I’m excited to be in Austin, Texas for the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference this week!
Today, we’re visiting Farm to School programs throughout the city.
First stop – S.F. Austin High School. School garden led by the Spanish teacher and a Garden Club that meets weekly before school. 8 teachers participate in their CSA and receive produce from the garden weekly for $30/season.
Next Stop – Manor High School. Culinary Arts program that teaches food literacy and prepares students for food service careers.
Next stop – Travis High School. Extensive culinary arts program, outdoor classroom, and courtyard garden with fish pond and worm composting!
Last stop of the day – Rawston Saunders School. Meet Jeremy Barnwell, a kindred spirit and the chef, farmer, owner of Barnison. He serves over one hundred kids fresh, local, organic meals daily.
Atlanta Public School’s revenue has increased $70MM but schools are still losing teachers. At my school, Springdale Park, we’ve had a 20% increase in students over the past two years, we’re well over the state of Georgia maximum class size in all grades, and we are still losing seven student-facing teaching positions this coming year – including my position as the Environmental Science teacher, teaching all students science, math, health, and nutrition on our rooftop garden. Atlanta taxpayers, please consider contacting your school board representative to advocate for APS to keep money at the school level.
I was so honored to be chosen as a lead instructor at the inaugural Food Literacy Institute classes.
The Food Literacy Institute (FLI) is an open learning community based on the popular education model, which values the potential of everyday people to share knowledge and skills with one another as friends and neighbors. FLI is a project of the Food Commons Atlanta “Fertile Crescent” local economy development initiative and is intended to benefit primarily neighborhoods within South-West Atlanta. FLI is powered by Atlanta Food & Farm LLC and sponsored by a grant from the Georgia Department of Public Health.
This workshop gave practical examples of how to increase nutrients into daily eating habits. We discussed Harvard Medical School’s Healthy Eating Plate and strategies to choose the best foods to build, protect, and energize your body. We also created a smoothie that included many of the nutrient dense foods we discussed during the workshop.
There are many more classes being offered by the Food Literacy Institute. Check the flyer below for details!
We were excited to celebrate the United States Green Building Council‘s High Performing Healthy Schools program at the Capitol last week.
In 2011, the USGBC used our school for a video promoting the program. You can view it here:
Valentine’s Day is next week! We’re looking forward to seeing how our creative SPARK kids will show their friends that they care about them in healthy ways. For ideas, see the photos from last year here.
Also, check out our Sugar Stacks lesson from Halloween to review what we learned about sugar to make informed choices this holiday season!
“Let’s slow down and eat together”
SPARK students are encouraged to join Slow Food Atlanta in their Slow Food at the Table Campaign during the month of February.
We’ve been learning about the values of Slow Food during health class. In celebration of the values of Slow Food, let’s join together to eat tasty, seasonal, local, fresh and wholesome meals this month. Enjoy taking time to slow down and eat a meal around a table with your family and be sure to snap a few photos of your event to share with Ms. Mobley and Slow Food Atlanta!
If you’d like to be entered to win Slow Food Atlanta’s Grand Prize, fill out this form and email firstname.lastname@example.org with your best photo(s) from the meal. The Grand Prize: Chefs and Slow Food Atlanta board members Steven Satterfield and Asha Gomez will host an intimate cooking demonstration and private dinner this Summer (dates TBD) at Third Space in Atlanta’s Fourth Ward. One lucky Slow Food at the Table host will get to bring one guest.
See the campaign video here.
Congrats to Nathan from Ms. Vitale’s class for being the first to turn in his photo!
Ms. Emerson’s first grade class had a great time bird watching this morning! Lesson plan coming soon!
The sunrise from the rooftop garden this morning.
Today, we had a productive work session on our comics for the Clean Air Campaign‘s Young Lungs at Work Art Competition. They are turning out great!
Students are creating a narrative story (based on a problem/solution model) with the primary purpose of informing the reader on the topic of air pollution. Their comics must show where pollution comes from (problem) and activities that promote clean air (solution).
We will have work sessions for the next two weeks during class time then if they are not complete, students may take their projects home on Friday, February 21st. All submissions must be returned to Ms. Mobley to be sent in on February 24th.
Check out some of our past projects with the Clean Air Campaign here.