SACRAMENTO, CA - Surrounded by shovels and balloons, school leaders, students and Mayor Kevin Johnson launched what they call the only edible classroom project in the region.
A few yards of Sacramento High School will be turned into a garden; the students will have the chance to grow fruits and vegetables, eat them, provide them to other students in the cafeteria, or even sell them.
According to a news statement, "the mission of Edible Sac High is to provide students with the tools they will need to assume ownership for the well-being of themselves and the student body at large. Edible Sac High provides these tools through a fully integrated curriculum across three main activities: a school garden, a kitchen classroom, and a student-run cafeteria."
Johnson, along with world-renowned chef Alice Waters, said the goal is to educate students on how their food choices affect their health, the environment, and their communities.
"Today's ground breaking represents the incredible opportunity to bring Alice's vision to Sacramento and teach our children the skills and knowledge necessary for them to be healthy for life," Johnson said in the statement. "Through 'Edible Sac High' we have the chance to not only transform a school but a community, giving Sac High students the tools to influence friends and family to be healthier. Ultimately, this project is our chance to help students achieve in the classroom and through hands-on experiences, how they see food as a transformational opportunity in their everyday lives."
About 90 students will be a part of the Edible Sac High program, which is just getting off the ground.
The students need plenty of resources, tools and help. A list can be found at www.ediblesachigh.org