Agriculture in the Classroom reaches 1,500 2nd graders

Did you know the average Maui farmer is over 60 years old? Since 2006 concerns about the future of local agriculture have prompted the Maui County Farm Bureau and other local organizations to bring agriculture to our schools. MCFB Executive Director Warren K/ Watanabe says, “hands-on” agricultural education benefits young people and the larger community”.

During MCFB’s August 2012 – February 2013, 15 elementary schools representing more than 1,500 Maui 2nd graders participated its Agriculture in the Classroom in-class program. About a 1,000 of them enjoyed an educational field trip held March 7 & 8 at the Maui Tropical Plantation.

#2 AKL planting

The field trip allows students, teachers and chaperones to meet Maui farmers and ag educators. This year’s field trip included “Canoe Crops” with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources; “Daily Nutrition” with Maui Electric Company;  “Seed to Seed” by Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company; “Parts of a Plant” with Monsanto Hawaiʻi; “Planting a Lavender Sprig” with Aliʻi Kula Lavender; “Amazing Coconuts” with Coconut Wilie, and “Value-added Agriculture” with SoMoor. Maui Tropical Plantation provided a tram tour.

Canoe crops with College of Tropical Ag & Human Resources (CTAHR)For MCFB, its youth education program in grade school focuses on building awareness of where food comes from. In high school and college the emphasis shifts to career opportunities including plant and animal science, agricultural economics, human nutrition, and environmental stewardship.

In 2006 Maui County Farm Bureau launched Agriculture in the Classroom and it has been growing ever since. Designed as an eight-month series of in-class farmer presentations titled “Where Would We Be Without Seeds”, students learn about the life cycle of plants. AIC was developed for second-graders of any public, private, or charter school willing to participate. AIC will start again in August 2013 – March 2014.

Maui County Agricultural Festival Grand Taste Education Tickets Now On Sale!

Maui County Agricultural FestivalAt the root of who we are, each of us wants food that is fresh and flavorful. At Grand Taste Education, we taste food that is Grown on Maui. this year, 12 Maui farmers and ranchers pair with chefs to cook up a series of full-flavor edibles. This event will awaken your senses. Taste is a sense. Good taste is common sense and grows a sustainable Maui.

When:

Saturday, April 6, 2013
9:00 am – 4:00 pm  Maui County Agricultural Festival
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Grand Taste Education
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm  Live Chef Competition & Awards Presentation

Where:

Maui Tropical Plantation
1670 Honoapiilani Highway
Waikapu, HI 96793

Grand Taste Education is collaboration between Maui County Farm Bureau and Slow Food Maui. The mission of Maui County Farm Bureau is to protect, and advance the social, economic, and educational interests of the agricultural community of Maui County.
Maui County Ag Fest Farmers
We look forward to seeing you at the event! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Meet Bryan Otani

Bryan OtaniA fourth-generation farmer, the wisdom of Maui’s soil in his body and soul, Otani manages all farm operations as well as sales and marketing for 17 acres of upcountry Kula land, deeply aware of the value of a farmer’s work. “People want and need to eat locally grown fresh vegetables,” he says. “That’s enough to make agriculture a career and lifestyle choice.”

Brian supplies green beans, broccoli, red cabbage, and, foremost, famed Kula onions, which have an entire festival dedicated to their name and serve as a fine example of the impact of agriculture on the local economy. “We are not there yet,” Otani says. “I would like to see agriculture become a bigger part of the community as far as developmental plans are concerned.”

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Meet Farmer Walter Evonuk

Walter EvonukA third generation farmer, Walter Evonuk (and his wife Terry Chang) manages 30 acres of farmland in Kula, Maui. Both left their architecture careers in San Francisco to return to the family farm Walter’s parents, Edward and Joan Evonuk, started in 1975. Culinary herbs are the foundation of their operation, with over 25 different herbs under continuous cultivation. They also grow gourmet beans and lettuces.

