Aloha Gardens

Mission Statement:
To make healthy foods accessible and affordable in the community through education and permaculture. 

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Sustainable Nutrition for Families

Growing hope and nurturing solutions

The challenges that we face as a nation are piling up. Issues such as economic instability, access to fresh produce due to food deserts, food supply shortages, and the demands of every day life make it difficult for families to get the nutrition they need.

 

Our solution addressing these issues: make growing fresh produce accessible with education and outreach. 

 

Microgreens, a type of vegetable that takes between 7-10 days to harvest after planting. They are fast growing, economical when cultivated, nutritious,  and they grow well indoors when given enough sunlight and ventilation - even on a small countertop!

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Community Outreach

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Aloha Gardens received grant funding from St. Petersburg College in Florida to conduct a community service project for the annual MLK Day of Service award. The title of our project was called “The Learning Sprout”. With the funding, we provided on-site educational workshops in 2020 to approximately 300 St. Petersburg residents at numerous location throughout the city such as:

 ~ Midtown Miracles Martial Arts group ~ The Sunshine Center (Senior center)

~ Great Explorations Children’s Museum ~ Northeast Park Preschool ~ Harbor’s Edge (Senior housing)

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Virtual Courses

Going the distance and connecting through technology

 

Thanks to the support of the St. Pete Timebank, we received funding in 2020 to launch our Virtual Learning Sprout workshop.  Participants tuned in via Zoom to receive education on how to grow sprouts with the help of their ready to go Microgreens Kits.

 

From the convenience of their homes, everyone was able to plant and grow microgreens! A cherry smoothie recipe with microgreens was made to top off the virtual class. Participants are always encouraged to get creative and add microgreens to their favorite recipes.

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Call to Action

Support Our Cause

Your generous support will give thousands of youth the opportunity to grow, harvest and sample freshly grown produce, while fostering values such as nurturing, sharing and environmental stewardship.

We are actively seeking grants and donations to help us reach our goal of making the Everyday Hero Project Hub an agricultural learning center. We are almost there! With a large variety fruit trees, root crops, annual vegetables and grains already established, we aim to improve our greenhouse spaces, mulch producing capacity, worm farm and covered spaces for  seating and tables. Please contact us if you have resources or information that can help make this dream come true!

Bring our Program to You

The Microgreen STEAM Workshop is a great way to have fun and get your group planting food. Each participant receives a microgreen kit containing a tray, soil and seeds. These kits are planted the day of the workshop and then taken home for participants to complete the growing process indoors near a window where they will have enough light and protection from animals. In 7- 10 days, the microgreens will be ready to harvest. After washing, they can be eaten as a side salad, topping on food or addition to smoothies.   

Microgreens STEAM Workshop packages:

● Basic package: (1 hr) Includes- Microgreen kits (tray, soil, seeds) and instructor fee  ….......................................................Small $ 8.00 / ea                                                                                                                                                   .……………………………………..Large $ 10.00 / ea

 

● Complete Package: (2 hrs) Includes- Microgreen kit (tray, soil, seeds), fruit smoothie with fresh microgreens and instructor fee                                                                                                                                                                  ………………………………………Small $ 10.00 / ea

                                                                                                                                                ....……………………………………Large $ 12.00 / ea

Contact

Chiyaka Robinson, Program Director

808.854.4179 / AlohaGardensTeam@gmail.com