The Garden of Eatin’ program of the North Bay Children’s Center (NBCC), which incorporates garden experiences and a culture of wellness into the daily curriculum of over 400 children, is aimed at setting the course for a lifetime of healthy choices. Though the children are at the core of this program, the focus extends beyond what the children eat, their required time in the garden, and the amount of activity needed each day. Holding all staff and teachers to our internal standard of heath as well, not only inspires healthy choices among NBCC adults, but it also allows for positive modeling, which is a critical component to creating long lasting healthy habits. ...continue reading
Written by: Sarah Stowell, FoodCorps Service Member with North Coast Opportunities
Using a blender bicycle to make 150-300 smoothies a day with elementary students has become a regular occurrence during my service term. It has been a sure fire way to introduce kale, spinach, or other “super greens” to the pickiest of eaters. I’ve gotten used to students as young as kindergarten or as old as 8th grade coming up to me after trying their smoothie, which consists of at least 50% super greens, and telling me that they didn’t think they liked kale or spinach or turnip greens and that now they are going to make super green smoothies at home with their families. ...continue reading
Written by: Chelsea Sarg, FoodCorps Service Member with Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) North Coast
One of the most important lessons I have learned as a Foodcorps service member this past year is the importance of partnerships. The basis of a Foodcorps position is a partnership in itself; I serve as the Foodcorps service member for the non-profit, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), which serves their farmer members and local schools. That's a mouthful for the usually 20 seconds I have to explain to parents or farmers what it is that "I do." But it's not all for naught; these partnerships mean I can work across a large spectrum of subjects and with a variety of people. ...continue reading
Written by: Matthew Belasco, Director of Child Nutrition Services with Pittsburg Unified School District
Here in Pittsburg, fresh, healthy, California-sourced meals don’t stop for the summer. All summer long, Pittsburg Unified School District (PUSD) provides free summer meals to children and teens.
By providing free meals at local parks, libraries, schools, community centers, and churches, PUSD ensures that students who rely on school lunch during the school year have access to nutritious meals for the summer. The program is part of USDA’s Seamless Summer Meals program, which provides free meals to children ages 0-18 when school’s out for the summer. ...continue reading
Harvest of the Month (HOTM) isn’t a prescribed model; one size fits all type of program. It’s a basic framework of information organized in an easy to adapt format. It’s an educational tool used to teach students about nutrition, healthy lifestyle habits and the food system through exposure to locally grown and sourced fruits and vegetables. The HOTM initiative from the California Department of Public Health features 36 California grown fruits and vegetables on their website. Through the produce newsletters, Educators Corner and Training Corner, your HOTM program has all the support it needs to get off the ground.
From May 4 – 6, 2015, nearly 300 farmers, school food service, advocates, vendors, and more gathered in Pacific Grove, CA, for the first California Farm to School Conference. Held in Julia Morgan designed buildings at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Grounds on the Monterey Bay coast, conference attendees had the opportunity to experience a variety of activities from field trips to engaging presentations. ...continue reading