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Food Day 2013

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October 24th is the Third Annual Food Day.  Last year, thousands of schools celebrated Food Day in the cafeteria and in the classroom, by serving up local and healthy meals and hosted special activities.  Bentonville Public Schools in Arkansas created a “Junk Food Hall of Shame” art contest and a “Fear Factor Vegetable Tasting Challenge”.  In Nashville, TN, they matched 100 chefs with 100 schools to fight obesity with healthful meals to encourage good eating habits.  Even in Seattle, we had a Game-Show Taste Test at Chief Seattle High School to add Cowboy Caviar to the school menu, and have our own head of Nutrition Services, Eric Boutin, adding whole foods to our menus.  Read more on the Food Day Curriculum for Schools [PDF].

What shall we do here at our school?

  • Plant radishes, spinach and green onions to add to an easy quinoa salad?
  • Kid-powered recipe contest using only 5 ingredients?
  • Publish our own “Lincoln Fresh” cookbook?
  • Make our own tortillas and fresh salsa?
  • Invite a local chef to give a cooking presentation, with student sous-chefs?
  • Create a Sugar Search, and chart the amount of sugar per serving in a variety of items kids bring from home.  “Power” a car on the number of calories per item and see which classroom can go the shortest distance?
  • Create our own Perfect Menu based on the new Choose My Plate diagram?
  • Invite our parents to a special meal?
  • Have a Lincoln Food Festival to combine all of our ideas?

Comment here with your ideas!

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Thanks to the wonderful watering crew of Garden Stewards, our garden is growing throughout the summer.  There have been a few hitches with the gate being locked sometimes, but a few phone calls found Sean, our school district Self Help Projects Coordinator, and all is well.

The 3-Sisters bed already has corn ‘knee-high by the 4th of July’ and the squash is growing nicely.  The beans look a little anemic, though.  While there are bean pods, the vines are pretty stunted.  I added a few more boards to the potato tower and filled it up with more dirt.  And, everything got a good soaking.

corn, beans, squash

corn, beans, squash

Potato Tower

Potato Tower

Of particular interest was the dog-vomit slime mold that has colonized our wood chips.  Fuligo septica can be bright yellow, but ours is a dusky tan.  It’s harmless (except to asthmatics when the spores are released) and fun to poke.

Dog Vomit Slime Mold

Dog Vomit Slime Mold

Here’s a fun video of spore release when it gets watered:

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