February marked the first of many Food Service Staff trainings with Farm to School champion Kent Getzen, of the Wenatchee School District. These trainings will increase the school’s capacity to offer healthier scratch-cooked meals and continue using more and more local produce. As we all know, change takes time. We are grateful to work with a passionate kitchen staff dedicated to improving school nutrition!
After the training, the schools enjoyed a mini-event: Winter Taste Washington Day(s). This was another chance to highlight Harvest of the Month items with produce from local farms. Lunch included fresh, local veggies from Forest Farmstead and Blue Heron Farm.
February Class Lessons
Along with Rachel Sacco’s DigIn Lessons every other week with the fifth and sixth graders, our Farm to School team has also been offering nutrition and gardening lessons to the rest of the Elementary.
February Field Trips
During the last full week of February we were able to take the fourth graders back to Ovenell’s Ranch. The students helped remove plastic protectors from trees in the conservation area by the river, then went back up to the barn to see newborn calves and talk about their life cycles.
Our Farm to School team enjoyed dressing up for this year’s Mardi Gras parade. We were joined by the Meyer family of Forest Farmstead and their goats. It was great seeing you there!