Posts Tagged ‘Farm to School’

Sustainable Nantucket Featured in Fall Edition of Edible Cape Cod!

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

The Fall 2011 edition of Edible Cape Cod features a wonderful article about Sustainable Nantucket, our Programs and efforts within the community. Written by Nantucket native Susan Fernald, the article highlights our COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE PROGRAM, FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM, Nantucket Grown ™ brand and much more. A digital version of the magazine can be found on the Edible Cape Cod web site, and hard copies of the magazine can be found in businesses on the Cape – all listed here.

Our thanks to Susan and Edible Cape Cod!

Nantucket Golf Club Grant Assures Growth of Farm to School Program

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Sustainable Nantucket’s Farm to School Program has been awarded a generous $15,000 grant from the Nantucket Golf Club Foundation. Funds from this grant will be used to hire and pay a stipend for two garden managers and curriculum resource aides for 2012 for the gardens at Nantucket High School and at Nantucket Elementary School/Small Friends. (more…)

Helping the Garden Grow – Summer Camp at the NES Garden

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

This Summer, Sustainable Nantucket donated time to the Community School’s Summer Day Camp. Farm to School Interns Maria King and Elizabeth Murphy taught campers about planting, weeding, & cultivating in the Nantucket Elementary School garden, and guided them through a number of fun educational activities and projects focused around the garden. (more…)

Updates from the Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

On October 6th the Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners picked over 100 lbs. of organic produce generously donated by Pumpkin Pond Farm. This produce was used in meals prepared at the NPS cafeteria, including organic lettuce for sandwiches, and a delicious salad bar featuring beets and carrots!

—————————————————————————————————–On August 24th the gleaners assembled at Moor’s End Farm where we spent an hour picking 500 lbs of tomatoes of all varieties. From there, we headed to the NPS kitchen, where Linda Peterson instructed us on how to best preserve the bounty! Natty and Nora cleaned tomatoes while Samantha kept busy peeling and cutting onions for use in tomato sauce. Vanessa, Sarah, and Beth carefully prepared the delicate tomatoes for cooking by coring, cutting an “x” on the bottom of the tomatoes, and in the case where tomatoes were roasted, halving the tomatoes. Linda then steamed many of the tomatoes, placed them in an ice water bath to stop the cooking process, peeled the tomatoes (with volunteer help) and then made them into a tasty tomato sauce. Linda also passed out tomato sauce recipes for the volunteers to try at home.

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On August 18th Moors End Farm donated a large quantity of onions to Farm to School. NPS Food Services Director Linda Peterson will prepare and freeze the onions for use in French Onion Soup, which will be served to students this October. Linda plans to serve the soup with a garden salad, veggie tray and milk. Yum! This sure changes our perception of cafeteria food!

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On August 11, 2011 the Sustainable Nantucket Farm to School Program made history! With corn donated by Moors End Farm, the Sustainable Nantucket Gleaners – made up of 15 community volunteers, ranging in age from 3 – 50 years – husked over 700 ears of corn in under 1 hour!

FSD Director Linda Peterson taught volunteers about food safety, demonstrated how to correctly husk the corn, explained how she will preserve it for the students of the Nantucket Public School System to eat in the Fall when corn is no longer locally available. Linda also explained that 700 ears of corn is just the right amount to feed every public school student for one lunch day!! (500 ears for the middle school & high school, and 200 ears for the elementary school).

Linda demonstrated her methods for preserving the corn, which involves steaming and then freezing. She also demonstrated her method of removing the kernels from the cob. Students at NPS typically eat crushed corn or similar preparations of cut corn, and Linda wanted to give students the opportunity to enjoy corn on the cob at school. To that end, some of the cobs will be preserved whole, while the remainder will be stripped and used in a variety of preparations, such as creamed corn and corn muffins.

Participants Included: Linda Peterson, Food Services Director; Morgan Beryl, SN Program Manager; Pauline Cronin; James Cronin; Anna Cronin; Jessica Ryder; Stephanie Ryder; Roy Ryder; Beth Davies; Sophie Davies; Nora Harrington; Caillean Daily; Orion Malfatto – Daily; Cameron Hewes; Sophia Basile; Zoe Bazos & Yasmine Bazos. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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Locally Grown Dinner Series: Fall 2011

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Our ever-popular Locally Grown Dinner Series is back for 2011!

This year, Nantucket favorites Straight Wharf Restaurant, The Club Car and American Seasons will each host a four-course dinner featuring seasonal dishes made from local ingredients. Designed to highlight and strengthen the connection between consumers and the island’s farmers, growers, food producers and chefs, the series is an effort to raise awareness about the importance of eating and buying locally, as well as to raise support for the work of Sustainable Nantucket. These dinners are intimate, community-minded, celebratory gatherings that are always sold-out occasions. (more…)

Sustainable Nantucket launches premier issue of new annual publication ~ Nantucket Grown™

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

***View & download Nantucket Grown™: click here.***

We are delighted to announce that we have just released the premier issue of Nantucket Grown™, a new annual publication designed to expand our Nantucket Grown™ branding and outreach campaign encouraging island visitors and residents to source their produce and products locally.

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SN Seeks FARM TO SCHOOL Garden Manager & Curriculum Resource Aide

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

(2 POSITIONS AVAILABLE. NHS/CPS and NES/Small Friends)

Sustainable Nantucket is seeking to fill 2 Garden Manager & Curriculum Resource Aide (CRA) positions for the SN Farm to School Program. Applicants should have a passionate interest in sustainable agriculture, at least 2 years hands-on vegetable gardening experience, solid research, writing, interpersonal and communication skills, and strong Microsoft Office computer skills. (more…)

Get Your Tickets for our 2011 Farm Fresh Feast to Benefit Sustainable Nantucket!

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The second annual Farm Fresh Feast to benefit Sustainable Nantucket is happening July 16, 2011 beginning at 5:30 PM. Once again, this fun and food-filled event will be held in the picturesque fields at Moors End Farm, thanks to the continued support and generosity of the Slosek family. Be sure to purchase your tickets early as last year’s event was sold out! (more…)

2011 Community Agriculture Program Workshops

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Throughout the year, Sustainable Nantucket, as a part of our Community Agriculture Program, will be hosting Workshops on a variety of topics relating to sustainable gardening methods, food production, and preserving local foods. Below is a complete list of workshops; click the links to read the full descriptions and to register for these workshops. (more…)