Excerpt from the Hawai'i Agricultural Foundation website: "Beginning in 2014, the Hawai'i Agricultural Foundation was able to offer the exciting and hands-on Veggie U program to fourth grade public school teachers statewide, which was funded through the Localicious campaign and corporate sponsors.

Currently, for the 2014-15 school year there are 63 participating teachers from five different islands that are implementing the curriculum in their classrooms. Through Veggie U, they hope to expose their students to sustainable farming methods, local agriculture, and making healthy food choices. This could in turn inspire young future farmers to pursue an agricultural-related career thus continuing to grow and expand our agricultural industry in Hawaii."

The Localicious campaign ran through the month of March to highlight fresh, locally grown, food items on Hawaii's fine restaurant menus. One dollar from each of the designated dishes at 150+ restaurants will be donated to the purchase of Veggie U gardens for Hawaii elementary schools. Last year, with just a third of the number of restaurants participating, the campaign raised over $30,000.

The campaign spawned giveaways, art and essay contests, and a lot of media attention. The chefs became very creative with their dishes, enhanced by the beauty of Hawaii's local color, flavors and amazing growing season. The best part of course is the excitement and enthusiasm of the Keiki (children) participating in Veggie U.