Monthly Archives: November 2013
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Financial Literacy Training Equips REACH Students For One of the Key Challenges of Adulthood

By Kari Weber Benjamins, dough, green, scratch, cheddar, bucks, skrilla: Whatever name it is goes by, money is used by all. But today many Americans are expected to understand how to make money, save it, Read more

Outdoor Classroom Project Showcased at National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference

The Orfalea Foundation’s Santa Barbara County Outdoor Classroom Project was showcased at a national convening last week for educators from around the globe. The session, entitled “Transforming Our Approach to ECE at the Regional Level:  The Read more

Goleta Union School District Thanksgiving Feast Feeds Over 3,000!

By Claud Mann Today was a very special day for students in the Goleta Union School District. Thanks to Food Service Director Sharon Baird and her dedicated staff, every student at all nine schools enjoyed Read more

Salad Bar Ambassadors Step up to the Plate at Washington Elementary

  By Claud Mann The evidence is in and it’s irrefutable; children who are provided regular access to a variety of fruits and vegetables are more likely to voluntarily incorporate fresh produce into their diets, Read more

Thoughtful preparation keeps a school kitchen running smoothly, even under tight daily deadlines.

Culinary Boot Camp Video – Mise en Place

The Orfalea Foundation School Food Initiative devotes a lot of time to the concept of Mise en Place during Culinary Boot Camp, because a safe, efficient, effective kitchen requires good organizational skills and planning, as Read more

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Stakeholders Convene to Discuss Future of School Gardens Across the Country

By Erin Weber On September 12, 2013, the Orfalea Foundation and 1% for the Planet convened Seeds-To-Systems, an exclusive group of philanthropists, businesses, and policy-makers to discuss the long-term sustainability of school garden programs. “We Read more

REACH outdoor activities require a lot of preparation and careful planning, but that only makes the actual event more fun.

REACH Interns See the Program from New Perspectives

  by Orfalea Foundation At the REACH Wilderness First Aid Training, we noticed students from the 2012 cohort leading activities for siblings of the 2013 cohort, and we decided to learn more about the students Read more


Press Release: Orfalea Foundation Launches Two-Year Project to Document Philanthropic Progress

Santa Barbara, CA -For more than a decade, the Orfalea Foundation has provided private funds for public good, concentrated mainly in Santa Barbara County.  The foundation has amassed significant quantitative and qualitative data about its Read more