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.
Casey Hazard, Coupeville Farm to School's AmeriCorps Food Educator
Casey is a native Floridian and grew up spending most of her time at the ocean playing in the waves. From a young age she developed a great love for the planet. She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in English and Environmental Studies. During her studies she became fascinated and inspired by food justice through a school club, Food Recovery Network. Since then she has spent time studying food and working on farms spanning from Hawaii to Colorado. She is excited to spend her year working alongside kids to show how exciting and fun growing their own food can be!
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.