Earth oven pizza with local toppings made by students? Pass me a slice!
The Home Economics class at the STAR School has made sure there have been plenty of slices to go around and lots of local fare with help from a local farm and school administration and staff. Located near the Southwest corner of the Navajo Nation, the STAR School has experienced success in bringing healthy, local products into the school cafeteria and growing their own in a school garden. And to make sure the lessons it learns are transferred to others, the STAR School is using a USDA Farm to School Planning Grant to develop a road map for buying from local farms and developing school gardens for the 224 other schools located on the Navajo Nation. It is this effort and vision that led the STAR School to be invited to participate in this year’s Fall White House Kitchen Garden Harvest!
This weekend, the White House is inviting visitors to tour its gardens and grounds on October 18th and 19th. Visitors will be able to enjoy views of the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, and of course our favorite, the White House Kitchen Garden. Earlier this week, the First Lady alongside a number of students, harvested carrots, sweet potatoes, figs, tomatoes, pumpkins and other vegetables from the White House Kitchen Garden during the Fall White House Kitchen Garden Harvest.
More than 200 New Hampshire schools have something new to be proud of. They have started the journey to improve the health and well-being of their student body by accepting the New Hampshire School Breakfast Challenge.
In October 2013, the NH School Breakfast Challenge partners, New Hampshire Kids Count, School Nutrition Association of New Hampshire, New England Dairy & Food Council and the NH Department of Education, challenged NH schools to increase their breakfast program participation by 25 percent over two years.
Whitefish Public Schools Food Service Director Jay Stagg started transitioning to more scratch cooking and using fewer processed foods when he was hired 5 years ago. So, when the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) rules were implemented, it might have seemed as though they were just catching up with the improvements he had initiated.
On Friday, President Obama recognized October 12-18 as National School Lunch Week with an official proclamation. The message thanks hardworking school food service professionals, the tireless staff who demonstrate a daily commitment to providing schoolchildren with proper nutrition to enrich their lives in the classroom and beyond.
As part of the White House Kitchen Garden Fall Harvest, the First Lady participated in her first-ever Vine and Twitter Q&A to answer questions about Let’s Move!. During the chat, Mrs. Obama talked about tips for eating healthy and being active, the White House bees, her favorite fall vegetable, and a turnip that you don’t want to miss!
Farm to School (F2S) means different things to different people depending on where you live in the country. In Delaware, utilizing F2S to source local produce allows Laurel School District to meet the fruit and vegetable requirements of the new meal pattern outlined by federal guidelines for school meals. With a little creativity, we found these guidelines can be met with this valuable resource.
In celebration of Farm to School Month, the First Lady invited students from the STAR School in Flagstaff, Arizona; Willow Cove Elementary School in Pittsburg, California; and Greenview Upper Elementary School in Lyndhurst, Ohio to participate in the fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden this year. These schools all participate in farm to school programs that incorporate fresh, local food into their school meals and teach students about healthy eating through hands-on experience in their own school gardens as well as nutrition education in the classroom. Each school received support from USDA’s Farm to School Program, created as part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, to execute their efforts. Students from Harriet Tubman Elementary and Bancroft Elementary in Washington, DC, who regularly help in the Kitchen Garden, also joined the First Lady at the harvest today.
Chef Thomas Ciszak joined the First Lady today for the Fall White House Kitchen Garden Harvest along with a few of this year’s Kids’ State Dinner winners and students from schools across the country participating in farm to school programs. Chef Thomas and his team of student helpers prepared Pumpkin Sweet Potato Soup with Cinnamon Glazed Carrots for everyone to enjoy.
Chef Geoff Tracy joined the First Lady today for the Fall White House Kitchen Garden Harvest along with a few of this year’s Kids’ State Dinner winners and students from schools across the country participating in farm to school programs. Chef Geoff and his team of student helpers prepared Maple Glazed Chicken with Sautéed Kale, Sweet Potatoes, and Cranberries for everyone to enjoy.