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Chauncy Monden

Chauncy MondenChauncy Monden – A graduate from the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa, Monden could have chosen a fast-track job in finance, but turned to farming instead: In 1998, when his father retired, he took over the family farm as a fourth-generation farmer who held his first hoe at age five.

Monden and his wife, Teena, run Kula Country Farms inspired by a conscientious choice to raise their children in the country, enthused by a love for Maui’s land. Their vision transcends their 55 acres of juicy, sweet strawberries, onions, and cabbages. “One of the benefits of being a farmer,” Monden says, “is the gratification you feel when you produce a consistent product. But we farm also to ensure that we don’t lose agriculture, our farming legacy.”  Kula Country Farms hosts annual “pick it yourself” events, year round for strawberries and, in October, pumpkins. Its Farm Stand is open six days a week. Kula Country Farms.

Meet Tylun Pang

Chef Pang Maui

Maui County Farm Bureau’s 2012 Friend of Agriculture award recipient, Tylun Pang is also one of the founding members of Localicious, Dine Out Maui, a chefs’ initiative to support local ag and grow the next generation of farmers and rancher on Maui.

As Director of Food & Beverage and Executive Chef of The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, Chef Pang oversees banquet and catering operations, as well as the resort’s three restaurants including Kō plantation inspired cuisine, Luana Lounge and Caffe Ciao gourmet bakery and deli. Chef Pang began his career in 1974 and brings many years of experience to his position. He was presented The Mayor’s Award in Culinary Excellence for the County of Maui in 2005.  He currently serves on the advisory board of the Maui Community College Culinary Department.

Fortunate to be Hawai’i born, Chef Pang has grown up with many cultural influences. This diversity reflects in his style of cooking. The emphasis on using fresh fish and local ingredients from sustainable resources adds to a unique cuisine that nurtures the aloha spirit inside you.

 

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We can Kendama, can you?

Anyone who attends the upcoming “KOKUA AG: Growing Our Future Together” event on Sunday, May 18th is eligible to participate in this one-of-a-kind Kendama Dance Moves Contest.  Just bring your imagination and your dancing slippas!

There will be three competition categories: ages 1-11, 12-17 and 18-older. Everyone will be invited to participate. When the age category is called, everyone comes to the floor where participants will be judged on their moves.

Did you know there are over 50 Kendama moves – probably more by now? Show us your airplane, light house, lunar, jumping jack, bird, UFO, jumping stick, helicopter, eagle, ring, butterfly …. or create G-rated moves of your own. Remember this is a family-fun event. Check out this webpage for ideas http://wash.wsd.wednet.edu/faculty/mackenzie/counselor/KENDAMA_CLUB_files/Tricks%20%28from%20UK%29.pdf

Three winners (one per category) will receive a gift certificate to the kendama store, Kaleidoscope: ages 1-11 category wins a $50 gift certificate, ages 12-17 wins a $70 gift certificate, and 18 and older wins a $80 gift certificate. All dance contest participants are eligible to win a special prize – a  Mini iPad!

The “KOKUA AG: Growing Our Future Together” event, a benefit for the Maui County Farm Bureau, will be held at the Baldwin High School Gym from 11 am to 1 pm.

For more information on this Kendama Dance Moves Contest, call Alice Lee at 244-2119. Hope to see you there!

KOKUA AG benefits Maui farmers and ranchers

 “Growing our Future Together” theme of family-friendly event 

WAILUKU, Maui – GO Maui and the Maui County Farm Bureau will hold a family-friendly event promoting Maui agriculture on Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 11 am to 1 pm, at the Baldwin High School Gym. KOKUA AG “Growing Our Future Together” will feature local food, entertainment, games and educational displays about Maui’s farmers and ranchers.

Organized by community volunteers as a benefit for the Maui County Farm Bureau, KOKUA AG dovetails the farm bureau’s mission to educate and connect Maui’s ag community with the general public.

