Part III: Reading, Writing, and Radicchio
Direct from the Reading, Writing, and Radicchio press release (thanks, Sarah!):
Reserve your place at the table for “Reading, Writing and Radicchio” – a three-part series presented by Ecotrust’s Food and Farms program in partnership with Portland Public Schools Nutrition Services and Abernethy Elementary. The fall series offers a full-serving of insight, information and entertainment to highlight the comprehensive efforts underway at Portland Public Schools (PPS) to improve children’s eating habits, help children and their families learn about food, and promote wellness.
Lunch and Learn at Abernethy Elementary
The series entrée is a full-day Lunch and Learn event for the community held at Abernethy Elementary School on Saturday, October 14, from 11:30 a.m. - 4p.m. This celebration of the work being done to manifest wellness in public schools will begin with an “open cafeteria” with Chef Linda Colwell and her staff preparing lunch for the public Abernethy style. After lunch, head off to classrooms for a series of workshops perfect for parents and teachers on topics including: Starting your own edible school garden Local food in local cafeterias – Making Institutional Changes in Public School Cafeterias Farm tours:
- Connecting Students to their Food Sources
- Teaching kids to cook
- Wellness model development at the school, district and national level
- Developing innovative food, and garden curricula
Workshops are free, but space is limited. Reserve a spot by registering in advance at http://www.readwriterad.org
Recess has not been overlooked. Running concurrent with classroom workshops will be activity stations on the school grounds where the kids and adults can continue their edible experiential learning experience. Look for pumpkin carving with children roasting seeds in the kitchen; meet dairy, potato and pear farmers, and satisfying your curiosity about all things agricultural; or visit the Slow Food tasting table where children are invited to sample salty, sweet, sour and bitter flavors– these and many other activities await your attention and hands-on participation.
The following organizations are generously supporting the Reading, Writing and Radicchio educational event series: Injury Free Coalition for Kids, Kettle Foods, Organic Valley Family of Farms, New Seasons Market, Truitt Bros., Inc., Stahlbush Island Farms, Nancy’s Yogurt, Stoel Rives, Portland Nursery, Cardinal Nutrition, Food Services of America, Egg Press and West Coast Event Productions.