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School Gardens & Wellness Policy – Tues. Feb. 18

Did you know . . .

  • Students can no longer do a fresh tasting from the food they have grown in their school garden?
  • PTA sponsored events must have a person certified at the same level and cost as a restaurant if the food is to be sold or served to the community?

Are you confused about what the rules truly are? Are you frustrated how this has
impacted wellness initiatives at your school and added costs to your PTA?

Michele Hayes (Wellness Council) and Lynn Hyndman (SAGE School Gardens) have been actively working with the city and D65 administration to try to develop a solution that both considers the safety of the children as well as goals of the Wellness Council and PTA.

Lynn will also be sharing new garden activities related to wellness initiatives.

Then this is your chance to come and share your cares and concerns with the
City Health Department. Please encourage your parent community to come
to this PTA Council meeting, Tuesday, February 18th, 7:00pm, Orrington School, 2636 Orrington Ave.

Edible Gardens in District 65 – Jan. 23

You won’t want to miss the next SAGE (Schools Are Gardening in Evanston) Conversation – Wednesday, January 23, at 10am at The Ecology Center – when we’ll welcome Don Stevenson, District 65 Director of Buildings and Grounds.

Don will be sharing how his department partners with edible garden teams across the district. It will be a great opportunity to come with questions about how Don’s department works and how best to liaise with him in support of school gardening efforts.

There will also be a “virtual tour”  – see pictures of the thriving school gardens all across Evanston without stepping into the cold.

Visit the SAGE website to learn more about the work they’ve been doing in D65 schools.