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Olney Friends School in Ohio grows food to grow enrollment

The farm-to-school movement has been gaining ground lately as advocates encourage administrators to bring more local food into school cafeterias. But at Olney Friends School in Barnesville, Ohio, eating locally goes beyond farm-to-school: for this small college-prep boarding school, it's farm-AT-school all...

Q&A with Michele Simon — activist, attorney, badass

It"s always fun to talk with someone who has such a sense of purpose that she doesn"t feel the need to make nice. Michele Simon is one of those people. Let me be clear: Simon, a public health attorney for the Marin Institute, and author of Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines Our Health and...

‘Top Chef’ fails school-food test, but Colicchio passes with flying colors

In Episode 2 of this season's "Top Chef," the contestants took on school lunch: the 16 contestants divided into four teams, each of which had to cook a nutritionally acceptable lunch for 50 students with a budget of only $2.60 per meal and 30 minutes to plan, 30 minutes to shop, 2.5 hours to prep, and 1...

The Edible Schoolyard brings learning to life

The cover story of this week's East Bay Express has a provocative teaser: "Berkeley's Edible Schoolyard teaches students how their food is produced and prepared. Is this overdue innovation or a distraction for kids who should be learning math?" So part of me was expecting a thrashing like the one delivered...

Food Corps puts new energy into school lunch programs

You've probably heard about service programs that put volunteer teaching assistants in classrooms of underprivileged schools or put new college graduated into troubled schools. A new program called Food Corps puts a twist in that old formula, sending volunteers into school kitchens and purchasing offices....

‘Revolution’ off to contentious and hopeful start

The ABC preview of "Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” Sunday night has me modestly hopeful that ordinary Americans — those largely untouched by the movement to improve diet and agriculture — might watch and learn. “Revolution” puts reality TV’s conflict-based formula to work by sending celebrity chef Oliver...

‘Top Chef’ should take up the ultimate challenge: school lunch

Season 7 of Bravo’s Top Chef will be based in Washington, D.C., reported the Metrocurean (no relation) a few days ago, with filming to begin in early April. That means that the popular reality show, with its supersized personalities and offbeat kitchen challenges, will be in Washington at the same time as...

Sustainable food movement has a class problem

The flavor of fairness: When a recent UC Santa Cruz study asked grocery shoppers on California's Central Coast to rank their concerns about the food system, respondents prioritized animal welfare above the treatment of human workers on the farms. This is but one example, says Bay Guardian reporter Caitlin...

Outside culinary advice helps revamp school lunch

Cafeteria consulting: Oak Park Unified School District, 3,800-student district in Southern California (map), has revamped their lunch program with the help of a local business.  Spurred by an interest in children's health, a district official teamed up with the director of nutrition at the California Health...

Teaching food and cooking in elementary school

Reading, writing and ratatouille: In the latest edition of the Chronicle's "What I Do" series, Michael Bauce tells about teaching cooking and nutrition to the 400+ students of Thousand Oaks Elementary School in Berkeley, California. Bauce's class — which appears to be funded by an outside grant, not school...

Life Lab creates farm-to-school learning programs

Today is "Farm to Institution" day for the USDA's new "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative. Obama Foodorama has the schedule for the kick-off week, which includes White House assistant chef Sam Kass cooking at the USDA and the opening of a farmers market near the White House. Bringing fresh, local...

‘Eating In’ for Better Food in Schools

I went to a Slow Food USA "Eat In" at the foot of San Francisco's magnificent City Hall on Monday, one of several hundred events across the country that aims to build a movement around the upcoming reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. The Act covers many parts of government food programs that affect...

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