Spring Semester 2017 is here!

Greetings Everyone,

FETCH’s Spring Semester 2017 got its official start last week Friday, January 20th and we had a great time at both of our programs with our new and returning youth and families! We had such a great time, in fact, that we failed to get any pictures but you can still read about all the fun we had below…

First, though, let me get this bad news out of the way… Unfortunately, we are canceling our Wednesday Youth Advantage!; Sustainable Sciences Internship for high school students. We did not get a sufficient amount of sign-ups to keep it running this semester but don’t worry, there is good news too…

We are actually doing a condensed version with middle school students on Fridays from 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm. Students from the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (or SEEQS) will be joining us, as well as several homeschool students and we still have room for a few more! Contact us to register or to find out more information. We are welcoming high schoolers to join us as well, if they would like to get a taste of what the high school internship will be like in the Fall 2017 semester when we resume it. Staff will be working hard all year to advertise the program and make sure it is a guarantee for Fall. If you know a teenager who would like to sign up, let us know right away so we can save them a spot!

Now back to last week Friday…

The SEEQS students got an introduction to CSA farming and began planting their beds for this semester. They also harvested some stuff to take home from our Model Urban Family Garden (link coming soon!). The Model Garden is doing great, by the way. Many thanks to all of the SEEQS students and Family Advantage! participants who helped us build it last semester.

This semester, the Family Advantage! program is running from 5 pm to 8 pm. As far as farming goes, we will be focusing more on hydroponics and the individual family garden beds. Staff will help families translate what we are doing on the farm to things you can do in your home gardens, so please don’t hesitate to ask questions and get the conversations rolling! In addition, we will be sending you all home each week with a printout of something you can do at home that relates to what we did on the farm.  Last week, we prepared some of the soil beds by weeding and turning the soil. We also planted sweet potatoes, corn, and a few other crops that we will hopefully eat for dinner on a Friday night in the future.

Speaking of our family dinners, this last week we enjoyed recipes from China and coming up we have Korea, then Thailand. This semester we are handing out printed copies of each week’s recipes so that families can recreate them at home. If any families out there get the opportunity to make one of the Family Advantage! recipes or even to do one of the garden activities we print out for you, please take photos and share your story with us!

If you were not able to join us last week, don’t fret, you can start this week! Contact us to sign up or find out more information.

Please feel free to share our Family Advantage! program flyer below.

Aloha and see you soon!



Our Last Fall 2016 Session and the Upcoming Recruitment Event

Good Morning FETCH Families,

Last week Friday was our wrap-up session for this semester but we are still meeting one more time on Wednesday, December 14th for our big recruitment event! As discussed, we are asking that each family be ready to sign up another family that night that you have been in contact with about the program. Bring your cell phones and lap tops and you will actually fill out their registration forms for them on your computer while they are on the phone with you.

If you need some help remembering why you committed to helping FETCH with recruitment, check out some of these pictures from last Friday (below) and reflect on what a great time we had! The whole FETCH staff is grateful for your continued support and we hope to see you on Wednesday. Contact us if you have any questions.


Weeding. Looks great, ladies!


Planting. The soil looks so rich!

Sisters work together to harvest corn. This is the same corn we had for dinner that night!

Youth start a mural for the farm while adults wrap up Fall’s parenting discussions.


Dr. Mary gave a great lecture on Ghengis Khan over dinner. 


Impromptu holiday photo shoot!

Fall Semester is Almost Over!

This Friday is our last session before we reconvene in Spring. To wrap things up, we will be having a potluck. FETCH is doing Mongolian barbecue to go with this week’s regional lesson on Ghengis Khan and we are asking families bring a side dish of their choice to share – no need to worry about this week’s Mongolian theme!

We will also work together on getting the farm ready for families to work on their own individual garden beds in the Spring. Come prepared to weed and possibly plant! At Communication Club, parents will wrap up this semester’s discussions and our youth will do a kinetic family drawing and begin work on a new FETCH mural to go up in the pergola!

To get everyone excited about this Friday, check out these pictures from our Friday session two weeks ago…


Our youth participants worked hard both indoors and outdoors to start hydroponic buckets for the model home garden and to reflect on their feelings about how their family operates.


We also built benches for the pergola!

Left: Parents prep kebabs for dinner. Right: Families enjoy a talk on Cyprus the Great while we eat.

