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Schoolyard Farms

Feb 21, 2014|

A discussion with Courtney Leeds and Brooke Hieserich, from Schoolyard Farms, about their pilot project designed to teach kids about the benefits of planting, cultivating and harvesting their own fruits and vegetables, as well as their ongoing plans to make the program sustainable. www.schoolyardfarms.org

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You're listening to -- -- through a series of interviews with people of interest to northwest Oregon and southwest Washington I'm your host has Douglass well and sure most of you have heard in the news over the years the childhood obesity is -- it is a way way up again at the same time there's still a lot of kids who are going. Hungry we have a food problem we have it in the country we haven't in the world we haven't here in Oregon. And I have some guests on today who have any answer to help us to at least give us along the path of fixing some of those issues especially their children in educating them with good foods to -- how that food is grown and also how to make some money and make the whole thing sustainable expect. It'll come -- will figure it out I have welcome to the show accord any leads she is the co-founder and director of schoolyard farms hurry according. Are you and good and Brooke I'm I'm gonna try less immature and -- scene. He stripped. Cannot tell right districts because she is the education director for schoolyard turned to look at the show Brooke so let's talk a little bit about -- -- first kick things off -- listeners know how you each team to be with disorganization within the organization itself -- when you insert. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I don't ever really didn't DiFrancesco and I and a fabric arm he's about five years ago and that kind of changed my life and change the direction of my highlight and district and I found myself doing the work it. Felt really meaningful and felt like I was. Contributing to something greater than myself and so it started to pursue that they went back to -- and started working on an agricultural projects down there particularly with the little city sorry and that is one of the only market -- in San Francisco and editing a lot of work laid up and you know read -- I mean. Areas that you can actually sells. Credit problems. Urban lots and things like I -- elect. Time I was there and -- from that I heard about saying her heart which is then -- southeast Portland and edit the meaning that urban educational iron fat is one of the urban farm in the country that -- -- apprenticeship program and so I had a pipe through the apprenticeship program there things got it and that. Brought me up support -- and -- very expensive. A year army there and learning how there amazing model works and how they're educating kids about student and that community about it. And why that's important and so from there I say it. What did I can start lamb project and -- -- -- -- that's when David and I we heard about the land I -- -- elementary school which is now says pilot site as we are tired and we let it go check it out and it was nearly. And eight at this school I had that they allow -- I'm sure I read that comes -- to help them. Manage their score card and then there's school farm and what happened there list. About a couple years before have we heard about the opportunity but parents and that he -- back for Iraqis as he Larry had wanted says. Start -- school garden at their school for their students and they've quickly realized that it was much much as that is to take on the secure I'm that they. I'm found some local Irish Americans aren't too as they could partner -- those firemen and could farmed the land and health maintenance tech school card it and that was -- as parents and teachers to get the full site and the armor could get it. So pretty and sell it. They actually can establish the tunnel before it even got back and and leave the ground work for that. And so those firings but didn't carry it live last. One -- -- and about how they are looking for you -- -- -- when captain and I. Thirteen and -- -- and it really does this is the base can get it -- that there are. Like 33 year raise and bills that -- Green house them. Hi -- just a -- at times he gave -- that he can grove. It in all year round. Little fat society that doesn't necessarily have to jump on the opportunity. And -- we were the thinking is -- and arrogant art project. I picked good people but yet -- member is -- thing at these seriously any bears the farm we could clear that this could be so much creators. And just so nervous aren't that. You know -- what is the obesity epidemic and the lack of fresh act. Is that we have -- that you. Take out that we -- to -- these kids -- say about where he comes from how to -- it and that we could circle that beat back without back to their cafeteria. It's about how we had our supply and. Very very cool. I -- were quite a little bit more about can the mission of the organization and how can the ins and outs of this actually works. The first let's let's hear from you Brooke how did you come to be with us we are farms. Great what are pegging -- my story is really sham election court means I apps are found myself. Including control external content investigating that really got. I think hurricane -- Jean van actually thinking that -- -- -- -- -- -- come on education try to change. I let the current king -- an organization called current Canadian tire and won't. And -- my count me -- -- like Fleury during the challenge is part of sperm in internship tragic Eric. England played licking -- can't convict her college -- can't change so can you need each school. Eric correct that and make choking that it achieved this -- -- printed that -- chic and didn't care I was -- for about three years. English farmer with a dark am I -- cracks in the fifteenth. -- -- -- Being garden based