HIP Ag's Support for the Garden to Cafeteria Program
In 2020 when the pandemic hit, Kohala Complex paused farm to school purchasing. HIP Ag was able to support continued operation of the Garden to Cafeteria program keeping some fresh produce moving into the cafeteria. Since state special funds for F2S had dried up, we were encouraged to pursue Department of Defense vendor status. And we were told a Kohala specific RFP would be offered allowing us to bid on all the fresh fruits and vegetables going to the school complex.
Collaborating with Principals and the West Hawaii Superintendent
Currently HIP Ag is working with all three principals and West Hawaii Superintendent to support, relaunch and invigorate the F2S program and educational offering for students. Goals include development of a Kohala specific menu that meets USDA guidelines, is super delicious, and features the crops that Kohala grows best. Working with DOE to set up new methods of procurement that allow for food hubs and local farm to supply DOE, and innovative F2S educational programs that connect school curriculum to local agriculture opportunities.