On May 18, 2009 LEAF and IHS, the Institute for Human Services along with 1st Look Exteriors and Green Living Technology dedicated a vertical wall keiki garden. His Honor the Mayor, Board members of IHS and LEAF, donors, media and special guests attended.
Greg Lee, CEO 1st Look Exteriors & Connie Mitchell, IHS Executive Director
Since the dedication, harvests are underway on a weekly basis with LEAF gardener, Kavi, a native Hawaiian healer and lover of plants. The harvest provides the IHS kitchen fresh from the garden food choices to increase the flavor and nutrition of its daily meals for their guests.
Kavi checking health of plants
Julie with harvest
LEAF provided the keiki with an instructional cooking demo with guest chef partner, Gokul, of Govinda’s Vegetarian Cuisine.
Chef Gokul of Govinda’s
Dayna, LEAF Board member, & Chef Gokul
Here are some of the items harvested so far from the vertical wall:
Malabar Spinach Kale Okra Cucumbers Basil Mint Dill Stevia plant Peppers
Presently we are eagerly anticipating harvesting the tomatoes and eggplant in the days and weeks to come. Gordon Ortiz, IHS Director of Facilities and Operation holding a cucumber from the wall garden
Juliane and Ellen visit the IHS vertical wall
The IHS Keiki garden is a partner project that involves many hands working together to help facilitate a healthy food source for the shelter. The Green House is another LEAF Project partner who are providing an educational curriculum on sustainable living for the keiki on a daily basis.