This Friday, October 24, 2014 is Food Day!  In celebration of Food Day, we are featuring a VEGGIE SPECIAL PIZZA on the menu in all of our cafeteria schools.  During our annual back to school training at the end of August, we hosted the first ever BPS Best Pizza Slice Competition in partnership with the Schwann’s Food Company (manufacturer of Big Daddy’s Pizza).

Our cafeteria managers worked in teams to develop a new pizza topping recipe for the menu and presented their best ideas to a panel of 9 judges.   Although all of the pizzas were delicious and beautifully presented, the pizza that stood out above the rest was the VEGGIE SPECIAL PIZZA inspired by Ellen Eddy from Harvard-Kent K-8 School, Jay Manoli from Lila Frederick Middle School, Heidi Rivera from the Henderson Inclusion Elementary School, and Miriam Soriano from English High School.

Here are some photos of our managers during the the Best Pizza Slice Competition:


The original recipe was slightly modified  to incorporate a fresh, LOCALLY GROWN vegetable medley of butternut squash, rutabaga and carrots in place of a frozen vegetable medley.  In addition to the locally grown vegetable medley this VEGGIE SPECIAL PIZZA also includes kale, broccoli, peas, cherry tomatoes, and green peppers.

Hope you get in line THIS FRIDAY to try the VEGGIE SPECIAL PIZZA to celebrate Food Day and National Farm to School Month.


How are other districts serving up their local harvest?  Check out USDA’s latest video about Healthy Habits Taking Root: Going Local.



September 29-October 3, 2014 is MA Harvest for Students Week and the start of National Farm to School Month!

On October 2, 2014, Boston Public Schools is featuring locally grown corn for Local Lunch Thursday.  Also look out for other locally grown items available at the East Boston High Salad Bar that is re-opening this week as well!

Deborah Kane, National Director of the USDA Farm to School Program is launching a series of videos each week to celebrate National Farm to School Month.  Check out the first video here:

Check back here each week to learn something new about Farm to School in the month of October!

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!