Growing Food Education in Schools: LIVE CONVERSATION

Growing Food Education In Schools: LIVE CONVERSATION

Thu 17 Jan 2013

Story by Food Revolution Team

Since August, the Food Revolution Team has been facilitating online conversations with YOU, our global community. Our real food chats have ranged from topics such as school food regulations and volunteering in your community to celebrating real food and Food Day, and live holiday cooking tips from global chefs. We are continually inspired by the amazing things happening in homes, schools and communities around the world, and we love sharing them with a wider audience.

This month we are excited to announce our first co-hosted hangout!

On January 24th at 10 am PST/ 1 pm EST/ 6 pm GMT, live on, we will be joining forces with the team at the Edible Schoolyard Project to bring you our January online conversation: Growing Food Education in Schools.

Studies have shown that children who grow their own fruit and vegetables are more likely to eat them, and this month we learning all about how schools can get growing!

Our participants will be sharing their stories, the successes and the challenges of growing and sustaining a school garden while answering questions from the community.

We will be speaking to:

Julia Cotts, Executive Director of the Garden School Foundation: The Garden School Foundation is the leading garden-based learning organization in Los Angeles focusing on how schools can best access the powerful and transformative potential gardens have for students and their families. Their ¾ acre garden classroom at an elementary school in South LA serves as the premier model for the city, with students there visiting the garden every day of the year for classes in everything from cooking and nutrition to Science and Social Studies! They are currently publishing their Seed to Table curriculum and working to expand their groundbreaking program to many thousands more children in 2013.

Anne Lupo, Assistant Principal at North Elementary in Morgantown, WV: Their Garden-Based Learning project allows teachers to incorporate hands-on learning across the curriculum. They are introducing young people to healthier eating habits as well as expanding their palates. They currently have 13 raised garden beds and will be expanding our garden by 5 more beds that will produce foods from different countries around the world.

Sarah Sullivan, Kitchen Garden Program Coordinator at the Abernethy School in Portland, OR: Abernethy Elementary’s School Kitchen Garden program provides kids with comprehensive food-based education, garden space, a working kitchen with a chef and fresh produce eaten at meals. A key part of their program is our “Garden of Wonders,” which is the living laboratory for the study of math, science, history, the culture of food, ecology, agriculture, and health. Students harvest food daily to taste, prepare, or have as part of their lunch in the school’s working cafeteria. The school kitchen feeds over 400 students each day, and also serves as Portland Public School District’s demonstration site, sourcing local, seasonal ingredients and testing nutrient-packed recipes using whole foods and minimally processed ingredients.

The conversation will be co-moderated by Stacey Slate, Community Manager for the Edible Schoolyard Project and Juliane Caillouette Noble from the Food Revolution team.

So make sure to tune in on Thursday, January 24th at 10 am PST/ 1 pm est and 6 pm GMT on our Food Revolution Youtube Channel,

And if you have any tips or questions on how to start and sustain a school gardening program please share them with us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ and tag it #growingfooded! We might even share your tip or question live on air during the hangout!

The Food Revolution Team in conjunction with the Edible Schoolyard Project.


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