Summer in the School Garden Farm to Cafeteria Program

— by Ashley Randall — The Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria program invites you to join us in the school garden this summer for Calendula salve making workshops and work-trade Wednesdays! Our first salve making workshop of the season is Saturday, July 15th at 11 am in the public school … Continue reading

Native Plants Find New Home in School Garden Grant from Garden Club nurtures school garden

— from Ashley Randall — Cascade Penstemon, Flowering Red Currant, Kinnikinnick, Sea Blush.  Do you know the three things all these plants have in common?  Go ahead, read ‘em again and think about it. You got all three? Okay, let’s see if we came up with the same answers: 1. … Continue reading

Farm to Classroom Expands Students’ Knowledge of Edible Plants Orcas Island Public School

— from Ashley  Randall — During the month of March, the sun began to shine brighter on our school garden. With spring on our minds, we tested our knowledge of edible and medicinal herbs by playing a cooperative board game, developed a garden map, created teacups from clay, examined the … Continue reading

Catkin Cafe Hosts Student Chef Winner

— from Ashley Randall — On February 3, Catkin Café hosted Orcas School’s Student Chef Winner, Theo Vaccarella, and six friends for a pasta making class. Theo won first place in the 2016 Student Chef Competition with his healthful and tasty garden meatball soup. Under the direction of Angela Emery, … Continue reading

Farm to Cafeteria Program December-January 2017

— by Ashley Randall — K-5th grade Farm to Classroom: During the month of December, we practiced our cooking skills and discussed the importance of winter wellness. To start out the month, we made fresh applesauce from Orcas grown apples and pumpkin bread using pumpkins from our school garden. After … Continue reading

Farm to Cafeteria Program in November

–from Ashley Randall — K-5th Farm to Classroom: During the first week of November, we met local botanist, Madrona Murphy, and her favorite plant, Great Camas. We explored the plants relationship to the Native Salish diet and local pollinators. After slow cooking the tuber for three whole days, we were … Continue reading

Farm to Cafeteria Program in October

— from Ashley Randall — What happened in Farm to Classroom (K-5) during the month of October? We celebrated the process, practice and importance of seed saving. We harvested enough seeds to both save for spring and make multiple donations to the Public Library’s very special Seed Library. Katie taught … Continue reading

Farm to Cafeteria participates in “Taste Washington Day” Local farms provide daily sustenance at school

— by Ashley Randall — On October 5th, the WSDA Farm to School and the Washington School Nutrition Association partnered to sponsor “Taste Washington Day,” an annual celebration of Washington grown foods served in school meals. The Orcas Island School District was one of forty districts signed up to participate … Continue reading

Orcas Public School’s Farm to Cafeteria Program in September

— by Ashley Randall — During our first week back to Farm to Classroom (K-5th), we tasted and painted with beets! We gathered around a large bed of beets, and examined the vegetable’s leaves and colorful stalks. Upon harvesting the root vegetable, we identified the three varieties and examined the … Continue reading

Creating with Calendula in the School Garden

— by Ashley Randall — While waiting for our salves to set, we turned to a large bed of calendula flowers for inspiration. We identified and discussed the assortment of calendula flowers used in the salves. We hand picked seeds from the dried flowers to fill seed packets. And a … Continue reading

Shibori in the School Garden: Indigo and Imagination

— by Ashley Randall — On July 2nd the Farm to Cafeteria Program hosted its first of three summer workshops in the school garden. Our incredible garden keeper, Colleen Stewart, led a Shibori workshop in which friends of the garden played with indigo dye and their imagination to create astonishing … Continue reading

Natural Dye Workshop in School Garden

 Saturday, July 2 after the Parade! at the School Garden — from Ashley Randall — The Orcas Island Farm to Cafeteria Program is hosting its first workshop for the summer this Saturday! We will be dyeing with natural indigo in ancient Japanese style. Fee is $5-10 sliding scale. Please bring … Continue reading

A Mediterranean Meal in the School Cafeteria

— by Ashley Randall — Last Wednesday in the public school’s cafeteria, over 300 plates went from full to empty throughout the lunch hour. Rosario Resort’s Executive Chef Raymond Southern acted as our third and final Celebrity Chef of the school year. Wearing a clean chef coat and a smile, … Continue reading

Last Celebrity Chef of the School Year

— from Ashley Randall — The school year is coming to an end, but that does not mean amazing food from our school cafeteria has to also. On Wednesday, May 25, the Farm to Cafeteria Program will host its third, and final, Celebrity Chef event of the school year. With … Continue reading

Savory Student Chef Success

— from Ashley Randall — On the morning of May 14, six middle school students arrived in the public school’s culinary arts room ready to wow our judges for the 2016 Student Chef Competition. Students set their cooking stations with cutting boards, knives, measuring cups and fresh ingredients. After a … Continue reading

Come to the Student Chef Competition

Saturday, May 14 starting at 10 a.m. in the School Culinary Arts Room — by Ashley Randall — On Saturday, May 14, one of the most anticipated student-focused culinary events will occur at the Orcas Island Public School. Several students from our 4th and 6th grade classes will be cooking … Continue reading

Vote Now and Help Two Orcas Projects Grow

— from Ashley Randall– The Orcas Farm-to-Classroom and Orcas Community Participatory Agriculture need YOUR VOTES to win a Seeds of Change grant. You can help these vibrant programs win popular vote by voting daily for both until Monday, April 18. The process is quick, easy, and doesn’t require a sign-up. … Continue reading