December 2012  Same Canoe Newsletter  Honaunau, Hawaii vol.15

Featuring: Chocolate Chocolate!,  The Art of Tea, NFLB Tops 3,000 Pounds, New Web Site,  Solar Project Updates,
Membership Drive, News about AmeriCorps VISTA. 
One Island News
Upcoming Events
NFLB Support
The Art of Tea
Membership Drive
New Web Site
Green Market
No Fruit Left Behind
AmeriCorps VISTA Grant News
Santa Fe Grant
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Dec 16th - Chocolate Chocolate!


Jan 20th  - The Art of Tea


Feb 2nd - Same Canoe Community Garden Tours and Luncheon




 Gardens Anywhere

Gardens come in all shapes and sizes - and places.


Fall and Winter


Local Food Workshops and Cultural Events  

Mark Your Calendar 
No Fruit Left Behind:
Gleaning & Processing Teams 
Thursdays as announced on 
Community Garden Volunteer Days
Dec. 5th and 12th  


Chocolate Chocolate!
Sunday, December 16th
Our 4th celebration of this heavenly food of the gods.
Tour and workshop 2-5
Cacao-themed dinner 5:30
Presentation and tasting 6:30-8
The Art of Tea
Saturday, January 19th
herbal and medicinal teas
Community Garden Celebration
Tours to Same Canoe-funded local gardens and local foods luncheon 9am-1pm
Saturday, February 2nd

Celebrating Sustainability!


for One Island's

Great Programs

nflb tote 
Show your support for the NO FRUIT LEFT BEHIND local food gleaning project by purchasing a fun shopping tote or cotton T-shirt through our Buying Club, Farmer's Markets, or at One Island events.


nflb t shirt

Visit our Buying Club Page to learn more  

100% of proceeds supports our educational and resource conservation programs. 
The Art of Tea
Come discover the soothing, medicinal and restorative properties of herbal teas. This new Art of Tea features local growers and purveyors of native and medicinal teas.

Having trouble with the vog? Needing something to settle your stomach? Looking for a low caffeine drink? Worried about high blood pressure or diabetes? Come learn about teas that offer healthful beverage options.

Saturday, January 19th
2-4 pm
Membership Drive
Learning Center 
One Island is an innovative   non-profit program that actively provides empowering  sustainability education experiences, resources and  skill building tools. 
We Invite Your Support!
One Island Members receive special Member Benefits, and also the rewarding satisfaction of supporting a pioneer social change and food justice organization doing valuable work on the Island of Hawaii.
Donations beyond the basic membership fees are fully tax deductible and can be designated to support specific program goals that mean the most to you. 



December is Delicious! 


We invite you to join us in celebrating Hawaiian local foods - and yes, chocolate is a food. Our 4th delightful  Chocolate Chocolate! is being held on Sunday, December 16th with Nat Bletter of Madre Chocolate as our very special guest expert.


Come discover the ancient, medicinal, and culinary history of chocolate as it made its way on trade routes around the world to reach Hawaii where it is now an emerging locally grown and locally made product. And come purchase local chocolate for holiday gifts to support our local chocolatiers. The evening tasting is on Sunday, December 16th, and a delicious savory local foods dinner and see-it-happen afternoon workshop are options preceding the tasting. Tasting tickets are $15. Advance RSVPs are required. Please see the event web site.


  Green IS a Verb - Let's 'Taste It', Together! 


Announcing One Island's

New Web Site Portal

 New ways to see what's going on!



The new masthead on the newsletter up above is just the beginning of the new web-based resources One Island is making available.


We've been hard at work developing an online sustainability resource center hub that will be growing and deepening in 2013. Please take a look at


Learn about Hawaii energy issues, explore 12 Easy Steps to Green Living, delve into Hawaii's early history and read Mark Twain and Isabella Bird online, keep tabs on local community garden projects and more. We even have a brand new GIS mapping project unfolding that tracks the outcomes of our WHSEP solar project.


 Did you attend a One Island Workshop in 2012? Tell us about it.


We've hosted a great education program series for 2012 with a diversity of learning topics attended by over 500 people.


