Farm to School Program is Bursting at the Seams!

Happy Spring!  Here’s a peek into what’s going on in Farm to School this month.

Jr Iron Chef Competition heats up at NU!

Earlier this month, students from five culinary classes competed in Nevada Union’s Junior Iron Chef Competition to craft the winning recipe featuring April’s Harvest of the Month ingredient: Microgreens (pea shoots and sunflower greens)!

2018 Junior Iron Chef Competition NU High School


Through Kelli Morris’s Nevada Union high school culinary program, 150 students showcased the pea and sunflower greens in a number of innovative ways including salads, pizza, smoothies, and wraps. These budding chefs presented their recipes to a talented panel of guest judges from the community that included many accomplished restaurateurs and entrepreneurs: the mayor of Grass Valley, Howard Leving, the Assistant Superintendent of Nevada Joint Union High School District, Dan Frisella, a former Sunset Magazine writer and recipe creator, Stephanie Spencer, owner of Tess’s Kitchen store, Steve Rosenthal, former San Francisco Restaurant owner, Kwong Chew, curator of local favorite Polly’s Paladar, Megan Hart, and one of Sierra Harvest’s best volunteers, Rick Baron.  Read more including the top recipes!

Camp registration is open

Summer is right around the corner and that means the Food Love Farm is hosting another year of camp- register now for the early bird discount!

There are two sessions of fun on the farm: July 9-13 and July 16-20.  Camp activities run from 9AM-1PM, with each day having its own unique theme around food and farming.  Come for the week or drop in for the day. 

Food Love Summer Camp participant - 2017

Campers will be planting seeds, harvesting vegetables and flowers, seed saving, feeding chickens, taste testing and cooking fresh foods, searching for and identifying bugs and reptiles, creating art projects on the farm, trying their hand at photography, running a mock farmer’s market and more! 

The cost is $205 per camper (through May 31) –  $225 per camper (after June 1). Scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis.  Contact Farmer Emily for details.  There is also an “a la carte” option of coming for just the day for $50.  Camp is open to kids ages 6 -11.