Aloha! See you Friday!




Keeping our entry short and sweet this week:


  • The Sustainable Sciences Youth Internship started up again last Friday. We finished up our unit on Soil Sciences and students analyzed the soil at the farm for different nutrients, and tested pH levels.
  • Our youth in the Sustainable Families program went on a campus tour of UH Manoa. The art building was a favorite among the group and we ran into a participant’s older brother hanging out with his friends at the Campus Center!
  • Parents in Communication Club discussed how to establish communication routines within the family that are honest, direct, and includes children as much as possible in the decision making processes.
  • Dinner was awesome! We had a new staff member with a culinary background cooking with us this week and she proved to be an amazing chef!
  • The pergola is finished! Check it out:

The model home garden is coming right along. Pergola? Done! More plants coming soon!



Continued construction of the model home garden and delicious dinner recipes enjoyed by all


Aloha FETCH Family and Friends, 

We’ve had two sessions since our last update, so there is a lot to cover! Plus, get a sneak preview of this upcoming Friday at the end of this submission. Our Sustainable Sciences Youth Internship had a two week break, so this entry will focus on what has been happening in the Sustainable Families Program.

Please note that we are still recruiting for both of our programs, so feel free to invite your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and extended family members to join us this week! We appreciate your continued support. Enjoy the rest of your week and we’ll see you Friday!


The FETCH Staff

October 7th


Sustainable Families Program


Father looks on, while staff teaches son to cut recycled wood for raised beds.

This week we worked on making raised beds out of recycled materials for our model home garden. Parents and older youth helped us with construction, cutting the wood and nailing the boards together. Our younger youth helped out by drilling supportive hinges to the corners of the beds.


Girl shows off her drill skills while impressed onlookers take mental note of how it’s done.

For dinner, we had three delicious Ancient Roman recipes. Families enjoyed a roasted leek and apple casserole, an asparagus and leek quiche, and a goat cheese and greens salad. Teens helped cook and, as always, the whole group helped to clean up. Afterwards, kids went on a walking tour of the different trees on the farm and got a mini botany lesson, learning about the different parts of the plant, and their lifecycle stages.


Families talk story at the dinner table.

During Communication Club, parents did a visualization exercise that encouraged them to revisit their own teen years. There was a particular emphasis on how their parents’ struggles were affecting their lives at that time. Comparisons were made to what is happening within their families now that they are parents and how their struggles may be affecting their children.

October 14th

Sustainable Families Program

Dinner was so good this week, every one was too busy eating to take any pictures. We will try and do better next week (but no promises). Just to give you a taste of what we had though, there were two French stews. One was a Celtic, indigenous recipe that featured ancient grains of the area. The other was a more contemporary, Provincial recipe with modern, introduced grains. Of course, there was also a side salad. We also started working on the pergola for the model home garden.

an archway in a garden or park consisting of a framework covered with trained climbing or trailing plants

After dinner, youth designed their own t-shirts that highlighted their strengths and abilities. During the process, they got to share with each other their accomplishments, goals, and hidden talents.


Youth and staff drafted up a mock of their t-shirts on paper first.

Meanwhile, in Communication Club, parents discussed the idea of irrational anger, the emotions associated with it, and how it affects their interactions with others. They talked about the “fight or flight” defense mechanism and shared tacts for bringing their minds back into rational thinking.

October 21st Preview

This Friday the Sustainable Sciences Youth Interns will be back in session and begin planting vegetable crops in our raised beds. The Sustainable Families Program will continue to work on the pergola for the home garden and learn about medieval feast foods. Dinner recipes will include Roast Chicken with Grapes and Shallots, a salad, a side dish with beets and leeks, and Apples Normandy for dessert. Parents will look at the analogy of family resources as a jug that all members add to and take from. The discussion will highlight how to help children understand this analogy and how their actions affect the family’s jug. Youth will hear from college students about their experiences at UH Manoa and go on a tour of the campus.



Still recruiting… please share this flyer!

Hey folks, hope you are all having a great week so far…

Below you will find a recruitment flyer for an event happening this Friday. We will be holding our regular programs but we are inviting new families or youth to join us. Please download this flyer and share it with your contacts.

Note that new youth or families may join us at any time; they don’t have to come this Friday.

Aloha and thanks for your continued support!