Orange high school students are learning through hands-on experience about food production through the new Youth Food Literacy Program.
The Orange County Register chronicled how 13 juniors and seniors from El Modena and Orange high schools are participating in the program – a collaboration between Orange Home Grown, the city of Orange and the Orange Unified School District, with funding from the Picerne Family Foundation.
Through the program, students have learned about seeds, picked vegetables at the Orange Home Grown education farm, met with farmers at Orange Home Grown’s Saturday morning farmers market, visited with bakers and business owners at OC Baking Company and Haven Gastropub, and donned their own chef hats to make pasta at the CulinaryLab Cooking School, according to the Register.
One of the main lessons organizers hope students will take away from the experience is to follow the food chain to gain a first-hand understanding of where food is coming from – not just the view from the dinner table, said coordinator Glory Johnson said.
Here are a few other news items from throughout Orange County for the week ending Feb. 23.
- The legacy of Dr. Kevin Armstrong and his commitment to the community continues to live on through the Kevin Armstrong, M.D. Memorial Sports Foundation, which is hosting its 10th annual golf tournament on Monday, April 2.
- A project coordinated by the non-profit National History Day organization seeks to tell the stories of fallen WWII heroes by empowering a handful of student-and-teacher teams to conduct extensive research.
- Orange County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Al Mijares says that more than anything, we owe it to students to provide them with safe and secure campuses where learning thrives.
- Despite an improving economy and new efforts to recruit teachers, California’s teacher shortage is showing no signs of easing up. In fact, shortages are becoming more severe in many communities.
- Senate Bill 1119 would increase the number of low-income residents and college students eligible for free or reduced fares on public transportation in an effort to alleviate traffic congestion and improve parking around community colleges and universities.
- About 150 students, parents and teachers gathered outside Los Alamitos High for the pro-gun control demonstration. Passing drivers continually honked, presumably as a display of support.
- A video by Cerro Villa Middle School’s Ryann White, “Erase Your Mistakes,” was selected as the Best Middle School Drug Awareness Video for 2017-18 by the Orange Elks Lodge 1475.
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