Hawaiʻi Institute of Pacific Agriculture

Aina Fest 2017


FIELD TRIPS


Our field trip program provides students the opportunity to explore Hawaii’s natural environment while learning about where our food comes from.

FARM TOUR

FARM TOUR

Students will enjoy a walking tour of our farm where they will learn about:

  • Home gardening
  • Traditional Hawaiian and polynesian plants
  • Natural ecosystems and land stewardship
  • Animal care for ducks, chickens, and cows
  • Preparation of fresh, healthy and delicious foods
WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOPS

Hands on workshops include:

  • Planting in the nursery and the garden
  • Building compost
  • Identification and propagation of traditional hawaiian and polynesian crops
  • Field trips are intended for students K-12, workshops and activities are flexible and can be formatted to meet the interests and learning objectives of students.

"Loved the variety of activities on the farm tour, impressed by how much was fit into the short time frame. Especially loved working in the lo'i, husking coconuts, and helping to peel cassava. Dialogue of food sovereignty and food justice was so appropriate for our older students. Also, really appreciated the impeccable timing!"

Teacher Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School

FIELD TRIP CURRICULUM

K-5

Students will get the exciting opportunity to explore our living farm campus where they will discover new plants, animals, and insects they may not have known were in Hawai’i. We will provide fun learning opportunities for students to develop a deeper connection with the ‘aina and an appreciation of where and how locally grown food is produced. The keiki will get to use their hands in fun learning modules that connect basic knowledge back to their roots in the garden.

6-8

A full day immersion at HIP Agriculture is a day that will be remembered by middle school students. What would it be like to live in a village and survive entirely off of the land as our ancestors did? Our team of facilitators will take students through a series of dynamic workshops that will help youth to make life-long learning connections. Hands on workshops like indigenous plant propagation, the science of soil, mathematics of selling foods and more are sure to inspire students to think more creatively about how to live in Hawaii sustainably. Together we will work the land, harvest the food, prepare a meal, and share the abundance we have created together.

Areas of Learning:

  1. Healthy Lifestyle + Physical activity
  2. Science, Technology, and Community
    • Sciences: science based inquiries utilizing tactile observation skills, soil observations, and organism/animal behavior
    • Mathematics: farm size calculations with yields and inputs.
    • Community: Introducing healthful foods through the traditions and arts of different cultures, land based eating, cultural recognition through language and farming practices.
  3. Interdependence + Cycles of Energy
  4. Cultural Dynamics

"Thank you so much for THE BEST FIELD TRIP EVER! Your staff, grounds & activities...it was truly the best possible experience for our third graders, especially on the last day of school! Thank you so much! We look forward to coming next year, hopefully more than once. Mahalo Nui Loa!!!"

Teacher, Kohala Elementary School

9-12

High School age students will become fully engaged in our dynamic 1/2 day or full day program on what it means to be a leader in the face of a great environmental crisis. They will learn important practical life skills which include healthy eating and nutrition, food preparation, home/kitchen gardens, food security, sustainable agriculture study/apprenticeship, career opportunities, self-sufficiency and more. We are also available for multi-grade assembly presentations.

Areas of Learning:

  1. Healthy Lifestyle + Physical activity
  2. Science, Technology, and Community
    • Sciences: science based inquiries utilizing tactile observation skills, soil observations, and organism/animal behavior
    • Mathematics: farm size calculations with yields and inputs.
    • Community: Introducing healthful foods through the traditions and arts of different cultures, land based eating, cultural recognition through language and farming practices.
  3. Interdependence + Cycles of Energy
  4. Cultural Dynamics

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Inquire today for a farm field trip or agricultural workshop

To practice and teach ecologically conscious agriculture, empowering individuals and communities to cultivate alternative systems of living that restore human and environmental health.

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