October 2012


Happy Food Day!

Food Day is a special day that celebrates healthy, locally grown food and encourage people to understand where their food comes from, how it is made, and why we need to eat healthier as a country.

BPS celebrated Food Day along with the kickoff of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) at three participating  elementary schools including the Mather, Nathan Hale, and Sarah Greenwood.

Two special guests, Jillian the Giraffe and Ranger Ray, from Whitsons joined the fun to talked with students about Jillian’s love for fruits and vegetables and how important it is for students to eat their fruits and vegetables.

At the Sarah Greenwood, FFVP Program Coordinator, Phoebe Flemming also read What’s on My Plate to students as they chowed down on grape tomatoes and locally grown apples. Other FFVP snacks this week included carrot sticks and Bosc pears.

We are grateful to the FFVP on-site coordinators, principals, teachers, and everyone else who helps make this wonderful program run. Thank you!

How did YOU celebrate Food Day?

During the month of October, school districts in all 50 states are celebrating connections being made between schools and their local farms for National Farm to School Month.  Farm to school programs are a part of a grassroots movement that looks a little different in each school/school district.  Farm to School efforts are aiming to:

  • increase the amount of fresh, locally grown produce in school meals
  • support local and regional farmers
  • connect students to agriculture, food and nutrition education through farm field trips, school garden education and much more.

What’s happening in Boston Public Schools during National Farm to School Month?

Local Lunch Thursdays are back!  Check out the menu in our full kitchen cafeteria schools, and give the local harvest a try on the lunch line!

  • Thursday 10/18. Locally Grown Cabbage and Carrot Coleslaw
  • Thursday 10/25. Locally Grown Butternut Squash and Locally Grown Collard Greens

What are some of our partners up to during National Farm to School Month?

theMOVE is a local nonprofit leading reflective farm-volunteer field trips with diverse groups in the Metro-Boston Area.  This month theMOVE is taking BPS students to nearby farms:

Tuesday, 10/23, students from the Lila G Frederick School are heading to to Brookwood Farm
Friday, 10/26, students from the Boston Teachers Union School are heading to Fat Moon Farm

Mass. Farm to School Project recently launched their new website and wrapped up their 6th annual Massachusetts Harvest for Students Week.   This month they are launching the new MA Farm to School Network which is designed to support practitioners working on the ground in every aspect of the farm to school movement – from school nutrition professionals to school garden coordinators to farm based educators and beyond.  BPS Farm to School is proud to be a part of this Network!

FoodCorps Service Members  Dan Chamberlain and Norris Guscott are continuing to lead school garden efforts at Orchard Gardens K-8 and Dearborn Middle School this month!

 

 

Is YOUR school doing something special this month to connect BPS students to agriculture, food and nutrition education? Please share! We’d love to know what you are up to!