“Maui’s agricultural roots are so deeply entwined with our community, from our family connections to agriculture, to our daily connections to the foods we eat and enjoy every single day,” said Alice Lee, event chair and president of GO Maui. “KOKUA AG is a great way for the community to come together and celebrate all that Maui ag is today and all that it will be in the future.”

Event highlights will include taiko drummers, line dancers, games, prize drawings, a fun kendama dance contest, and great local foods by well-known families including Lilia Ross’ pork adobo, Buddy Nobriga’s stew and rice, and Tommy Lau Hee’s chicken hekka. Mary and Manuel Tunta will serve as emcees.

Admission tickets are $5 suggested donation each; children up to 12 years old are free. To obtain tickets, please contact Alice Lee at 808-244-2119. For more information, visit www.KokuaAg.com. Like KokuaAg on Facebook.

GO Maui is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicating to empowering local residents to obtain housing, educational opportunities and employment in a healthy environment and vibrant economy while respecting our diverse cultures. GO Maui engages and represents local residents on key initiatives and issues that affect Maui’s quality of life and champions for a cohesive community on Maui.

 

Grown on Maui Chefs’ Collaboration Dinner

John Jackson and Connie DeSousa of Calgary, Albertaʻs CHARCUT Roast House

John Jackson and Connie DeSousa of Calgary, Albertaʻs CHARCUT Roast House

A benefit for Maui agriculture, this special Chefsʻ Collaboration Dinner brings five Maui
chefs together with four chefs from Calgary, Alberta Thursday, April 3, 5:30 pm at Maui
Tropical Plantation.
Maui chefs include Sheldon Simeon of Migrant and Mala Wailea; Ryan Luckey of Leilaniʻs
on the Beach; Lyndon Honda of Laulima Events and Catering; Eric Faivre of Bistro Molokini
and Humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa at Grand Wailea; and Tylun Pango of Kō at The Fairmont
Kea Lani, Maui. From Calgary meet star chefs John Jackson and Connie DeSousa of
CHARCUT Roast House, Jessica Pelland of charbar Restaurant & Patio and Pierre Lamielle.
5:15 pm  Check in
5:30 pm  Reception with music by Reiko Fukino
6:45 pm  Dinner 
7:30 pm  Entertainment by Lehua Kalima and Shawn Pimental 
Free parking. No host bar. Weather permitting, outdoor seating otherwise event held indoors on luau
grounds.  Jacket or sweater recommended. No refunds. 
More information: Charlene@KauhaneInc.com

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Maui County Agricultural FestivalMaui County Agricultural Festival 

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Lūʻau Grounds at Maui Tropical Plantation
Maui County Agricultural Festival is scheduled from 9 am – 4 pm with the Grand Taste from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Grand Taste is a ticketed event. Tickets purchased, in advance, are $30 each (adults and children) or on-site on the day of the event for $35 (adults and children). Tickets are limited.

As in yearʻs past, Mauiʻs top locavore chefs present Grown on Maui produce, proteins and value-added agricultural products.

Grand Taste – Chefs and farmers will be announced in January 2015
* Schedule is subject to change based on farmers and chefs availability.
* Menu is subject to change based on availability of product due to weather and discretion of chef.  
* Ticket holder should print a receipt after purchasing tickets online and bring it Grand Taste  to redeem the Grand Taste ʻstamp cardʻ. 
* Ticket holders are allowed to get one taste from each farmer / chef station. 
* Ticket holders must arrive no later than 5:30 pm.  
$3.00 fee collected at the main entrance for Maui County Ag Festival; Free for Grand Taste ticket holders.
Free parking
Free entertainment
Free access to Grown on Maui Farmers Market, Grand Taste Education Chef Lecture Series, Value-added Tent, Keiki Zone, LIvestock Exhibit and more.

