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Waimea school-community invited to harvest, cook, taste dishes by two chefs this Saturday at Mala’ai School Garden

To kick off a series of four workshops to inspire home gardens and cooking fresh, healthy meals, Mala’ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School is inviting Waimea school families and community friends to join two culinary experts – Chef Maria Peterson and Chef Dan Bobo – from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. this Sat., Feb. 23, in harvesting, cooking and tasting the fruits, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers grown by students in their ¾-acre outdoor “living” classroom.

The workshop is free, but an RSVP is requested by calling Alethea Lai, Mala’ai’s executive director, at 989-7861 or emailing: alethea@malaai.org.

This week’s program will begin in the school garden, selecting and harvesting fresh foods and gathering fresh eggs, then cooking something wonderful. The idea is to help home gardeners discover new ways to enjoy the fruits of their labors, and be inspired to expand their gardens, and also how to enjoy fresh produce that can be found at Waimea’s weekly farmers markets.

This is the first of four workshops made possible thanks to a Richard Smart Fund/Hawaii Community Foundation grant. Mala’ai workshop guests should bring weather protection for sun and wind and wear comfortable clothing. Gloves, tools for harvesting and cooking utensils and equipment will be provided.

Mala’ai school garden, now in its eighth year of working with Waimea Middle School 6th-8th graders, is a not-for-profit whose mission is to cultivate the relationship between students and the land through growing and sharing nourishing food in an outdoor living classroom. For information, call Lai at 989-7861 or go to www.Malaai.org.