This component is designed to help students find a lasting sense of purpose and place within Hawaiʻi’s food systems transformation. Recommended activities begin with an overview of context, including addressing feelings of overwhelm or anxiety that can be associated with climate change. What is needed? What do your students love to do? What are they best at? This is their ikigai (reason for being)!
This section includes a collection of activities designed to support a student’s investigation of their Ikigai (purpose) in farm to school.
What can you bring to Farm to School and Food Systems? How are you a changemaker? The purpose of this activity is to discover what excites you about Farm to School, and to understand your contribution in a way that you can sustain and deepen for a decade.
‘Ike ‘Ai Storyboard (Grades 7-12, Adults) – Lesson Activity
Lesson for engaging students in reviewing the Ike ‘ai Transforming Food Systems Infographic
Sustainable Community Food Systems with Albie Miles (Grades 7-12, Adults) – Video
Video by Dr. Albie Miles of UH West Oahu, Sustainable Community Food Systems. Overview of challenges with Hawaii’s Food System.
Lesson Activity Lesson for participants to contemplate and recognize their own food story and that of others. Can be modified for appropriate grade level
Video that represents the idea of zoom in- zoom out when considering your role in food systems.
Have students review, “Manifest(o)ing Your Yes” pg. 20-22. Then, consider, what is important to you? What will guide your work for the next 10 years? Spend 15-20 min free-writing what is your purpose in this work. Write without judgement. Your manifesto is yours, you can revisit it, update or tweak it at any time.
These resources are available for educators interested in engaging their students in service learning activities related to farm to school, including a service learning journal that teachers can use with their students.
For educators, this short description provides context for teachers interested in introducing service learning in their classrooms.
A brief guide listing suggestions and questions to ask when designing a service learning project for farm to school.
As students understand the urgency of climate change and the detrimental impacts of certain human activities, they need emotional support. The resources listed here support students in moving through their emotions in the context of the cycle of grief.
This excerpt in “A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety” describes the purpose and how to create a manifesto
To be used as an activity for students (and adults) to contemplate and connect with their role in the challenges of food systems or climate change