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All welcome to māla workdays and workshops

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Image courtesy of Tasia Yamamura

The University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu Student Organic Garden — or māla, located on campus adjacent to the Classroom (D) and Laboratory (E) buildings — presents several events this spring 2021 semester and there’s something for everyone!

• Saturday Community Workdays 
8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 6, March 6, and April 3 (the first Saturday of the month)

Join the māla crew for these hands-on workdays. Learn to prepare soil, build compost,  install irrigation, sow seed, harvest produce, and more. The garden community workdays are open to students, faculty, staff, and community members, but each workday will be limited to 15 participants; RSVPs required. Participants will have to wear masks and follow social distancing protocols. Participants should also bring reusable water bottles, use sun protection, and wear close-toed shoes.

• ʻĀina-to-ʻŌpū Workshops
The popular monthly ʻĀina-to-ʻŌpū Workshop series feature produce grown in the Student Organic Garden. The monthly workshop videos will be uploaded to the UH West Oʻahu Garden YouTube Channel, tentatively scheduled to be posted on the Fridays immediately following the monthly community workdays on Saturdays (see dates above). Scan the QR code to access and subscribe to be informed about upcoming videos:

QR Code for UH West Oʻahu Garden YouTube Channel

ʻĀina-to-ʻŌpū Workshop for February: Tsukemono. Join our māla manager in making this Japanese pickle using daikon radish from the garden. Eat it with rice for a quick, nutritious snack — or entire lazy-day meal.

ʻĀina-to-ʻŌpū Workshop for March: Tinapak. Make this steamed Filipino dessert featuring cassava, grated coconut, pandan leaves, and more! In partnership with UH West Oʻahu’s E Ola Pono week.

ʻĀina-to-ʻŌpū Workshop for April: Fermentation 101. Learn the basics of fermentation and why fermented foods are so good for our health. This workshop will feature two methods of vegetable fermentation: dry salting and brines. 

• Weekly Harvest Days
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday

Join fellow students, staff, and faculty to volunteer in the māla and participate in harvests. Masks required. Participants should also bring reusable water bottles, use sun protection, and wear close-toed shoes.

Please contact tasiay@hawaii.edu to RSVP for workdays or for any other inquiries.

Image courtesy of UHWO Staff

Image courtesy of Tasia Yamamura