A series of three youth gardening workshops will be held on the following Saturdays: Sept. 15 at Maui Preparatory Academy, 4910 Honoapiilani Highway in Lahaina; Sept. 22 at Carden Academy, 55 Makaena Place in Makawao; and Sept. 29 at Kihei Elementary School, 200 East Lipoa St. in Kihei.
The workshops will begin with registration at 8 a.m and will end at 1:30 p.m. There will also be an optional post-workshop session with hands-on activities from 2 to 3 p.m. Advance registration is required for the post-workshop session.
The workshops are an opportunity to network with other Hawaii schools and organizations involved in the youth gardening movement. Workshops are open to anyone 18 and older, groups, organizations, churches, volunteers and schools who are currently involved in or are interested in youth or school gardening programs.
Hokuao Pellegrino gives 4th-grade students a lesson on kalo history, harvesting and propagation during Hawaiian studies workshops at the Kihei Elementary School garden.
The workshops will feature hands-on activities and include some of the following topics: recruiting volunteers for school gardens, building a healthy school garden from the ground up, aquaponics, growing micro-greens, building healthy soils, permaculture and more. There will also be food demonstrations by area chefs.
The youth gardening workshops are co-sponsored by Maui organizations including Home Gardening Support Network, Maui School Garden Network, Community Workday and Grow Some Good.
Cost of the workshop is $25 if registered by Friday; or $35 after that date. Deadline to register is Sept. 10. Cost includes lunch.