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Local food in schools, garden curriculum focus of free workshops

Apr 30th, 2015 | Category: News

MOUNT VERNON – A free interactive workshop for School Food Service Directors, Kitchen Managers, and other interested in school food service will be held Tuesday, May 19, to discuss new opportunities and resources to use local food. The workshop is open to food service staff and others in Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan Counties, and takes place 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. at the WSU Agricultural Research & Technology Building, 16650 State Route 536, in Mount Vernon. Discussion will include: new opportunities for using your USDA entitlement funds to source local produce; how to use local food hubs for easy access to many items with one invoice and delivery; and ways to highlight, promote, and teach about the fresh local foods you use. The workshop includes a reception with snacks and time for networking. Registration is required.  For more information contact Mardi Solomon at or (360)325-6002.

In other news, a workshop featuring the “PULSE on HEALTH” curriculum will be held Friday, May 15. “PULSE on HEALTH” combines school garden activities with classroom lessons and a meal that features youth-appealing recipes, which meets state health, science and math standards. Jody Dylan, award-winning science teacher from Mt Erie Elementary School in Anacortes, will present on successful strategies and techniques for incorporating the curriculum in classroom learning. Participants will receive a copy of the curriculum, explore three interactive lesson plans with activities, share strategies, and receive bean seed with a planting/production guide. The workshops is from 9 a.m. to noon at the WSU Research Station Center at 16650 State Route 536 in Mount Vernon

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