Growing learning with garden

FIRST PHOTO: Kahului Elementary School 1st-grader Ethan Fillinger, 6, helps Grow Some Good coordinator Kirk Surry plant a marigold to help ward off nematodes in the school’s new garden Saturday morning. In the background are teacher Rosa Su (from left), Grow Some Good project manager Nio Kindla and teacher Wendy Wells.

SECOND PHOTO: First-grade teacher Sonya Tavares places a screen in one of the school’s composting bins. The idea to plant a school garden was hatched by 1st-grade teacher Wendy Shishido last year, but she and other teachers found there was a lot more to the process than putting seeds in the ground, and it was a lot more expensive than they expected. Shishido said that community businesses have stepped up with donated goods and services, as well as discounts for materials. The Maui School Garden Network, Grow Some Good and Hui Malama have donated grant money. Shishido, who admitted that she and another teacher have each spent more than $300 of their own money on the project, said that the excitement and positive benefits the garden brings to the students make all the effort and expense worth it.