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Student farmers learn hard lessons on theft

By Christine Donnelly

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 27, 2013

~~<p>Lettuce, bananas and other fruits and vegetables lovingly tended by schoolchildren in campus gardens also can be ripe targets for passersby who &quot;help themselves,&quot; as well as for more malicious thieves and vandals. Schools should openly address such incidents as they occur, officials say, so students can be part of positive solutions.</p>
<p>At least 40 percent of the public, charter and independent schools in Hawaii have campus gardens, according to a 2012 survey conducted by the Hawai&lsquo;i Farm to School and School Garden Hui. The 168 gardens sit on a total 30 acres of land, engaging 21,577 students and 830 teachers in outdoor learning environments that connect children to the land, encourage self-reliance and provide living laboratories for science, math and other lessons. Some of the gardens also serve as oases of peace, meant to nurture friendship and positive peer relations.</p>
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Lettuce, bananas and other fruits and vegetables lovingly tended by schoolchildren in campus gardens also can be ripe targets for passersby who "help themselves," as well as for more malicious thieves and vandals. Schools should openly address such incidents as they occur, officials say, so students can be part of positive solutions.

At least 40 percent of the public, charter and independent schools in Hawaii have campus gardens, according to a 2012 survey conducted by the Hawai‘i Farm to School and School Garden Hui. The 168 gardens sit on a total 30 acres of land, engaging 21,577 students and 830 teachers in outdoor learning environments that connect children to the land, encourage self-reliance and provide living laboratories for science, math and other lessons. Some of the gardens also serve as oases of peace, meant to nurture friendship and positive peer relations. Login for more...



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