World-class chefs inspire ‘food literacy’ among elementary schoolers

On January 7th, chefs Jamie Oliver, Ann Cooper, and Alice Waters met at Pacific Elementary School in Sacramento to tour of the school garden and assist young aspiring chefs as they make lunch for the dozens of guests. The video is on Access Sacramento.

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Free nutrition classes give a boost to Oak Park

Community health groups joined with Sacramento County to offer a three-part series of healthy eating classes this summer, aimed at educating singles and families about eating nutritious food on a budget and busy schedule.  “The classes specifically are addressing the learning needs of individuals… These classes about healthy eating suit the community because people want more knowledge about the […]

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Students present a roadmap for a healthier neighborhood

A student-led plan is underway to ensure, by 2020, that residents of Boyle Height’s housing project Ramona Gardens will eat better, have fewer chronic health conditions, and be exposed to less pollution. Students from the neighborhood presented a year’s worth of in-depth research on major problems affecting their community. “Everyday I passed by and didn’t even know these were […]

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School garden nurtures academics

While an aggressive food and beverage industry is busy creating giant health challenges for children, programs like the Growing Together School Garden Initiative are fighting back, and helping to rebuild and illuminate health and nutrition for youth. The gardens also create an opportunity to combine food education with broader science. “I have noticed that my students are becoming much more aware of nutrition. […]

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Lunch for Long Beach students could be getting better

It used to be that students in Long Beach complained loudly about school lunches, comparing them to “prison food” and saying they resorted to fast food and sweets to avoid them. But things seem to have changed. Programs that sought to raise nutrition standards in school are having an effect, even on the large food distribution centers that feed Long Beach Students. Read […]

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The GMO’s hiding in your food

With nutritional labels everywhere, people tend to not worry too much about what is in their food. The scary truth is that the ingredients produced with genetically-modified organisms are not labeled as such in your food’s ‘nutritional facts’.  Learn about common foods commonly produced with GMO’s in a video on Access Sacramento.

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Urban gardening: the future of California agriculture?

A new ‘Urban Agriculture Ordinance’ in the Sacramento area will offer tax breaks to incentivize edible community gardens, and create a new market for fruits and vegetables grown within walking distance from the consumers.  “[U]rban farming includes different kinds of activities: physical work, social interaction, design and planning on various scales, and business tasks. I love that urban farming reconnects […]

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Boyle Heights residents learn how to grow their own food

City non-profits hosted the first parent garden workshop at Roosevelt High, expanding the student food-growing program out to families.  Workshop attendees learned about garden maintenance and composting, as well as the basic foundation of the life of plants.  “Knowing where your food comes from and knowing what you’re growing is really special. The more you grow […]

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