District officials say after-school sports can count toward PE credits, but also make it hard to administer state fitness exams to all the requisite students, especially at the ninth-grade level. Photo: Berkeley Unified School District A recent state report that includes fitness test results for Berkeley students in three grades shows the district’s ninth-graders falling […]
Parents and kids filled Berkeley’s council chambers to speak out to the School Board about the importance of the district’s gardening and cooking programs, Nov. 13, 2012. Photo: Emilie Raguso Parents and kids filled Berkeley’s council chambers to speak out to the School Board about the importance of the district’s gardening and cooking programs, Nov. […]
Katrina Heron, a veteran journalist, takes over the reins at The Edible Schoolyard Project.
Three Berkeley elementary schools secure additional federal funding for their cooking and gardening programs for the next academic year.
A new global group — with roots here in Berkeley — wants to put the play (and some risk) back in childrens’ outdoor environments.
Kids eat the fruits of their labor at Berkeley's Malcolm X Elementary School. Photo: Rivka Mason Late last night, the Berkeley Unified School District School Board voted to authorize funding up to $350,000 for three elementary schools — Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Washington — that were in danger of losing their gardening and cooking […]
The end of salad days for some BUSD students? Photo: Rivka Mason This week, Berkeley parents and community members rallied to find ways to secure funds to save the gardening and cooking programs at three local elementary schools. The programs at Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Washington, whose combined budgets are $372,000, are threatened because, under existing guidelines, […]
Cooking and gardening programs at three Berkeley elementary schools may face cuts.
Potentially lost in the tsunami of stories of all things Chez Panisse this week — see yesterday’s Berkeleyside Wire and this post today for a fraction of the coverage circulating in anticipation of the 40th anniversary celebrations that start in earnest tonight — is the fact that the weekend long festivities are, at their heart, […]
The winning table displays their dishes By Gary Alinder You’ve all watched the Food Network’s Iron Chef: two chefs have an hour to prepare five dishes based around a secret ingredient, and three judges award points based on flavor, originality and presentation. Last week I had the privilege of being a judge at an end-of–term Iron […]
Author and green schoolyard advocate Sharon Gamson Danks. Photo: Maia and Ayden Danks. In the course of her travels researching her new book Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation, Sharon Gamson Danks was struck by two things: First, the United States is a world leader in school food gardens and Berkeley is firmly […]
“If They Cook It, They Will Eat It,” one of the short films in the Lunch Love Community series. Photo: Sophie Constantinou “If They Cook It, They Will Eat It,” one of the short films in the Lunch Love Community series. Photo: Sophie Constantinou The successes — and shortcomings — of the Berkeley Unified School […]