For over a month now, veggies grown at Moraine have been showing up on the lunch plates of kids in the Beverly schools. Here’s a nice article in the Beverly Citizen about our partnership with the schools.
Nancy Antolini, Food Service Director of the Beverly public schools, brought the school cooks to the farm in September. We admired the landscape and the crops, and then discussed a variety of topics of mutual interest, including: cooking from scratch, how to store tomatoes, the importance of good nutrition for our kids, and what “freshly-harvested” means at Moraine Farm. (It means the veggies are harvested the same morning we deliver them to the school.)
One of our younger shareholders told me he was really excited that veggies from his farm (Moraine) were being served in his school. I’m pretty excited about it, too. The Food Access work we do at Moraine Farm isn’t only about making produce donations to food pantries, although that’s an important piece of our work. It also involves making thoughtful decisions about who we sell our produce to. Giving kids access to freshly-harvested, healthy, nutritious food by getting it into their schools is a terrific way to move us closer to “Good Food for All” being a reality in our community. Kudos to Nancy Antolini and the cooks at the Beverly schools – they are doing a terrific job!
If you would like to support Moraine Farm’s 2012 food access work — produce donations to Beverly Bootstraps and Open Door Cape Ann Food Pantry and discounted produce to the Beverly and Salem public schools — you can make an on-line donation to TTOR and designate your gift to Moraine Farm using the drop-down menu.