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Deep Tissue Kale Massage

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 kale2016divided 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.

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Local Communities Bring Farm to School in Gold Country

Monica_DrazbaFoodCorps service member Monica Drazba is serving with University of California Cooperative Extension in the Central Sierra. As a Bay Area transplant in El Dorado County, Monica has already experienced the true definition of “community” in gold country. Read on to learn about her service year so far and how El Dorado County makes farm to school happen.

At the beginning of September I moved to El Dorado as the county’s first FoodCorps service member.  “El Dorado?” I pondered when offered the position, “where is that again?” Like a true millennial I “Googled” it, and realized to my surprise that I knew the place. “It’s that region you drive through to get to South Lake Tahoe. That in-between place– the foothills!”  Actually, by ‘knew the place’, I really meant that I peered out the back-seat window while my parents drove along Highway 50 on my childhood vacations.

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Tasting week in the Sierras

This week’s guest post is by Aimee Retzler of Sierra Harvest (formerly Live Healthy Nevada County), a community organization in the Sierras that supports family farmers, child health, and other food systems programs in Nevada County. The organization also received a coveted USDA Farm to School Grant in 2014 to expand their farm to school program from 11 to 15 schools and establish a 2-acre educational farm, as well as ramp up nutrition education and connections with local farmers and chefs in the community. The story below is one example of that growing, inspiring work empowered by these grants.

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 6.16.12 PMTasting Week is a special time here in Nevada County. The weeklong event combines the creativity of chefs with the natural curiosity of children. Children are able to expand their experience of different foods and flavors with a focus on fresh, locally-grown food. Chefs from all over the county introduced students from twenty elementary schools to delicious, fresh preparations of local ingredients. Many of these local items came from a farmer the students know through Sierra Harvest’s Farm to School program.

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Mother Lode region strikes Farm to School gold

When it comes to really improving the lives of children in cafeterias and classrooms alike, Kevin and Autumn Hesser are emerging superstars up in Calaveras County and the surrounding Mother Lode region of the California Farm to School Network. (For a view of the Mother Lode and the rest of our current regions and regional leads, see this map!)

The Hessers, along with UC Master Gardener Odile Morrison, are the heart and soul of Gardens to Grow In, a newly-minted non-profit organization that began under the umbrella of Calaveras Unified School District Educational Foundation. Gardens to Grow In has acted as an incredibly strong community builder through its work to help school gardens get up and running, provide engaging nutrition and cooking education to youth, and support a number of other projects to enhance school food environments, such as on-campus farmers markets and sending families home with tools and skills to grow more food at home.

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