The School Gardens Proposal is an immense source of information about who we are, our community, as well as our short and long term goals. It is beautifully formatted and a visual feast. We invite and encourage you to read, review or just plain peruse this document - we reference it often ourselves.
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Zvi Bar-Chaim, Coupeville Farm to School's Garden Coordinator
My name is Zvi Bar-Chaim. I grew up in La Canada, CA and come here via Chicago, IL. My background is in science education and public service through AmeriCorps. I have my undergraduate degree in Atmospheric Science (meteorology and climate), Masters in Teaching, and completed the Organic Farm School program on Whidbey Island. I find passion in blending gardening, farming, and teaching. My favorite vegetables that I can grow in the garden are potatoes, onions, and tomatoes. All three can be made into such a wide variety of delicious and healthy foods. There are almost no fruit and vegetables that I am not fond of. When I'm not at work or in the garden, I like to go hiking, cook a wide variety at food, read and play video games.
Increase integration of garden use for math, science, art, and language arts classes.
Expand garden program to include a production site for educational use and revenue-generation.
Establish revenue-generating activities like a school-based farmers market that sells to teachers and parents, and/or sales to Chartwells for use in the cafeteria.
Madison Spencer, Coupeville Farm to School's AmeriCorps Food Educator
Madison grew up among the forests, beaches and farms of Longbranch, WA and holds a B.S. in Geology from Western Washington University. Ever-curious, Madison investigates the complex relationships between humans and Earth's systems by observing as many people and their places in America as possible (all the while collecting nifty rock specimens, of course!) With one foot firmly planted in ecological landscaping and permaculture practices at home in Western Washington, she also spends her summers working in mineral exploration in the Alaskan Arctic. Madison is humbled by the opportunity to continue learning from the community of Coupeville through public service. She hopes to synthesize her findings in gardening, science and the outdoors in classroom experiences that encourage students to explore their environment, examine their food systems, and discover real food! Madison also finds joy in creating music, cookouts with friends, and crafting country wines by harnessing the incredible power of yeasts.
Working With the Connected Food Program
Coupeville School District manages its own food service program to provide daily meals for students. All meals are cooked from scratch and the district works hard to source ingredients locally. Coupeville Farm to School and the Connected Food program are two distinct groups who share the goals of food education and encouraging our students to eat healthy foods. Though we are separate groups, the Farm to School Board and Employees work closely with the food service members and Superintendent King to help provide healthy foods from our Farm to School gardens. As both programs grow we are excited to give students the opportunity to continue to grow their own food and see their hard work reflected in the District dining services.