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        By Damian McPherson, Parent Grand Prize Contest Winner, ʻohana of Kalaʻi Bailey

        The Pūʻōhala Going Green project is focused around connecting the students with native Hawaiian plants and sustainable organic gardening. The creation of this garden will help perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and language through hands-on learning, and interacting with their environment. Incorporating an organic garden will help encourage students, teachers, and parents to grow healthier minds and bodies. These native plants, many are endangered, will help create a better sense of place throughout our campus so that students can visually and physically relate to Hawaiian moʻolelo that speaks of these various plants and history of our environment and culture of the Hawaiian Islands. It is essential for all of us to get our hands in the soil and learn where our food comes from. Many of us today don’t know how to grow our own food and sustainability is a growing topic of discussion in the world and in our islands. The success and installation of this garden is heavily dependent on volunteers, parents and students including the creation of a Pūʻōhala Garden Hui to continue to maintain and expand this project. The budget is $2,000 and I've mostly budgeted this for plants, seeds and soil, the labor will be strictly by volunteer basis.

        For most of the native plants we can purchase from Hui Kū Maoli Ola native Hawaiian plant nursery conveniently located in Kāneʻohe. Previously I have also had plants donated from them so this might be an option to keep our budget low. Other fruit trees can be purchased from Frankieʻs Nursery in Waimānalo. I am also willing to donate huli, and banana keiki from my farm which will keep costs low. I think it would also be great to put a call out to all parents for donations of wood for the grow boxes, screws, plants and other materials to keep our budget low and help spark interest within the community.
        All the mulch can be donated form various tree trimming companies. The mulch helps to keep mud at a minimal and also helps for water retention, prevents soil erosion and eventually turns into viable soil that we can use in the gardens. Most of the plants are strategically placed so that they may enjoy the optimum conditions for growth. Areas that have abundance of water from roof will have more wetland type of plants and other areas with sun and dryer conditions will have plants that enjoy that type of conditions. It would also be very important to start a composting program in which we can implement various methods of composting which would reduce the wet waste from the cafeteria and also educate the students about waste management and soil structure. This is very important for the longevity of this program so that we can maintain the gardens and plants with very minimal outside inputs and resources.

        Native plants: $400 Soil: $300-$400
        Compost: $200 Fruit Trees: $600
        Seeds: $200-$300 Tools: $300
        Wood: Free pallets Mulch: Free from tree trimmers

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