola taccada) that is common near ocean edges. There is a Hawaiian legend where two lovers were separated to the mountain and sea and these two plants, one being found at the ocean and the other on the mountain, have their “half flowers” that represent their separation.
Fundraising Committee Seeking New Members
The garden council is looking for individuals with a vision for fund-raising ideas to fill positions of importance as fundraising committee members. Committee members attend monthly committee meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and help to develop fundraising ideas and follow-through on fundraising initiatives. Experience and membership are not required, though serving in this position satisfies all community work participation requirements for garden members.
The time commitment is 1 - 3 hours per month, with greater time commitment around fundraising initiatives. This is a great way to become more involved with the garden and to get to know some garden members, and learn about non-profit financing.
Please contact the garden council at email@example.com or 415-480-GROW (4769) for more information.
Call For Volunteers
Hali'imaile Community Garden Needs Your Help
Are you interested in volunteering at Hali'imaile Community Garden? It is a beautiful place to be and a place where you can really make a difference. Individuals and groups interested in becoming volunteers should complete a volunteer application and plan to attend an orientation session to receive a tour of the garden and learn about the various opportunities available to volunteers. For more information and a volunteer application form: http://www.haliimailegarden.com/volunteer.html
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Plots Now Available
Plots are now available for new members interested in gardening with us. Plots are 10' x 20'. Membership dues are an affordable $100 per year plus 1 service project per quarter. For more information, see http://www.haliimailegarden.com/join.html. To inquire about membership, submit a contact for at http://www.haliimailegarden.com/contact.html.
Talk to Us
The Garden Council is Listening
The garden council provides active management of the garden and is always available for your questions, concerns, ideas, visions for the garden, and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Councilmembers Kevin, Lori, and Volkan all receive and read the incoming mails at this address. We do our best to respond quickly.
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