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National School Lunch Week and the food revolution at home

13 Oct

Thank you Michael Pollan, for spreading the word about school lunch. Being aware of all the so-called “food” that is being served to our children at many schools across the country, inspires the food revolution we feel so strongly about. Making a difference in this generation’s lives is what inspires our work on a daily basis. The food revolution is what it is, and grows or not, because of all of our small daily actions to make it so – to make a substantial difference.

We are all a part of this revolution when we do simple wonderful things, such as shopping at our local farmer’s markets, cooking together and sitting down as a family for a shared meal, or growing a garden, no matter how small. Imagine your child getting ready to move into his or her own home, and having as a priority a sunny spot for something to grow, and a proper kitchen to make daily magic happen. Imagine all children all over the country caring about where their food comes from, with an understanding that a farmer’s plight is our own.

It’s sometimes difficult for healthy food to compete with the insane amount of advertising that children are bombarded with every day for unhealthy “treats”.   There are no cartoon characters dancing to a broccoli jingle, no toy prize at the bottom of a bunch of kale.  Nevertheless, in our cafeterias, kids are trying broccoli and kale and loving it. If we eat it with enthusiasm, make it together, and share it up without pressure, even the most timid of eaters, eventually can find their way to eating vegetables.

This is the season of plenty, if you are in Brooklyn this Saturday, consider attending the Field-to-Fork Culinary Festival at Borough Hall, October 15 from 11:30am – 3pm. There will be tastings from local food restaurants to benefit Seeds in the Middle, a pilot project in Crown Heights to help residents improve their diets. Tickets are $35 for six plates of food in advance from Tastes of Brooklyn, $45 at the event.