Monthly Archives: April 2013

This Just In: Breakfast is Important One Week Per Year

We try to avoid sarcasm and negativity on this site, but cannot resist noting that nearly all of the parents we know received notices that students would need a healthy breakfast this week because of Read more

Tomatomania! Brings Healthy Fundraisers to Local Schools

Since 2004, all school districts participating in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs have been required to establish a local wellness policy (LWP). In a nutshell, Local Wellness Policies are a tool for communities Read more

Connecting kids to farms and gardens for a better understanding of where REAL food comes from.

Why Gardens and Recycling are Signs of a Quality Preschool

Currently, the Orfalea Foundation Early Childhood Education (ECE) team is focused on five measures of whole child quality at local centers: Food Quality, Physical Activity, Hydration, Gardens, and Recycling. While the first three are obviously Read more

Worms! Children and parents play joyfully with these wriggling garden partners.

Preschool Innovations on Display at Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival

Worms! Children and parents play joyfully with these wriggling garden partners. Parents and children visiting the Orfalea Foundation’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) exhibit at Santa Barbara’s Earth Day Festival got a closer look at some Read more

Return of the Abominable Tray Man! Join our Chef Instructors at Jack Johnson's October 20 concert in Santa Barbara to learn how much waste we can reduce by switching schools from styrofoam to durable trays.

The Abominable Trayman Invades Earth Day Festival

As part of its presentation for Santa Barbara’s Earth Day Festival, the Orfalea Foundation’s School Food Initiative (SFI) built an Abominable Trayman, composed of almost 500 Styrofoam trays used by one local school for one Read more

Students harvested, prepped, cooked, and served food as part of a three-day Health & Wellness retreat.

Health and Wellness from Farm to Table

Students harvested, prepped, cooked, and served food as part of a three-day Health & Wellness retreat. In late March and early April, two groups of REACH students participated in Health and Wellness Retreats over three Read more

Knife Skills Essential to Cooking from Scratch

At graduation, Culinary Boot Camp attendees receive a professional knife set, because kitchen knives are the symbol of the professional chef. During the week-long training, knife skills are taught and reinforced, because these skills are Read more

Earth Day: What Works at School Can Work at Home

At this weekend’s Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival, the School Food Initiative will show how the best environmental practices of school kitchens can be just as successful in the home. Come visit us in the Kids’ Read more

IVYP Water Bottles

Isla Vista Children’s Center Flooded with Ways to Provide Water to Young Children

Children ages 1-3 require at least four 8 ounce cups of water each day to maintain their hydration, according to the East Carolina University Department of Medicine. Yet young children have a hard time breaking Read more

From School Garden to School Cafeteria

This sign let children know something extra special was on the menu. Last Monday, Miguelito Elementary School Garden Education Manager Abbi Marrs contacted Lompoc Unified School District Food Service Director Kathy Bertelsen to brainstorm about Read more