|[November 12, 2012]
Chartwells School Dining Services Introduces a School Garden Guide
RYE BROOK, N.Y. --(Business Wire)--
According to the Journal
of American Dietetics, sixth-grade students involved in a
garden-based nutrition education program increased their fruit and
vegetable consumption by 2.5 servings per day, more than doubling their
overall consumption. In addition, a class of fifth-graders who
participated in garden-based lessons scored 15 points higher on science
tests than students who learned in a traditional classroom.
Chartwells School Dining Services believes that school gardens provide
an excellent opportunity to educate students about agriculture, food
origin, nutrition, and core academic subjects, in addition to promoting
life-long healthy eating habits. Because of this belief and the growing
popularity and prevalence of school gardens nationwide, Chartwells is
introducing a newly developed Garden Guide. The Guide is a comprehensive
resource for Chartwells operators, school educators and community
members who are interested in developing and maintaining school gardens.
"School gardens are an exciting way for Chartwells to introduce new,
healthy foods into student's diets. The gardens also provide an
opportunity for physical activity throughout the day by bringing the
classroom outdoors for hands-on learning," said Keith Cullinan,
President, Chartwells School Dining Services. "We are proud to provide a
Garden Guide that will help food service operators and other school
stakeholders make informed decisions when implementing school garden
Developed by Chartwells' Nutrition & Sustainability team, the guide
provides step-by-step support for implementing a school garden and is
divided into the following four sections:
Starting a Garden
Ths section leads food service
operators through all the steps of starting a garden project,
including obtaining approval from school officials, creating a budget
and developing a garden design.
Safety and Sanitation in Gardens
This section includes
specific instructions on creating a Food Safety Plan for a school
garden, including growing conditions and production tips, worker
health and sanitation guidelines, containers and equipment care,
transport and delivery and produce washing instructions.
Harvesting and Serving Garden Produce in Schools
collaboration with food safety experts, this section includes a set of
procedures and steps that must be carried out prior to serving any
food from the school garden in the cafeteria with a specific
concentration on food harvest, recovery and produce storage.
Chartwells Protocol for Garden Produce in School Meals
section outlines the paperwork requirements, approvals and
certifications that must be met and obtained before embarking upon a
school garden project.
To date, numerous Chartwells schools have developed and are currently
maintaining a school garden and the company expects to see a growing
number of inquiries as the school gardening trend continues.
"We have had a school garden for a few years now and it is exciting to
see how more and more students want to be involved in gardening," said
Marcia Servatius, Chartwells Director of Dining Services at Ottawa
School District in Kansas, "Not just here at school, but growing their
own gardens at home and in the community."
Bringing the School Garden Concept Indoors
A Chartwells school based in Tiverton, Rhode Island, is taking the
school garden concept one step further with an "Edible Schoolyard
Project" that educated children on the benefits of vegetables and the
USDA's new MyPlate icon. The edible schoolyard lessons were conducted
for five second grade classes at two elementary schools in the local
area and were presented by Chartwells nutritionist, Nancy Roberts and
Chartwells executive chef, Jeff Simbro.
During the sessions, Roberts presented the students with various
vegetables and plants and explained their nutritional values and
benefits. During the lesson, Simbro made a salad featuring each plant
and vegetable that the students were able to taste test afterwards. The
students were also sent home with recipes and a Chartwells MyPlate mini
poster to share with their families.
For more information about Chartwells School Dining Services, visit www.eatlearnlive.com
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About Chartwells School Dining Services
Chartwells, a division of Charlotte, NC-based Compass (News - Alert) Group, provides
dining services for over 550 public school districts and private
schools, comprising over 6000 separate elementary, middle and high
schools nationwide. For more information about Chartwells School Dining
Services, visit www.eatlearnlive.com.
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