Kids Eat Locally Grown at Aspen Creek K-8 School

Farmer Steve Maitland of Fossil Creek Farm to teach students at Aspen Creek about farming.

Colorado produce is some of the tastiest grown, especially when it comes to corn and tomatoes.

Today, some lucky students get an up-close and personal look from the pros who grow and prepare this delicious food.

Farmer Steve Maitland and Chef Bradford Heap will provide hands-on education on farming and cooking from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at Broomfield’s Aspen Creek K-8 school.

The demo is all part of Boulder Valley School District’s School Food Project’s districtwide Farm to School program–made possible by a USDA Farm to School grant–and in celebration of Colorado Proud School Meal Day.

Steve Maitland of Fossil Creek Farm is one of BVSD’s corn suppliers. Maitland will tell students some of the nitty gritty details about farm operations and crops.

Chef Bradford Heap of Salt (Boulder) and Colterra (Niwot) Restaurants will put on a cooking demonstration to show how to make fresh tomato and cucumber salad—made, of course, from local produce.

“Children deserve a chance to know the difference between good, ‘real’ food and processed foods, the value of eating real food that’s seasonal and delicious, and the opportunity to learn from adults in the food profession that by making responsible food choices, they can grow up to be healthy strong adults,” says Chef Bradford Heap, owner of local restaurants Salt and Colterra.

Fossil Creek corn and the Fresh Tomato Cucumber Salad are both September featured school lunch menu items in BVSD’s school lunch program.

Participating students get an “I Tried Harvest of the Month” sticker – an incentive to encourage student participation in the program and engage families.

Colorado Proud School Meal Day is a Colorado Proud program started to inspire local school districts to incorporate local ingredients into menus by connecting them with Colorado producers and chefs.

BVSD’s School Food Project believes that all children of Boulder Valley School District will have daily access to fresh, flavorful and nutritious food made with wholesome and, when possible, local ingredients, so that every child may thrive. BVSD’s School Food Project is offering Colorado corn to all BVSD schools on this day and is providing hands-on education programs in schools throughout the month and school year.

“We are thrilled to have Colorado corn on BVSD’s school lunch menu on Colorado Proud School Meal Day,” said Ann Cooper, BVSD Director Food Services. “I am proud of our work to bring farm fresh food to our students while supporting regional farmers and educating our community.”

BVSD is one of 71 schools nationwide awarded a USDA Farm to School Grant. The School Food Project sources local foods when possible and provides hands-on food and farm to school education programs that encourage students to try new foods, eat more fruits and vegetables, learn about where the food comes from and develop lifelong healthy eating habits.

 

 

 

 

 

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