As an extension of our Start Your Own School Garden program, we offer our Healthy School Lunch Program. We meet to describe our services and discuss how each school’s unique needs may be addressed and implemented. In addition to teaching our youth about what constitutes “Healthy Eating,” we can demonstrate it first hand, while at the same time developing new stewards for Earth. Our consultation and planning services are broken into phases which include:
- Phase I: Nature’s Choices—crepe, smoothie and salad stations
- Phase II: EcoCafe—breakfast and lunch menu creation, maintenance and phase-out of old menu based on increased interest in new menu items, and extended menu options
- Phase III: Green Kitchen—focus on paper goods and recycling, elimination of styrofoam, phase-out of plastic products, integration of composting and other green cooking practices
We provide a list of local farms and food vendors from whom to purchase in addition to the use of your own school garden as a resource. Our training options include an education series “What Constitutes ‘Healthy Food,’” cooking classes, and a “Train the Trainer” program for internal school program sustainability. Training may be customized to integrate with various curriculum areas (Health, Science, Social Studies, English, Art, etc.) and experiential learning can be devised to complement current lesson plan topics.
Christine Keller is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) member of Restoration Farm and a community partner with The Garden at St. Francis, Long Island Traditions and other organizations who all share our vision. The Children’s Sangha is involved with The Long Island Food Coalition (formerly Long Island Small Farm Initiative), a consortium of people throughout Long Island and the tri-state area who share a common desire to advance efforts in preserving our local agriculture and expanding sources of locally grown food for our communities.
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