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Slow Food Baton Rouge is offer Greauxing Healthy Baton Rouge, our pilot farm-to-school program emphasizing gardening, cooking, nutrition, and healthy living in local elementary schools.
What is Greauxing Healthy Baton Rouge?
The relationship with food that young people develop through Greauxing Healthy Baton Rouge empowers them to make positive decisions concerning their own health and nutrition and that of their families and neighbors. What we eat is a cornerstone of who we are--physically, personally, and culturally. We facilitate gardening, nutrition, and food systems education in local elementary schools in the hope we might help strengthen our urban communities and work against our cities' growing health crises.
We aren't trying to raise the next generation of farmers. Instead, we are partnering with exceptional teachers and administrators in our public schools so that the next generation of bankers, lawyers, teachers, business people, artists, doctors, AND farmers will all have a greater appreciation for where their food comes from, for how to buy and eat well, and for how essential a healthy and connected community is for a good life.
Greauxing Healthy Baton Rouge was intially nade possible by contributions from Whole Foods, BlueCross BlueShield, a USDA Farm to School grant, and donors to Slow Food Baton Rouge.
What we do
Greauxing Healthy Baton Rouge partners with local teachers, administrators, PTOs, and volunteers to improve food and food production education in our elementary schools. Our curriculum is a replication of the Sustainable Food Center's award-winning Sprouting Healthy Kids program in Austin, Texas. Our philosophy is hands-on and community-based. With our help, students design their own gardens and planting schedules, learn the basics of how to grow and eat with the seasons, meet growers and chefs from their own communities, and ultimately share their experiences with each other and their families.
We are also firm believers that producing food is an interdisciplinary and generalist affair. Our in-school and after-school programs provide real world extension to students' lessons in math, social studies, and the sciences. Imagine applying geography to mapping the origins of students' families' food, seeing biology play out in real life as bean seeds are dissected and sprouted, testing math skills as they plan and build their garden beds, and witnessing the magic of chemistry and physics as their crops growing bigger, taller, and more delicious.
Our programming is provided by Slow Food Baton Rouge's expert board, our staff, and interns from LSU.
This semester, we are excited to be partnering with The Dufrocq School through their in-school MicroSociety curriculum, and the Baton Rouge FLAIM School's after-school groups. Our program is still in its pilot stage, but we are looking to expand to more classes and schools in the coming seasons. If you are interested in seeing your children participate, tell your school administrators to contact Slow Food Baton Rouge through the links below.
How you can help
Greauxing Healthy Baton Rouge's curriculum includes lots of room for community members to participate. Whether it's new guest speakers, extra hands to do some lifting, or hungry bellies to buy from a student-run market, we're always looking for interested community members to help out.
If you're interested in volunteer opportunities with Greauxing Healthy Baton Rouge, view and complete our Volunteer Application here. If you're a local grower or chef, contact our board at firstname.lastname@example.org for exciting opportunities in our community.
You can check out our progress and stay up to date with our most recent classes and fundraising events at slowfoodbr.org.
View this information as a printable brochure here: