Workshop: Optimal Nutritional Gardening

March 1, 2018, 10:15 AM HST
* Updated March 1, 10:19 AM
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Gardening is a richly rewarding experience in many ways. Not only does it increase physical activity, but offers a multitude of benefits such as stress relief and mental clarity, to name a few. You also become invested in the health and well-being of the plants that provide your nourishment.

Edible Landscape. Courtesy Photo

There are over 20,000 species of edible plants across the world, yet less than two dozen now provide 90% of our food.

Instructor Zach Mermel, of Ola Design Group, will teach the Optimal Nutritional Gardening workshop on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Volcano Art Centers (VACs) Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

In this hand-on workshop, you will explore how to improve the nutritional density of your garden’s fruits and vegetables, learn which plants naturally contain high amounts of certain vitamins, minerals, and beneficial fats, and discover strategies for planning a well-rounded diet from your family’s garden and homestead.

The class fee is $35 or $30 for VAC Members. Students will be able to depart with plant materials such as seeds and/or cuttings. To register, call (808) 967-8222 or visit online.


The Volcano Art Center is a nonprofit educational organization created in 1974 to promote, develop, and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i’s people and environment through activities in the visual, literary, and performing arts.

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