In January 2010, Wade King was one of the many schools in Whatcom County that received a Farm-to-School grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation (WCF) aimed at bringing more locally produced, fresh foods into schools. We kicked off our program with student visits to Joe's Garden (Kindergarten) and Boxx Berry Farms (fourth grade). Then romaine lettuce "boats" & green top radishes from Joe's Garden were served at our World Tour in June. Most of our $5,000 grant remains, and we are so excited about the local tastes, smells and textures we'll be able to explore in the coming year. This fall we will offer fresh and locally grown snacks for all students to enjoy. Harvest time in Whatcom County is full of variety and bounty. Our long-term goals include the creation of a school garden, so that students and families can experience the full circle of food life—from ground preparation, planting, nurturing & tending, harvesting, composting, and back to ground preparation. To pull this off we need your HELP!
Watch this video, produced by the Bellingham School District, to find out more about initiatives underway at schools in our community.
If you are interested preparing food, taking photos, or planning future farm field trips and events please contact the Volunteer Coordinators.