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Applications for 3Acres 2014/2015

If your program is interested in participating in 3Acres, Tastebuds’ Local Harvest Program, for the 2014/2015 school year, we are now accepting applications!

 

How the program works:

  • Local food orders due Wednesday for delivery on following Tuesday, between 9 a.m. -2 p.m.
  • Food is delivered in bins on bicycle by THAAT Co-op. Riders will bring delivery to specified location and swap the new bin full of food for the empty bin from last week’s delivery.
  • $50 minimum order required
  • Participating programs must commit to ordering for 75% of the program (16/21 weeks).
  • Local produce comes unwashed

 

Applications for the 2014/2015 School year due by June 6, 2014.

Submit:

If your application is successful we will schedule a meeting with the program coordinator, principal and volunteers between June 9-June 30.

 

Please download the 3Acres Application here.

 

For any questions, please contact:
Grace Evans, Community Development Worker
Gevans (at) tastebudshamilton (dot) ca
(905) 522-1148 ext. 315

Tastebuds’ Great Big Crunch 2014!

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The Great Big Crunch is a special day when students gather together in their classrooms, school gymnasiums and breakfast programs to take a great big bite out of an apple at the same time, making the loudest, biggest CRUNCH ever! As of today, we have 8,586 crunchers registered in Hamilton, so be sure to listen carefully on March 6th for the sound of that crunch.

Local apples from Carluke Orchards will be provided to schools and programs that are supported by Tastebuds free of charge and will be delivered by bicycle by THAAT Co-op on March 3rd and 4th.

Tastebuds programs and schools must register by February 20th to participate in the event. For more information, check out tastebudshamilton.ca/greatbigcrunch.

If you’d like to get involved, consider having your workplace sponsor a bin of apples ($540)  to provide 2000 apples for the Great Big Crunch. Contact Grace Evans at gevans@tastebudshamilton.ca or by calling (905) 522-1148, Ext. 315 to find out more information.

Photo source: Rebekah Roy

Egg Farmers of Ontario bring more eggs to Hamilton schools

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Green Acres Elementary School was the place to be on January 10, 2014.  Tastebuds and the Egg Farmers of Ontario announced their recent partnership in the goal to connect students with nutritious food at school.

This new partnership with Egg Farmers of Ontario will fund egg purchases at schools. Scott Graham, Chair of Egg Farmers of Ontario, presented a cheque  of $20,000 to Tastebuds to help do this.

Students at Green Acres Elementary School also had a fun time learning more about egg farming. Egg farmer Scott Graham shared trivia, such as how many eggs a typical hen produces in a year (330) and gave a glimpse into what life on the farm is like.

Students at Green Acres have daily access to nutritious food before or during their first break.  This is largely run by volunteers with financial support from Tastebuds and their partners, which now includes the Egg Farmers of Ontario.   Nutrition programs help compliment items brought from home so students have food they need to fuel learning. Friday was a good day as students at Green Acres Elementary School got to enjoy hard-boiled eggs as part of their nutrition program!

Thanks to Harry Pelissero, General Manager of the Egg Farmers of Ontario, and to Scott Graham, Egg Farmers of Ontario Chair and egg farmer extraordinaire who traveled all the way from St. Mary’s to be at Green Acres. Click here to check out the Graham Egg Farm.

Check out Green Acres in the Stoney Creek News care of Mike Pearson.

 

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