 If you participated in a workshop, please post a comment about the benefits you received so your instructors can hear from you.


If you haven't attended a workshop yet, let us know what you are interested in coming to in 2013.

Our instructors are so generous to share their time with us so let's post news on how their workshops have enriched our lives. Your feedback is welcomed.


The new web site features easy-to-use news, comments  and follow-up reporting areas for our Same Canoe garden workshops, Green Living food preparation workshops, Solar Energy Projects, and for our YES!! Youth Projects. We welcome your reflections about your experiences as an attendee and suggestions for future programs. 


Upcoming workshop activities will be announced for our 2013 workshop series in the January Newsletter.


We're back at Amy Greenwell Garden!
South Kona Green Market
Sundays, 9-2
Look for the solar oven
to find us
Great local fruit and vegetables, arts and crafts, live music, hot food, and One Island's green living showcase.
Find us near the front entrance, every Sunday in Captain Cook, at the Amy B. Greenwell Ethnobotanic Garden.


                                                         Support our local farmers and producers! 

No Fruit Left Behind
We did it! We've topped 3,000 pounds of fruit gleaned from farms and gardens and brought into the local food system. This is food that may otherwise have gone to waste. And the year isn't over yet ...
See our new NFLB web      Like NFLB on Facebook
See NFLB in the News
Farms, Gardens, Orchards, Gleaners, and Sorters Invited to Participate    Meet-ups: Pre-announced Thursdays - Gleaning 9-12,  Cleaning/Processing 1-4; Deliveries, Friday mornings; Farmer's Market, Sundays 9-noon. 
Email [email protected] to participate
or 'Like' us on Facebook for weekly news updates


NFLB Crew 

   Kudos to the farms, gardens and gleaners who have helped us reach the 3,000 pound milestone.


Reclaiming our Local Food System,

one tree at a time.


Great News from AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps Volunteers serving at One Island in 2009
One Island has been awarded two full time AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer positions to assist us with capacity building. Much like the Peace Corps, each VISTA position works full time for a non-profit organization for a year in a high-poverty community and receives a modest living stipend, health benefits, and a year-end bonus.
The Hawaii AmeriCorps office has approved One Island to receive a Partnership Development VISTA volunteer, and a Volunteer Development VISTA volunteer. In late November, One Island attended the VISTA Training in Los Angeles and in January we will be inviting non-profit partners to learn more about our VISTA activities. We'll introduce our new community service VISTA volunteers in January and February. Great things ahead!
A Big Mahalo to AmeriCorps VISTA for bringing these great resources to our rural community!
Santa Fe Indian School Grant News
One Island supporters recently helped the Santa Fe Indian School to win a competitive Dreyers 'Communities Take Root' grant. The school's goal is to plant a new fruit orchard on their high desert community campus in New Mexico. We've been allies of the Indian School since 2004 through our distance learning and GIS mapping programs. The orchard is underway. Congratulations SFIS!
sfis students 
"Thanks to the help of all of you who voted, in the coming years students will be eating fresh 'home grown' fruits in the cafeteria, the culinary arts classes will be turning freshly grown fruits into wonderful dishes, and preserves, and there will be bushels of fruits for sale at the SFIS farmer's market. "
Mark Ericson, SFIS Project Leader
Your Votes Counted!


Coming Up
Same Canoe Community
Gardens Tour
All over the United States, communities are working to reclaim their local food systems. We all want healthy, fresh, local foods and community gardens are  a great way to provide the education, incentive - and hands-on experience - to get more local foods growing.
On Saturday, February 2nd, One Island invites you to tour local community gardens receiving funding through our Same Canoe Community Garden project, meet the dynamo garden leaders spearheading these great community service learning resources, and then join us for a local foods luncheon sourced from local farms and gardens.

New Mini Grants for Gardeners
At the February 2nd luncheon, we'll be announcing Phase Two of the Same Canoe Community Garden Project. Phase Two features a new workshop series where participants can apply for a mini-grant to implement something they have observed at a garden or workshop and have selected to implement in their own home garden.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $12,000 in mini grants
will be awarded in 2013 thanks to funding support provided by One Island and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture.