The FoodCorps Chronicle

The FoodCorps Chronicle: Squash, a Magical Vegetable

By Lisa Halpin, FoodCorps service member in Putnam, Connecticut Every week I look forward to my Thursday afternoons, where I get to spend 45 minutes with Mrs. Martel’s Kindergarten class, a great group of brave taste testers who always greet me with smiles and cheers of ”Ms. Lisa is here!” As I walked into their class last week I carried […]

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FoodCorps Update: Third Graders Make Rad-icle Change

by Eliza Hudson, FoodCorps service member, Guilford County, North Carolina, Guilford County Cooperative Extension “Would you like to try this Rad-Cuke salad today? It’s got radishes, cucumbers, lemon, olive oil, salt and a liiiittle pepper in it. You can vote for what you think at the end of lunch. Did you know we’re growing radishes—that’s what the ‘rad’ is for—in our school […]

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Cooking up a Healthy School Food Legacy

Written by FoodCorps service member Erin Jackson, engaging kids in hands-on, delicious real food education in Bozeman, MT. Since January, the scent of freshly baked pumpkin bread wafting through the halls has become a weekly occurrence at Hyalite Elementary School. I often hear students and teachers wonder out loud: “What smells so good?” “Where is that smell coming from?” or “Who […]

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Cooking Up Culture on the Tohono O’odham Nation: Avocado & Agave Pudding

By Julia Munson and Rebecca Cohen, FoodCorps service members An excited chorus of “Are we cooking today?” greets us when we walk into the cafeteria of Indian Oasis Elementary School (IOES). A group of students swarms around us, jumping up and down and offering bear hugs.  At IOES, one of the schools we teach in as second year FoodCorps service […]

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries—Remixed

by Lauren Nixon, FoodCorps service member in New Brunswick, New Jersey. To many middle schoolers, the French fry is king. According to them, it’s the most versatile, dippable, craveable food known to humankind. The students that I educate as a FoodCorps service member, K-8th graders at Greater Brunswick Charter School in New Brunswick, New Jersey can be picky. The students like some […]

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Roots, Fruits, and Leaves Slaw: A Tasty Lesson on Plant Parts

by Lauren Rhoades, FoodCorps Service Member at Magnolia Speech School in Jackson, Mississippi “What is this vegetable called?” I ask the kids gathered around the table. I’m holding a leafy, purple vegetable in the air. “Cabbage!” Kory calls out. A few weeks earlier, this answer would have been accompanied by a chorus of groans, “yucks,” and grimaces, but today the class […]

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A FoodCorps Field Report: Two heads are better than one

This blog post is written by Robyn Wardell, former FoodCorps service member and current FoodCorps Fellow in Michigan. Would my students get the most out of planting in the garden today or having a cooking class? Should I spend the next few hours trying to contact Ms. King, the food service director, or should I really use this time to […]

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FoodCorps Introduces Kale in Schools

October’s kale salad was a riotous affair, given that it was our first time doing the taste tests and the kids’ first time seeing the garden teacher in the cafeteria offering things to eat in little plastic cups. A few kids surprised me by spreading rumors that I was handing out seaweed. A small contingent were somehow convinced that I […]

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Helping America’s Kids Eat Better: Corbin Lichtinger

Most of the students at Longleaf Elementary weren’t born in this country or even on this continent. Lewiston is home to one of the largest Somali and Sudanese immigrant communities in the U.S. Corbin Lichtinger faced a unique challenge when he arrived. “These kids have a very different relationship with food than most other Americans their age,” he says. “Where […]

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A Rap About C-O-M-P-O-S-T

Earlier this year, we introduced you to FoodCorps service member Daniel Marbury. Today, Daniel is sharing a video he recently made with some students: This video is the finished product of some of my time this spring partnering with an awesome teacher and amazing class of 5th grade students at Platte River Elementary in Honor, Michigan. Through a collaboration with […]

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