HANALEI — Three free workshops on food safety and spoilage are being offered around the island as a part of a statewide effort to promote safe and healthy local food in schools.
The three-hour workshops will be led by Dr. Kathryn Fiedler of University of Hawaii’s Cooperative Extension Service and Tuula Perry, Village Harvest Program AmeriCorps VISTA Member.
The workshops are designed for school garden educators, school food service and food pantry personnel, Kauai Master Gardeners, gleaners, and others involved in the harvesting and distribution of local produce.
“With the popularity of our gleaning program, the growth of school gardens on island, and our upcoming Kauai farm-to-school pilots, the timing couldn’t be better to bring everyone in the supply chain up to speed on best practices,” said Tuula Perry, Malama Kauai’s Village Harvest program manager.
The workshops scheduled include:
• Monday, Feb. 6, 4 to 7 p.m., Hanalei School
• Tuesday, Feb. 14, 3 to 6 p.m., Waimea Neighborhood Center
• Thursday, Feb. 23, 4 to 7 p.m., Lihue Public Library
The workshops compliment a new resource, “How Does Your School Garden Grow?” which was developed by the Hawaii Farm to School and School Garden Hui, of which Malama Kauai is the Kauai representative.
The workshops will also provide information on the Village Harvest gleaning program, a partnership between Malama Kauai and Kauai Master Gardeners which has harvested and delivered over 33,000 pounds of produce to food banks, schools and afterschool programs since its inception utilizing volunteers and donors across the island.
Those interested should RSVP online at malamakauai.org or call Perry at 828-0685, ext. 20.