Mount Pearl, NL
Our school is always looking for new ways to improve both the environment and to help students make healthy/positive choices. We have a school garden and have just started an indoor hydroponic garden as well as composting this year with success. So, to take on a new activity was a no no-brainer! I teach my science class home economics as well, which made the Food Action Kit activity of becoming a food innovator the perfect fit. The class discussed ways of saving food and then got down to business of saving the rinds off our delicious watermelon snack! Students not only got practical experience in the kitchen, but also got to see how science is involved and how we can change even the most [seemingly] inedible food into something good!
Photo credit: St. Peter’s Junior High
We are hosting 20 salad bars that are aiming for locally grown foods that require minimal packaging. Kids choose the amount and type of food they want which minimizes waste. We will also revitalize our compost and move it into our garden beds to teach about the cycles of compost and soil development.
Photo credit: Sarah Stevenson
Photo: Students enjoying fish cakes made from the leftovers of our Bass & Potato Lunch
Our newly formed Green Team prepared a bass and potato dinner with chow-chow* and our students helped to prepare with green tomatoes from our school garden. Our school is located on the bank of the Miramichi River and in the spring all students were given the chance to try their hand at bass fishing. Many students had never eaten bass or chow-chow and this was a wonderful opportunity. We also had fish cakes the following day to eat up the left overs. Again many students had never eaten fish cakes. Our middle school student body of 83 were invited to share lunch with us and, of that, 25 participated.
*Chow-chow is a type of relish made with green tomatoes
Photo credit: Mrs. Murphy
*Winners of Farm to School month prizes are drawn at random from the list of registrants.
Last year, our school received a seed grant of $1,500 from Farm to Cafeteria Canada. Immediately, this money was put to good use, as our Garden Club and Grade 3 students began growing sprouts for consumption during the cold winter months. With this infusion of cash, we bought new tools, a bunch of bamboo pots, vegetable seeds, trays, a germination heat mat, a grow light, potting soil, lumber, hand tools, and cooking equipment.
Did you know, about ONE THIRD of all food produced globally is wasted? Food that could otherwise provide nourishment often ends up in landfills, producing greenhouse gases and becoming a major contributor to climate change.
That’s why, as part of the 2019 Farm to School Month celebrations, Farm to Cafeteria Canada was pleased to partner with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), creators of the Food Matters Action Kit, in hosting a…
The Food Matters Action Kit is loaded with informative resources and hands-on, creative activities to inspire kids of all ages to prevent food waste at home, at school and in the community. Activities in the kit are designed for youth across North America, from ages 5 to 25, to start making a positive difference right now to prevent food waste!
To participate, schools were asked share an activity that their r class, school or campus group did to prevent and reduce food waste during Farm to School Month (October).