education we had a little garden about -- and I actually shrink. And it's very Cheryl Burke -- says that garden program dialing and terror aimed Q asking her and then machine here that Kremlin that linger at destined. I actually see all I can and can't satisfy myself stabbing pain increased and transparent. Style like Alice. Lady cast iron and -- garden and -- she and looking actual her -- the pros like Portland now Oxford topic -- needy and potential threat. Channel and that appeared on the years ago asking them trailing -- little garden needs education and nonprofit mentioning acts -- here. And I had a pretty interesting couple months and it would agree eakins. I have been looking high and low -- sustainable. Modeled her -- and they get to -- -- anger and apple is trying to create. Fantastic so let's talk a little bit about Italy we -- you mentioned that. How you guys came to be had you found this farm that they had kind of certainly a little bit on the on that but you mentioned in his interest -- -- of this which is that you sell the food back to the school so what is schoolyard firm's mission. -- so we kind of create healthier communities and the feet -- Apartment and the way we're -- if you that is based teaching kids how to -- it and where it comes from. And circling not sit back to their late night whether that means do the cafeteria or at Syria at the SH and it goes Hamas and -- How early can get that it input and output is also a big part. Sure sure sure yeah it's so much easier to get the -- -- non healthy food in due in -- kids. I have do your normal five year old sofa and I'm I'm living this right now. I can't take care where -- gas. Absolutely. Yeah and so let's let her game as -- The candy -- at their pilot it a little experiment here they're trying to figure this all out so that we can. Replicate this model that other school. And -- -- that believes. We've cultivated about an acre of -- schoolyard and turned it into your farms and that we bring the kids out from the floor every week in the fall on the -- And he can guard -- less than how to garden and basic gardening is definitely also. Integrate. The farm into the air craft and -- them at least he sat. Math and science and history through the farm. And that he had built by giving that -- bringing his outlook firemen exposing inland. -- the garden Q how street and that's an older crowd. And studies show that fat increases there at a positive attitude towards chicken vegetables and the likelihood that they will confuse them. Re not just this is such as this gross thing you by the story team -- you little more investment and it. Yeah exactly do they build that relationship. With created through the car and and that's critical vendors so important. And then you know just the man -- relations -- it. Getting that hit into the cafeteria. Really increases the chance that they will eat fast food because they they know that they could do it and that they had a part in it they are really excited about it yet I can't. This all goes currently we actually aren't able to tell because -- -- in the cafeteria we if we leave we'll be. I accept -- -- -- -- a lot of hurdles working with public schools and -- issues and and so we are needing to build -- fence around the farm. Get the seat in the cafeteria but that's -- going to be happening that praying and he'll get the student at the top but we we hear from making a solid and I think you. Can we get deeper look good at that the kid didn't you ask you take your kids get not excited about -- -- it -- -- -- so -- Sure sure genuine as -- -- your pilot there what are you looking forward Q coming up -- you have any plans you know the near future to move into another school. That's great now we we are and that they yet until -- -- a lot of exciting things happening in -- -- here stories building and they've also gotten a couple of grand how to build an outdoor classroom and -- him. But who really helped let -- with our educational program mean -- at -- partying with. -- -- -- water conservation district to help build. Conservation elements in black -- The going to be are really we're really trying to disputed by the army created space for these kids are really. Connect with he can connect with their kids. And are also -- seen a summer camp this year that Lil I'm fortunate to come out for a week climbs back and -- Learn how to -- it and and garden department and also I'm so that the hardest hit that they're rallying and -- it. And so the learning all of these skills than just getting in and -- Connected involved with their fears the honest what's happening right now I -- -- and so. We're still trying to figure out all of the pieces for how to -- that they've seen it -- and then once we do that's our. Our goal is to prevent that model to other schools and -- try to spread -- right. That's wonderful if you're just joining us you listening to match your scope series of interviews with people of interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. My guests today are corny leads the co-founder and director of schoolyard farms as well as Brooke. Are combining and attract well again. He's direct. Turkey's Zurich re education director schoolyard farms and we're talking about this program that they're starting up -- in the pilot phase that -- -- -- very successful and then they're hoping to move and and other schools and have it spread like wildfire there teaching kids about how to farm where their food comes from. With the hopes to give kids of a greater appreciation for that hits for the food that they need. -- do you think that that is going to help like in this wonderful world of the genetic alterations of foods. That -- these kids know how the food is grown in they actually see it grow they plant the seeds they cultivated -- -- harvested debt. When they've been here about genetic modification of that sort of thing that they can. The literate spread flexible little easier it