April 6, 2014 by communityfoodadvocates
We’re excited to announce our presenters for this month’s Seed Money Suppers, which is coming up on Tuesday night at The Wild Cow! Come out and hear about Neely’s Bend Elementary’s School Garden and Nutrisha! Read a brief summary of their projects below.
Neely’s Bend Elementary School is seeking to continue its progress on creating a sustainable school garden that will include vegetables, fruit, flowers, sculptures and a zen rock garden. Neely’s Bend serves 463 students grades K-4th; 85% of the student body are eligible for free and reduced lunch, and 40% are considered obese according to health screenings conducted in 2013. “We believe as a faculty that a sustainable school garden that employs organic gardening principals will allow us to immediately begin the process of changing how our students perceive food and nutrition, while giving them the opportunity to get their hands dirty in the gardening process… We think we can positively impact the food choices that all 463 of our students make on a daily basis. We plan on using any funds donated to us to buy organic soil and seeds to begin planting in our raised beds that students built in art class last school year.”
Nutrisha started with the concept of bridging nutrition science and food service. “By connecting the community with local farmers and artisan products, we assume the role of sourcing and crafting delicious, nutrient-dense meals that meets individual dietary needs.” Nutrisha is seeking funds to create an initial printing and to market and explore publication for a children’s storybook series that teaches seasonal eating, encouraging farmers market shopping and home cooking. “Ideally this is a book series that would be enjoyed by parents and kids at bed time or in the kitchen as a resource (recipes/seasonal produce listing in back of book)… Teaching without preaching and direct marketing to kids/families to encourage local/seasonal eating and whole foods consumption.”