Written By: Mariah Marten-Ray, FoodCorps Service Member with One Cool Earth
Cross-posted from FoodCorps.org’s Field Reports
Students had just returned from summer vacation, and I welcomed my Sprout Scouts—the after school garden club—into the garden at Virginia Peterson Elementary School in Paso Robles, CA. It was a hot and arid day. With every foot step dust and dry grass poofed into the air, and I felt like a kindred soul to the wilty leaves of the tomatoes and squashes. Kids began racing into the garden at full speed as if it was a waterpark, their faces mystified by how much change their ½ acre garden had gone through over the summer. Where my eyes saw chaotic overgrowth, their eyes saw a jungle to explore and a school year of gardening projects.
Written By: Elise Chad, FoodCorps Service Member with Pittsburg Unified School District
What do you do when your school district is already rocking school gardens?
This was the conundrum I had when I first started as a FoodCorps Service Member at Pittsburg Unified School District last fall. PUSD has gardens at 11 of the 13 schools in the district thanks to a dedicated and passionate Garden Supervisor, Michelle DeCoy. She also gets the garden produce onto the school salad bars and holds monthly garden markets to engage with parents, staff, and students among many other tasks she accomplishes. PUSD’s Edible Garden Resource Center has a very ambitious program and I was happy to help where I could.
The application for joining the FoodCorps cohort for the 2017-2018 school year is now open! Find key dates and deadlines below and begin your application here.
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Written By: Lili Jacobs, FoodCorps Service Member with UCCE Central Sierra
I want to tell you a story about bees. You should know that this story also has to do with a particularly fantastic set of tutus.
Written By: Sara Lieber, FoodCorps Service Member with Sierra Harvest
Last week I taught classes of first, second, and third graders how to “massage kale.” Students were divided up into groups of 4 or 5 at a table and took turns retrieving kitchen tools and ingredients, measuring, and massaging. Below are the steps to make your own massaged kale salad.
Written By: Amy Garfinkel, FoodCorps Service Member with San Diego Unified School District
Healthy school meal options in San Diego Unified include: savory tortilla soup, scratch-cooked ribs, whole grain buns, fat-free milk, and a plethora of fresh fruits and veggies from the salad bar.
It’s September 1st
I’m thrilled to start my service
It’s a dream come true.