Taste Our Garden Wrap-up

Yolo Farm to Fork awarded Taste Our Garden grants to schools in Woodland, Davis, Winters, and West Sacramento to help them build and sustain edible school gardens. Find out about the schools that participated and how grant funds helped them. Read more.

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4th grade teacher Eva Dopico with Cesar Chavez Elementary took her class to The Farm on Putah Creek (on 40 acres of farm land in the Putah Creek watershed between Davis and Winters) – and everyone had a great time! Read more.

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We support edible school gardens, provide garden- and farm-based education to elementary students, and are dedicated to bringing locally grown farm-fresh food to school lunches and reducing waste through recycling programs. Learn more.

Yolo Farm to Fork supports edible school gardens, provides garden- and farm-based education to elementary students, brings locally grown farm-fresh food to school lunches, and reduces waste through recycling and composting programs. Our passions are preserving our agricultural heritage, cultivating a taste for fresh, healthful foods, and sharing the value of eating food straight out of the garden. See our short YouTube video at http://bit.ly/XXGtDz

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Taste Our Garden: Riverbank Elementary (W Sac)

K-8th grade 1100 Carrie St, West Sacramento, CA 95605 Tiffany Keller, teacher Riverbank Elementary has never had a school garden, and they have been very excited at the prospect of delivering a “hands-on learning laboratory” in the form of a school garden to all grade levels. Their plan is to build a sustainable, productive, and well-tended garden year-round. They also have an active afterschool program and will establish a garden club and cooking club when harvest time rolls around. Grant funds are allocated to wooden planter beds, drip kits, garden hose, garden spades, large shovels, tomato cages, and a stipend for an intern. Riverbank’s goals for building a school garden are two-fold: for students to have a hands-on experience with growing vegetables for personal consumption and garden management. The students will be involved in all aspects of the garden — from choosing which vegetables to plant through a class taste test of 10 or more vegetables to sowing seeds and planting seedlings, from daily tending to harvesting. The students will likely be inspired to learn about the vegetables we have planted; and to generate a collective sense of accomplishment amongst students as well as satisfaction. This is to be a journey of discovery for many of them—discovering fresh food, developing a healthy relationship with food, and understanding the roles physical activity and food play in our well being. What are some challenges this year? “With the district’s accessibility requirements, it has taken some time to come up with a plan that the they approved. We will build our permanent garden over the summer,” said Tiffany Keller, teacher and garden...

Taste Our Garden: Whitehead Elementary (Woodland)

K-6th grade 624 W Southwood Dr, Woodland, CA 95695 DeAnn Tenhunfeld (ASES after school/garden coordinator) DeAnn Tenhunfeld is a committed garden coordinator who knows the value of gardens and decided to restore Whitehead’s garden program. She communicated with teachers and made sure each grade would be responsible for deciding on, planting, caring for, and harvesting their crops (each has an assigned garden bed). Students in the after school program also planned, planted, and grew different vegetables that they selected, including lettuce, chard, tomatoes, peppers, and arugula. Classes had tastings and shared prepared recipes using garden vegetables. Recipes were made into a cook book for all students (left). Nutrition education lessons from the garden were incorporated into the classrooms, and each month, parents were invited to the garden to see the students’ progress and enjoy veggie tastings. With Taste Our Garden grant funds, Whitehead was able to get a weed eater (the garden was full of weeds before this year’s garden program), rakes, hoes, pruners, and other tools, materials for cookbook, and a stipend for a garden intern to help. What do you feel is the greatest impact of the school garden? “The support and encouragement of all of the students and our garden. The kids are hands-on and take personal pride and initiative in our garden and responsibilities,” said DeAnn Tenhunfeld, garden coordinator. “We have a Fun Friday Club (garden day) and the whole group, sometimes up to 100 kids, is excited to come out and weed, water, plant, and harvest. It will change their relationship with and understanding about food and where it comes from. They love it...

Taste Our Garden: Waggoner Elementary (Winters)

K-3rd grade 500 Edwards Street, Winters, CA 95694 Nan Williams, science teacher and Arn Williams, volunteer Waggoner Elementary has been working hard to revive the garden this year at Waggoner. They moved soil, weeded, planted, learned about composting and had fun learning together. The garden coordinator/science teacher meets with students in the garden during recess weekly and visits the garden on a regular basis with students during science class. This winter their students grew beets, carrots, chard, spinach, and lettuce—and enjoy working in the garden. They aspire to make their garden better. Their goal is to create a more developed learning/tasting area, which they did. Students could sit in the garden with their class and during recesses while learning about the garden and/or tasting the produce that they have grown. They are: Installing drip irrigation so that the garden is sustainable over the summer Building more garden beds so that they can grow more food Planting dwarf citrus trees so that students can also see fruit in production Building their tool supply for garden maintenance Coordinating with the school cafeteria to feature some of the produce during a lunch meal Recruiting more parent volunteers to help out in the garden The grant funds helped them meet many of the above goals. Specifically, Waggoner used grant funds for wood for boxes and brackets, 4 containers for dwarf citrus trees, 4 dwarf citrus trees, 3 picnic tables, and tools (shovels, hula hoes, trowels, clippers). What has been the greatest impact of the garden? “The kids are really PROUD of their school garden,” said Nan Williams, science teacher and garden volunteer. “They...

Taste Our Garden: Davis Waldorf School (Davis)

K-8th grade 3100 Sycamore Ln, Davis, CA 95616 Gail Doesken, teacher, garden coordinator Davis Waldorf has school garden, which included weekly gardening classes for grades 1-5. With the help of Taste Our Garden grant funds, this year they were able to include gardening classes for grades 6th through 8th as well. Through this expansion, the school is working to add a salad bar to the school lunch program as a way of cultivating a taste for fresh, nutritious, seasonal produce. Davis Waldorf is purchasing a tool shed and basic tools (such as hand trowels, compost bin, hand hoes), so that the gardening program can effectively engage the children actively in the work of the garden, while providing safe and time-efficient tool and garden class storage. Garden class instruction includes planting vegetables, caring for them, harvesting them and enjoying them together as snacks. Adding a school salad bar is an opportunity for children to take the experience with fresh produce from the garden to the table. This helps to educate parents, teachers and staff of the value of fresh produce, and to provide an opportunity for the garden to source some seasonal salad bar offerings. Throughout the gardening program the emphasis is placed on creating and engaging in the experience as a way to learning concepts, as well as primarily focusing on engagement in the garden through the senses. The 3rd grade curriculum emphasizes learning about and experiencing farming and cooking. The garden serves a key role in facilitating that curriculum, and the 3rd grade class spent a portion of each gardening class preparing and tasting freshly harvested food. They...

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Designed for upper elementary and middle school students, the curriculum offers five lessons designed to teach children the importance of eating real, fresh food; cutting back on processed foods; and advocating for a healthier community. The lessons can be easily adapted for older or younger students. Teachers are highly encouraged to use the curriculum on the week of October 24. bit.ly/UWzFE7

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