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School is back in and that means that Mount Baker children are back in the school gardens. Read on to find out what is going on and how to get involved...
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September Food Access Update


Information alone can never become knowledge, and knowledge never becomes wisdom without some kind of rooting in the good soil of experience.
~James Raffan

Much work has been done and plans have been made as a result of the Foothills Food Summit. One of these efforts has been the creation of the Food Education and School Garden Initiative working group. The Food Education and School Garden Initiative group is a collection of members of the Mount Baker School District and community partners that share the desire to create opportunities for school based nutrition and food security for the children of the Mount Baker School District.

One of the ways this group is working towards making this vision a reality is by supporting the implementation of school gardens, garden and food-based after-school enrichment opportunities, and integrated food education at the Kendall, Acme, and Harmony Elementary Schools.

Given that we are starting a fresh new school year the focus of this months food access newsletter is to highlight the status of the school gardens and education at each elementary school and opportunities to take part in their creation or expansion as well as other food related opportunities across the Foothills region. 

 
Kendall Elementary has a robust school garden and last year they expanded to have a second garden. Common threads will be providing food education classes and 4th graders will receive the Choose Health: Food, Fun, and Fitness curriculum (CHFFF). There will also be an after school garden club again along with the kid run farmers market on Wednesday.
Stop by the farmers market to support the kids and better yet volunteer to help with gardening, fund raising, and all around fun. The "Garden Champion" aka superstar parent volunteer for Kendall is Andrea Schmidt you can email her here.
Kendall Volunteering
Acme Elementary had 4 small beds last year. Thanks to a grant from WECU, soil from Cowden, cardboard from Costco, and the hard work of some wonderful volunteer they have expanded with a 40x20 bed. There is still much to be done as this program has just started at Acme. To volunteer, donate items, or funds to the Acme school garden and education program please contact our "Garden Champion" parent volunteer Erika Beaudin below.
Acme Volunteering
Harmony Elementary doesn't have a school garden program yet but a "Garden Champion" has been identified, Kelly Uusitalo. Kelly is also the co-owner of Pollen Folly Farm and a Twin Sisters market farmer. Kelly is currently looking for collaborators, funding, and donations. Contact Kelly here.
Harmony Volunteer
Twin Sisters Market is still going on and right now they are running a special:

Triple Your EBT! This means up to $30 worth of produce for only $10 EBT dollars. 

Every Saturday -
(June - Oct)
Twin Sisters Farmers market
  • Nugents Corner   9:00 - 3:00
  • EWRRC 10:00 - 2:00
Every Tuesday - Foothills Food Bank Distribution at St Peters from 9:00 to 11:30pm

Every 2nd Saturday at the EWRRC from 10 to 12pm
We would like to thank Mount Baker HS sophomore, Donovyn Peter for volunteering this summer and past summers along with his father! He loves seeing the happy smiles at the Foothills Food bank. See you next summer!
Volunteer Opportunities

Local Food Works - Grow A Row coordinator

Foothills Food Bank - Help Carry Groceries to the Cars

Foothills Food Bank - on call delivery driver & backup delivery driver
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