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LEAF Project Hawaii is a community-based ‘green’ nonprofit organization, which aims to create Food Systems that connect at-risk populations with affordable, nutritious food, and enable them to grow their own food wherever possible. As you visit us here, please ask yourself, what part can I play to help free my community from hunger and poverty?
If you know of some vacant land that could serve as a community garden or some available farmland, please let us know. If you are also an experienced gardener or farmer join our “Aina Corps” training team. We look forward to hearing from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
LEAF Project Volunteers Needed email@example.com
Currently we need experienced gardeners, administrative, and fundraising experts who really want to make a big difference. The homeless and low-income population’s food problem is best solved by creating community gardens and partnering with farmers on land where they can be trained to grow food. If you have special areas of expertise and would like to help be part of this wonderful initiative, contact us with your qualifications and particular interest at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you very much!
If you would like, please join our Team, where you can bring your unique talents and interests and be engaged in hands-on project s and /or policy-related activities. So please join if you want to really get involved in creating healthy food systems for all, one garden, one farm at a time!
“Solving hunger and poverty one garden,
one farm, one ahupua’a at a time”
LEAF stands for Laulima Eco-friendly Alliance of Farms. Laulima is a Hawaiian word that means collective hands working together or cooperation. In this spirit of cooperation LEAF strives to connect communities with the aina’s (land’s) abundant wealth of natural resources and natural beauty in order to alleviate poverty.
LEAF is committed to create model self-sufficient communiities in Hawaii where at-risk populations are empowered through gardening and farming the land to guarantee food security and general well-being for everyone.
LEAF aims to introduce youth and families at risk, as well as ’working homeless’ to ecologically-minded gardening and farming to the end that they get proper nourishment, and also earn a living wage.
LEAF also serves the still active elderly as kupuna/ teachers or engages them in some aspect of growing as horticulture therapy.
LEAF’s aim is to use natural and healthy organic methods to reduce poverty and hunger with one green stroke.
There are several model projects LEAF emulates, diverse, yet similar in focus and values.
Hartford Food System in Connecticut . HFS directs its efforts at four major food system components: production, distribution, education and training, and public policy.
Homeless Garden has been recognized as a MODEL PROGRAM by World Hunger Year, a leader in the fight against hunger and poverty.
Lettuce Links is an urban agricultural project that provides fresh, organic produce, vegetable seeds, and gardening information to low income families throughout Seattle.
One other inspiring model is called Putting Down Roots, which employs homeless, by developing their gardening skills, whereby they create beautiful green spaces all over the city!
See this Homeless Gardeners video for an example of this style of project in London.
Other LEAF models, include Kaala Farms and Key Project on Oahu and Waipa Foundation on Kauai , all of which are excellent samples of Native Hawaiian Cultural Learning Centers and proper care of their ahupua’a.
“Where there is land, seed, sunshine, water, and compassion, there is the ability to grow food.This simple solution is just waiting to become a reality. What is the difficulty? The splendor of a seed sprouting into delicious life-sustaining food, is nothing short of a miracle, and that miracle must be shared with everyone, if we can even be considered compassionate human beings. It is very sad to see nations fighting over land rights, oil rights, and now over seed rights. This senseless quarelling must stop, and progressive visionaries must come together, laulima, and plant and cultivate seeds of hope, love and trust for the benefit of every living creature, for the survival of the earth.” D.A. Santistevan
Contact us today and become part of the soul, in soul-ution!
The support of the community will always be our biggest asset as we grow in strength and assets as a contributor to a stronger healthier agriculturally-rich society, at the same time serving our at-risk population.
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