In keeping with the 3 C’s model of Farm to School, the team at Guilford Central strives to include the Cafeteria, Classroom and Community in their initiatives. This winter, they are excited to host VT FEED educators for a full day of professional development around farm to school education in the classroom and garden. Students currently participate in regular cooking classes with Rosow and teachers host Harvest of the Month Taste Tests in their classrooms each month.
As for the cafeteria, Chef Dan Rounds of Café Services, is thrilled to be serving his students a variety of local products, including things like yogurt, potatoes, beef, root vegetables and squash. Each year, the school receives the generous donation of one whole cow from Franklin Farm in Guilford. This winter, they paired local beef burgers with VT potatoes for a local burger day (pictured above).
With all this momentum around food and farming, Principal John Gagnon and the Farm to School Committee are hoping to build upon existing community involvement this spring. The fifth grade will partner with local permaculturist, Andy Loughney, to design and install a perennial garden on the school grounds this spring.