BY SUE KIYABU
When Amanda Rieux started the Mala’ai, the Culinary Gardens at Waimea Middle School, she didn’t have tools, water or a shed, much less a semblance of a garden.
“It was literally a windswept field,” says Rieux, garden leader at the school. So she and her students spent time talking about the land.They discussed the sandalwood trees that became railroad ties on the mainland, the kikuya grass that crowded out the native grasses, and the military history of the site. And they talked about what they wanted to grow.
“At first it was really wide open,” Rieux, says. “We started with a field and some ideas, and it grew from there.”
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