FoodCorps is keeping busy
October is National Farm to School Month
Farm to School | October 1, 2014 | By MLUI
- Mark Coe: Having had the oppertunity to present at a local school with Meghan and Leanna, supporting the work Food Corps does is a wonderful thing. They provide a learning oppertunity to our children in agricu...
- Linda Hutchinson: Great! Having been raised on a farm, near Arcadia, I wish my dad who was a Farmer's Market regular in the 60's, 70's and 80's, was here to be involved in the "farm to table" and "local food" initiati...
- Dale Scheiern: It is easy to store and enjoy all winter long too!! Take 1 qt. freezer bags, fill to the point they will lay fairly flat ( not rounded) so they stack easily in the freezer. Local fruit all winter lo...
- Sharron May, The May Farm: You are correct if you are referring to industrial monocultures of animal or plant agriculture which are extractive, organic or not. Fortunately there are small farms pioneering more regenerative prac...
- LillyM: I've been fortunate enough to meet and work with Lianna and hope to meet Meghan. Every FoodCorps volunteer I have met over the years has been incredible. A phenomenal organization with dedicated and...
October is National Farm to School Month! For the next 31 days, we’re celebrating local food in school cafeterias, gardens in schoolyards and food & ag education in classrooms.
To kick the month off right, we wanted to share some of the great stories from our FoodCorps service members, Meghan McDermott and Lianna Bowman.
As a follow-up to Diane Conners' recent column, MyNorth spent some time out at Traverse Heights Elementary School to capture Lianna and Meghan at work. Traverse Heights is one of the four schools in TCAPS that have been participating with the Michigan Land Use Institute’s farm to school education and FoodCorps. These programs are geared towards educating kids about where their food comes from as well as giving them the opportunity to dig in and garden. You don't want to miss this amazing video:
Don't yum my yuck: Watch this great, live interview with FoodCorps CEO Curt Ellis and MLUI's FoodCorps Service Member Meghan McDermott about helping kids in schools learn to love whole, locally grown foods. The interview, just 23 minutes long, is hosted by NationSwell, a digital media company focused on promoting social change efforts. The link for viewing is here.
Lianna Bowman penned an excellent blog last June about the new school garden at Betsie Valley Elementary:
"Despite the on-and-off drizzle and the last-week-of-school jitters, last Wednesday (6/11/14), Mr. Luebke’s 3rd grade class and I headed outdoors at Betsie Valley Elementary to get to work on their brand new school garden. We had delivered three raised beds and a load of compost a couple days before, and after much discussing over the “where” and the “how,” it was finally time to put the 3rd graders to work!
Lastly, Gordon Food Service wrote a nice profile of the Farm to School efforts in Traverse City:
"Traverse City Area Public Schools began to educate students from kindergarten to high school seniors about the locally grown foods which are helping to bring the farm to the table. Tom Freitas, Food and Nutrition Services Director at Traverse City Area Schools says, “We work with FoodCorps who integrates curriculum into several of our elementary buildings.
726 days ago, 10:52am | by LillyM | Report Comment
I've been fortunate enough to meet and work with Lianna and hope to meet Meghan. Every FoodCorps volunteer I have met over the years has been incredible. A phenomenal organization with dedicated and caring individuals.