Slow Food in Schools teaches youth about the values of eating locally, seasonally and sustainably through hands-on projects. Programs range from collaborating on curricula and after school activities to improving school lunches and school garden programs.
As you may know Slow Food San Francisco has spent the last year working tirelessly to raise funds in order to help support our garden programs. Fortunately all of your help has allowed our venture to grow at a rate much faster than we anticipated. Sanchez School, located in the Noe Valley/Castro district, was able to hire a part-time school garden coordinator to assist with planting and maintaining the garden as well as teaching simple cooking techniques. Sanchez is doing so well that they are slated to break ground on a large-scale garden construction project, and recently installed a vertical garden. They are encouraging the community to suggest possible garden designs. If you are interested in putting in your input please be on the look out for notice on the date of next community meeting.
Mira Loma elementary school, located in the Glen Park area, has a part-time teacher/parent garden coordinator. Last summer they were able start on a major up-grade of the garden area thus creating better access for all students. Part of the upgrade included the recent building of a chicken coop. At the moment eggs are being incubated in two separate classrooms, with the anticipation of the Chickens being moved outside this spring. Miraloma is currently searching for a full-time garden coordinator as well as community members to help maintain both the garden and chickens over the summer months. If you are interested in volunteering at Miraloma please feel free to contact the school. (Please keep in mind that in order to volunteer it is not necessary to have a student in attendance).
Paul Revere Elementary has an active “Greening” committee which works with parents, teachers, the principal, and students, in order to assist them with their gardening plan. The plan will hopefully expand in the next month when the committee expect to plant edibles (weather permitting). They are currently writing grant proposals to fund a garden coordinator.
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