Past Meetup

Growing Healthy School Food Programs

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Join us for another informative "Small Is Beautiful" meeting at Katuah Market. Socializing starts at 6:30pm, the presentations will be from 7:00 - 8:00pm.

"Give 'em Kale! ...and then give it to them again"
Speakers: Nan Kramer, FEAST Program Coordinator; Abby Walker, FEAST Garden and Cooking Coordinator at Francine Delany New School for Children

• FEAST aims to increase the number of students in Buncombe County who grow, prepare and eat fresh produce as a part of their daily lives. Their program increases exposure to gardening and cooking through hands-on learning experiences connected to the Common Core Standards, as well as fostering students connection between school, home environment and personal nutrition. FEAST (Fresh, Easy, Affordable, Sustainable, Tasty)

• "Children work endlessly on mastering skills. Whether it is walking, riding a bike, playing an instrument or learning to spell a word we encourage them to practice and get back up when they fall down. We take this same approach to eating healthy food. Children who feel confident in their food choices have the knowledge and skills to grow into adults who will advocate for a sustainable food movement."

"Local Food Experiences in Schools"
Speaker: Jessica Sparks-Mussulin, Program Coordinator with ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program

• As part of Growing Minds, Jessica supports schools, farmers, and community members in their farm to school efforts by providing resources and trainings.

• "School food is not perfect, but learning more about how school food works helps us better understand the difficult task in trying to prepare healthy food on a very restricted budget. How can we work within these limitations and existing systems to provide students with local food experiences and support Child Nutrition staff? Learn how small experiences can have big impacts on students, their families, and our farming community."

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