As part of our Farm to School Cooking Program, Chef Adam Hayes has been bringing a little bit of the Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel to Glen Arden Elementary School each month.
Earlier this year, ASAP’s Growing Minds program was able to award several mini-grants to school gardens in Western North Carolina thanks to funding from Roots Organic Gourmet. As the weather warms and spring gardens start to flourish, we’ve started getting some fantastic photos and stories from the teachers who received the grants.
The 3rd-5th grade students in the after school program at Sand Hill Venable Elementary School served as master taste detectives last week as they used their taste buds in an activity featuring local microgreens from Rise Up Rooted Farm.
On Tuesday, April 9th, ASAP’s Growing Minds program hosted area produce distributors and institutional food buyers at a meet and greet at Yesterday Spaces on Gaining Ground Farm. Why? So they could talk local food, of course!
Glen Arden second graders celebrated the first day of spring with a visit from Chef Adam Hayes of the Red Stag Grill.
Kindergartners at Hall Fletcher Elementary in Asheville enjoyed a special treat when Chef William Dissen from the Market Place restaurant led them in making garden fresh pizzas on an early spring day.
Kids at Freedom Trail Elementary in Avery County got a special treat in their school cafeteria recently: kalesadillas (say that five times fast)!
Students at Glenn C. Marlow Elementary School in Henderson County, NC, celebrated Get Local @ School apple month this February by inviting Chef Matthew Linebeck from Season’s Restaurant at Highland Lake Inn to come and teach them how to make delicious apple recipes.
- Season’s Restaurant apple recipes (quick view as .pdf)
Area teachers and ASAP’s Growing Minds team know that having students write and illustrate a story about cooking special dishes from their school garden is a great way to connect the Farm to School experience across a variety of curricula.
One of the ways that we support school gardens in the region is by providing them with free seeds from Sow True Seeds in Asheville.