seems like right now people hear those terms of GO most -- they don't know what exactly that means I it struck me in watching on your round. Your website which is schoolyard farms dot org anybody wants to re ups more on this project I've he had a video there any -- kids pulling the carrots on the ground. And those carrots don't look like the -- to get in the store they did -- they're they're a little -- older you know there -- little different they -- they taste great but they don't look as pretty. And they and that kind of struck me as like well these kids are now gonna know when they go to the store like let's put these -- these ones that are beautiful and -- perfect. Great great cat leaking Cherie Carroll -- and the kids are hanging back. Armor again looks -- on local EM and hardest hit trash can -- change its imperfect -- next I -- urged. And them it's exciting and -- can't speak your question about. The American won't seeking include the tankan meaning -- literature is that marketers feel like. Actually that we see every day it's kind of an extraction. I have learned being able to take it out kids and schoolyard and -- time -- on a weekly patients. Really don't let them at the top reaching needy can be part of that suits it couldn't insurance rates -- not just discontinued style parents picking occasion next. Really exciting little when you have and being and -- and then spent another extraction. So that's part of the need for schoolyard farms what other needs CC and we've we've -- -- a couple of childhood obesity of course being one. So we're educating these kids and and why is it that you think that we have. In obesity problem and hunger from the same time. So yeah physical hunger obesity -- that happening late -- And and a lot of that is did you. You know he acceptability of -- How I calories it and so we're pretty scene. All these really cheap -- -- calorie food the people are tired are consuming in greater numbers -- not causing the obesity problem. A lot of things I am people adults have access to nutrition is finishing it. Rich -- season so that's also contributing to the hunger problem. Interest and such as soon as literally eating hollow food -- as you can you tell you need all this food is not really helping you out. Say eating an occasion and that power and then be annexing it does that -- people that don't have access to -- that it. And while we're in the -- ticking time and so. -- just really that's me prayer education and around. A round where it comes from and how it -- So that so. The land that's is that -- -- factors that and he's the creators are overweight or obese in order again. And there is no and the recommendation from the PC -- how to prevent obesity. It is healthy living a healthy diet and exercise and they know real recommendation about I -- agreed upon recommendation about what fat diet is eat. But the -- agreed upon thing is it hit it contains five servings of treatment possible. The day. That's the one thing that blow. Her shirt help prevent obesity and -- What we're trying to get cleared -- it increase kid attitude towards positive attitude towards chicken vegetables and get them. The more likely to eat them here. Well and also teaching them how to produce them themselves because one of the problems with that. Five servings of fruits and vegetables and having a five year old a two year old I can attest to this is that indeed the good stuff. Is spending it's it's expensive and you get the you know the -- you say that the high calorie cheap food -- -- the operative word. The stuff that isn't as good for you is always less expensive as so it's a lot easier to hinges grow -- -- grabbed those pretty carrots on the shelf brother angle for the organic stuff. So and so here -- teaching kids you know and and -- a great city this -- drive around airport London -- you know you see any number of gardens in the -- neighborhoods and things like that these neighborhoods -- -- that have come around to cultivate these things is wonderful but to teach these kids -- here's what you can do it and you know it's not that hard. He's seen a unit full of the working to -- -- little garden in your backyard and grow your own food than Europe Torre about the the GM -- in these sort of things. Yeah she may not me they -- get a tiny ring -- current -- In the garden gate and start asking to take -- complicate. Trained -- -- common and you wanna start cardinals. -- they want a garden with their parents and their sibling -- even their grandparents if you want to bring. Their camera can include a card game. I think they're bringing he'd have completely -- state. You need to cut at throwing in the garden and terrible -- and I really capable of any and -- at stake here I'm. Can you let there raining -- and a relay. Right so how do we make this work can we make this sustainable and you got a couple problems -- You know cultivate -- one acre garden as you have there our -- was available there are continuing to cultivate that they did does take a lot of work it takes a lot of man hours and and he's got some some farmers are reformers -- and into helping -- that I think you've also got you know the year round issuer Summers are often that's where things Heidi keep. These farms -- schoolyard farm sustainable. He has no one -- -- the 100 you're not as I the FBI not from this school gardening yet beautiful farm. And and ask that means we need -- about an acre of a -- -- securities and -- did so that we can -- it. And so a lot of our funding genes inside selling in the parity is. I'm his PSA membrane switch and take immediate support agriculture. Where it as a man very EU it is bad. And in the fire in the beginning of the season and exchange data about me -- get a share of the producer out. From here until October or throughout the growing season and those who -- -- thirties yet they membrane. Cannot help fund as they keep it going and then we also ideal start to sell the seat