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Archive for October, 2013

Our 3Acres Program made it into the newspaper today!

From the Hamilton Spectator: Nutrition pilot program pedals local produce to kids, by Molly Hayes

When the kids at St. Patrick’s Elementary School breakfast program bite into an apple, they know exactly how many “food miles” it travelled.

A new harvest pilot program, 3Acres, is delivering fresh, locally sourced foods — by bike — to a handful of school nutrition programs across Hamilton.

The program is run by Tastebuds, Hamilton’s Student Nutrition Collaborative.

From Ancaster apples to Copetown carrots (and, as a treat, sweet potato cookies baked fresh in Simcoe), the 3Acres program is making sure its clients know exactly where and how far away their food is grown.

For example, Carluke Farm (apples) and ManoRun Farms (carrots) are both 17 km away.

Grace Evans, 3Acres co-ordinator, makes sure to include that information with each delivery. It’s not only education for the students, it also teaches the co-ordinators where their dollars are going.

Read the article here >

Nutrition pilot program pedals local produce to kids

By Molly Hayes

When the kids at St. Patrick’s Elementary School breakfast program bite into an apple, they know exactly how many “food miles” it travelled.

A new harvest pilot program, 3Acres, is delivering fresh, locally sourced foods — by bike — to a handful of school nutrition programs across Hamilton.

The program is run by Tastebuds, Hamilton’s Student Nutrition Collaborative.

From Ancaster apples to Copetown carrots (and, as a treat, sweet potato cookies baked fresh in Simcoe), the 3Acres program is making sure its clients know exactly where and how far away their food is grown.

For example, Carluke Farm (apples) and ManoRun Farms (carrots) are both 17 km away.

Grace Evans, 3Acres co-ordinator, makes sure to include that information with each delivery. It’s not only education for the students, it also teaches the co-ordinators where their dollars are going.

Read the article here >

Article Source:  Hamilton Spectator

3Acres: Tastebud’s Local Harvest Program

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By Grace Evans

We’re in week six of our local food program, and I’m pleased to announce our new name: 3Acres: Tastebuds’ Local Harvest Program.

The name 3Acres emphasizes the three-way relationship being developed between local farms, student eaters and Tastebuds. Created for us by Kitestring, 3Acres captures how Farm to School programs are built upon the concept that personal connections with food and where it comes from, increases consumption. By connecting student eaters directly with the producers who grow their food, they will want to eat more vegetables and fruits.

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I saw it last week at the WAVE afterschool program at the Norman Pinky Lewis Centre, when a student named Cassidy kept coming back to sample more and more kohlrabi. “What’s this called again?” she asked, as I held out the bowl for her. I had been telling students that I thought they’d really like kohlrabi, this really cool vegetable that comes from a nearby farm. I invited them to try it, and tell me what they thought about it. Every student tried it, and all but two nodded their heads. “It’s good,” they told me, many of them coming back for more.

Have you taken a look at kohlrabi before? It’s a green, sputnik-like orb with spiky-stemmed leaves. It’s not necessarily something you’d look at and think, I bet kids go crazy for kohlrabi. But take the time to tell a kid that it grows nearby and ask them for their opinion, and lots of kids were wiling to give a try.

Check out some photos from the program!

Homegrown Heroes: ManoRun Organic Farm

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By Grace Evans

I’d like to introduce you to one of the farms we are working with for this pilot program: ManoRun Organic Farm.

ManoRun is a 40 acre, organic farm located in Copetown. They have been providing the beets, carrots, kohlrabi and cut greens to our programs. They have planted lots of carrots for us that they harvest young, with tender skins, and they are organic so they don’t even need to be peeled. Because of the frost overnight, these carrots are very sweet and kids love them!

Check out their Homegrown Hero profile below, created by our amazing volunteer Amanda Watkins.

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Healthy student nutrition about quality — not quantity

From The Hamilton Spectator: Healthy student nutrition about quality — not quantity by Deirdre Pike

Tastebuds co-ordinates local student nutrition programs out of the Social Planning and Research Council, providing meals or snacks to more than 25,000 students a day, in almost 150 locations. While every school in vulnerable neighbourhoods is well supported through additional funding from partners like the Bruce Trail Expedition, the Ticats and Bulldogs, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Breakfast for Learning and Breakfast Club of Canada, there are still 95 schools in Hamilton without any student nutrition program.

These programs have come a long way since principals first started storing granola bars and juice boxes in their cupboards to give to students who seemed like they may not be eating before coming to school. Back then the programs were rooted in a more charitable response to hunger, like food banks and emergency food programs, where it has been about quantity not quality.

Read the article here>