Monday, March 3, 2014

Incredible Edibles

The Green LIONS Garden Group had a welcome visit from Whole Foods Market at our last meeting. We have a strong connection with the Whole Foods company because The Whole Kids Foundation, one of Whole Foods’ organizations, generously awarded us a grant to fund our school garden and garden program for this school year. So having nutritionist Cara Blume from Whole Foods Market visit was such a special treat for many reasons. She was able to see our program at work and also give the students a wonderful lesson in healthy living.

Ms. Blume brought hummus and pita bread along with fresh vegetables and fruits. The students were encouraged to make edible art with the foods items using skewers, hummus “glue” and heaps of creativity. Their creations were as impressive as they were delicious.

Ms. Blume also brought along Ann Marie the Sprout Lady. A former elementary school teacher, 
Ann Marie entertained the students with a quick lesson on and tasting of micro-greens, showing how easy they are to grow, and explaining their nutrient-dense benefit. She then allowed each student to choose to grow either pea sprouts or sunflower sprouts for a take-home micro-green mini-garden. After only a few days of simple watering there were delicious sprouts to nosh on. 
What could be easier?!

The visit of both Ms. Blume and The Sprout Lady brought a little sunshine into our February with the taste of all the fresh Spring vegetables and outdoor fun soon to come.

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