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It's hard to imagine a more beautiful spot for an early fall lunch than the Alisal Guest Ranch.

School Wellness Summit Part 4: An Environment for Innovation, Experimentation, and Sharing

After lunch – and you really don’t want to miss lunch at an event designed and managed by four professional chefs – attendees of the 2014 School Wellness Summit selected discussion tables to learn more 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

A once empty ashphalt area is now a fully developed outdoor classroom.

A Little Center That Can, Part 3

(Part 3: Securing Long Term Change) By Eric Nelson. In our previous segments we saw how Sara Bautista’s leadership and commitment to personal growth drove changes at her Aliso State Preschool.  However, Aliso stands out Read more

Kids Love to Eat Food They have Grown Themselves

This post from our friends at Live Healthy Nevada County reminds us that the most successful school gardens and food literacy initiatives make real food and healthy practices normative behaviors. Growing, harvesting, and eating our Read more

Oak Valley Elementary School Principal Rob Bergan and fifth graders.

How Logical is Recess Before Lunch?

By Dean Zatkowsky “You wouldn’t eat a big meal and then go straight to the gym, would you?” I thought it was a trick question; that she was trying to get me to admit that 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

Adventurous Eaters (and a Chef) in the Garden

In recognition of Wellness Week at Monroe Elementary School in Santa Barbara, Orfalea Foundation Chef-Instructor Claud Mann and kindergarten teacher Julia Bowen arranged a surprise for the student body. Chef Claud set up a demonstration Read more

Blochman School District Invites Community to Enjoy School Food

On Friday, February 16th, the Benjamin Foxen Elementary School in Sisquoc hosted its fourth annual Bring Your Family to School lunch event for nearly 300 guests.  This school-wide event, hosted and sponsored by the PTA, Read more