back to the cafeteria at the all. Also blocked a last. And then additionally it will. They're hosting summer camp. And getting other feed for service programs like fat that also helped us generate revenue to keep us going to let up and makes us different from. A traditional score card and which is usually just volunteer run -- -- started they're really in devoted parents like he cherry and they are standard with the nature. School and then move on Ford get burned out it is it's a lot of work and the people. Get really excited about it in the beginning and then they can't say they decided they -- as this is Rainwater that night. Can't vote so they can have a NN graphic up there really common. Story here at school gardens and so. So what we're trying to do is -- -- -- the -- they keep -- You know it you can't find it bureaucracy and and at all -- -- -- there in the summer because. -- -- -- -- -- We are hardly seen Indian and so where there are pretty much everything the Republicans -- We have the sizable land to to guard on yeah. And Merrimack. Yes. Gas and it does -- good community that -- -- our neighbors think he's very involved and what's happening in the secret about that is not happening. And that brings people out and working together and communicate even -- -- a great thing how practical. Very -- we're -- appear on the in overtime but I wanted to just kind of reiterates -- the things into anybody's join mr. in the program here just in general how school yard farms does benefit the community overall. It's an aesthetic aspect for that community health you know it creates the -- For the communities to gather and come together and sort getting to know each other and that is also. Where are growing fit for our community and so they're creating its security. A lot of our neighbors are here to the piracy as saying that there is that we just walk. -- -- -- -- -- And so we're creating access to crested and then -- they're creating bush I Iraq earlier in the eco literacy and having indicated. Aware as. GM than what you know let's put it looks like when it actually crown and Harvick took it and those by having kids so whereas. Whether it comes and the power ground they will be more area invested in their kids that sentiment and in their house they were creating more -- Our awareness so Marty the literacy throughout the creating environmental hilarious because now all the and the kids understand why it's important here a little. How is natural habitat throughout it has beneficial impact and how compost them all that payment process -- -- success that is very valuable thing. It also has so many benefits that we haven't even talked about in terms of their education. In terms of academic performance and Escobar and those wonderful things -- -- kids' education. We'll share anything that can help kids get more invested in their school time I mean I was big band. Was the reason I went to school there today say oh yeah I'm also learning but the fun part. Who was the visiting the kept me invested and say here you have you get these kids interest and so did is going to teach them. And also give them a reason observed come to school every day and be more involved. So cool so cool so how can we get people to get involved people who listen to this and think this is this is great -- how we get this to my school how to play. Volunteer my time how can you some money all that stuff. Yeah app series legally what are less safe and -- ex firemen got bored and I'll all of that information on the -- I'm absolutely you're into an imbalance gain we -- Definitely use help up out there we're gonna have -- days. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Anyone can come out and help us on the farm will also be having actual construction projects. Early in the greens are building up and coming out jackpot and many people can help cut the -- I was -- -- -- -- -- -- Raining but -- I -- every summer camps that it is huge stress that helped keep us going throughout the year and so. Like it interrupting camp from -- imminent so they are can't sit in in one week questions and the second -- it out because he had and that will help keep our program going. On the night make donations still are let's say -- -- -- buttons right on the home page yeah I Norton because yes they member of the episode have yet -- memberships available also. Get a -- so accessible to every week or last week. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Let's gray -- talk about farm to table learn as. Yeah yeah that's. He literally. A fantastic we'll have. Think you both so much for coming on the program today -- sounds like fascinating program thinking shot -- that absolutely no way and wish you all the success in the world we certainly -- News some more food education for kids go into the future here let them know. -- the good foods are for the bad foods are. And how to make the best decisions. And had to grow their own food is this something you're a great great program again I've been talking to Courtney leads the co-founder and director and Brooke. Storage. The education director for schoolyard farms. Need to find out more about it schoolyard farms dot org. Anchorage you know they're checking out a pretty comprehensive web -- and all kinds of ways you can jump onboard and enjoy the fun of this wonderful program. Thank you again both so much for coming on the show today. All right that'll do it for this edition of -- -- Entercom communications public affairs program. I think your host attend Douglas -- -- -- nonprofit or public affairs organization they would like to let others know about please email me at metro scope at intercom dot com and intercom starts with an. And please put masters cup in the subject line so it doesn't get snagged by my spam filter according go directly to the station's website click on the community link to submit your information there. 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