 

 

Chef Jamie Kennedy of Gilead Cafe in Toronto on Maui

Chef Jamie Kennedy
Chef Jamie Kennedy of Gilead Cafe in Toronto is on Maui April 9 through April 16 on a cultural chef exchange. Three consumer events are planned (see schedule of events). In addition, Chef Jamie will visit several farms to learn more about Maui agriculture and the islandʻs local food movement. The farms include The Breadfruit Institute at Kahanu Gardens, Hana Fresh Market, Kupaʻa Farm, Yeeʻs Orchard, and others. Chef Jamie will meet several Maui chefs including Perry Bateman of Mamaʻs Fish House, Jeff Scheer of Maui Executive Catering, Chris Spe ere of the Maui Culinary Academy, Craig Erickson of Nāpili Kai Beach Resort, James Simpliciano, and Lyndon Honda.

For over three decades Jamie Kennedy has been instrumental in shaping the culinary landscape in Canada. His innovative approach to gastronomy, commitment to sustainable agriculture and advocacy of local food have been unwavering. He uses his role as Chef to strengthen the vital links within Toronto’s community of artisans, farmers, wineries and fellow chefs, while providing his audience with an educational and nourishing demonstration of the bounty and excellence possible right in our own backyard.

Jamie has applied the slow food philosophy in every aspect of his acclaimed restaurants and his flourishing catering business. His seasonal methods of cooking and involvement with the local food movement continue to inspire progress in agricultural and gastronomical communities across Canada.

In 2010, Jamie was honored for his contributions with two major appointments; with Chef Michael Stadtländer, he was awarded for his leadership at the inaugural Governor General’s Award in Celebration of the Nation’s Table, and soon after he was appointed to the rank of Member of the Order of Canada.

Jamie’s headquarters and restaurant, Gilead, are located in historic Corktown. Jamie Kennedy Event Catering is based out of the beautiful Gardiner Museum, where one can also enjoy the Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner Café.  Windows by Jamie Kennedy, at the Sheraton on the Falls hotel in Niagara Falls, opened in February 2012.

Visit www.jamiekennedy.ca for more information, including a complete bio. Follow us on Twitter at #MauiAg.

Schedule of Maui Events:

  • “Lunch at The Leis Family Class Act Restaurant” - Friday, April 12, seatings at  11 am – 12:30 p.m. Maui Culinary Academy’s highly acclaimed fine-dining restaurant is a 75-seat facility with a breathtaking ocean view. At the center of this living classroom is the Exhibition Kitchen, where restaurant patrons can watch up-and-coming chefs as they deftly wield pots, pans, knives and spatulas to prepare cuisine that is unrivaled on Maui. Appetizers, salads, soups, entrees and desserts will highlight the Island’s freshest locally-grown produce. Tucked into the corner of the restaurant is a beautifully appointed 16-seat private dining room.
  • “Frites Stand at Upcountry Farmers Market” – Saturday, April 13, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. Meet chef Jamie Kennedy at the Upcountry Farmers Market. Jamie will prepare his signature ‘frites’ (french fries) from locally sourced Grown no Maui breadfruit, taro, and potatoes sourced from The Breadfruit Institute at Kahanu Gardens, Kupa’a Farm and Nohoʻana Farm. He will also feature Molokai Sweet Potato from L&R Farm. The Frites Stand is a benefit for Slow Food Maui, a member of Slow Food USA.  Chef Jamie Kennedy is a founding member of Slow Food Toronto. Jamieʻs Gilead Cafe is recognized for “best french fries in Toronto”.  Members of Slow Food Maui and chef Jeff Scheer of Maui Executive Catering in Haiku will be on hand to help Chef Jamie at the Frites Stand
  • “Chef Jamie Kennedy presents Grown on Maui Dinner at Merriman’s Kapalua” Four course meal prepared by chef Jamie Kennedy with support from chefs Peter Merriman and Ricky Sakoda of Merriman’s Kapalua, Jeff Scheer of Maui Executive Catering, Lyndon Honda and  students from the Maui Culinary Academy. This event is a benefit for the Maui County Farm Bureauʻs Grown on Maui program. $100 per person, four courses and passed hors dʻoeuvres. Cocktails/Wine charged separately.   5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Limited to 70 guests. Call 808-669-6400 for reservations.