According to Kauai’s The Garden Island newspaper, pre-schoolers attending The Koloa Early School recently visited The Upcountry Farm at Kukui’ula to learn how to germinate seeds, plant seedlings and harvest crops in the year-round temperate climate of South Shore Kauai.
Kukui’ula’s Successful Farm-to-Table System – From Seed Starts to Delicious Dinner
“What a unique opportunity for the young children of the island to see plant life cycles in action, from seed to sprout to flower to fruit,” said teacher Siobhan Thielen. “This complements what we are learning about in our school, using our five senses.”
The pre-schoolers were guided around the property pointing out breadfruit and banana trees, as well as exploring the one-acre vegetable farm, with large labels identifying the vegetables and herbs.
Parents also benefited by better understanding the process involved from starting seeds at the Upcountry Farm to eating meals prepared from the harvest at the Plantation House at the Club at Kukui’ula.
“It’s about sustainability and knowing the whole farm-to-table process being able to have this farm a half-mile from the kitchen,” said Kukui’ula farmer Josh McDonald. “It’s special, we know what we’re planting, we know what we’re growing, and we know exactly where it’s coming from. And the chef does too.”