Top take away tips from Third Annual Garden Coordinator Gathering

Posted: Tuesday, October 4th 2016

No feeling can quite compare to that of standing in a school garden surrounded by beds of colorful fruits and vegetables that are tended by the students themselves.  Of course, these oases of growing, harvesting, learning about and connecting to food could not exist without the real school garden champions – school garden coordinators.

School garden coordinators are a group of parents, teachers and other garden-enthusiast-community-members who devote time, labor and love to caring for school gardens and empowering the students who engage with them.

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Local, healthy seedless watermelons on salad bars this month

Posted: Tuesday, June 7th 2016

Hemet-grown, red seedless watermelon is the healthy Harvest of the Month in cafeterias for June.

Part of San Diego Unified's committment to not only health eating but locally grown, sustainable and fresh food for our students, the juicy, vitamin-packed seedless watermelon are grown by Eagle Eye Produce at its farm in Hemet, Calif., just up the road from San Diego.

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Miramar Ranch school garden comes back to life

Posted: Tuesday, May 31st 2016

Next to a soccer field in the heart of San Diego's Scripps Ranch neighborhood grows a beautiful garden at Miramar Ranch Elementary School. About two years ago, the garden program began to bud due to the hard work of dedicated parents Jennifer Leader, Eric Morgan, and Mike and Somer Gates. Prior to this, the garden had lay fallow for ten years.

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School Lunch Hero Day celebrates our Food Services workers

Posted: Friday, May 6th 2016

Preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, San Diego Unified nutrition professionals do it all! To celebrate their hard work and commitment, San Diego Unified schools marked School Lunch Hero Day on Friday, May 6.

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Nutrition lessons learned at Clark Middle School

Posted: Monday, April 4th 2016

Three seventh grade teachers at Clark Middle School are inspiring students and the City Heights community one nutrition lesson at a time.

For the past two years Janel Meehan, Linda Yale and Anna Bonitati have taught a unit called "Healthy Choices,” challenging their students to have a better understanding of what they are putting into their bodies. The students watch documentaries including “Fed Up” and “In Defense of Food,” and read numerous articles on health. The unit also aligns with the Common Core focus on nonfiction texts.

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Spring Fun Café Brings Free Lunch to Students on Spring Break

Posted: Monday, March 28th 2016

San Diego children on Spring Break have multiple opportunities to have free lunches as Spring Fun Café begins a four-week run on Monday, March 28. Lunch is free to kids age 18 and younger at 10 locations throughout the City of San Diego. No application or proof of income is needed to participate.

This program is a collaboration between the San Diego Unified Food and Nutrition Services Department and the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department, and other community organizations, such as libraries, YMCA centers and military child and youth centers.

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