Hudson Valley Parent

HVP April 2015

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16 Hudson Valley Parent ■ April 2015 better food in her daughter's school. Before she knew it, the Hudson Valley Farm to School initiative was born, and her mission reached schools throughout the region. "By 2010, we started a small program with chefs coming to the school to do demos of healthy food," she says. "Initially, we had a very small grant, but when teachers saw how much the kids loved the demos, everyone wanted them. And because the program was small to begin with, we learned very quickly. Now the program is in every classroom, the children learn about featured veg- etables on an academic level — its nutritional profile, the country it orig- inates from — in addition to creating dishes with it." Students from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park visit Hal- dane to help children make recipes from locally grown vegetables, using as many items pulled from the school garden as possible. The school cafeteria then recreates the dish the chefs and students make together and serve it in their school lunch. McKelvey recruited Hudson +ITT.WZ)

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