Snapshot of Service: Local Foods Week in NC

Last week, Guilford County celebrated local foods with classes, events and meals throughout the county. Here are some highlights from our week of service:

Around The World Camps
Tuesday kicked off our Around The World Cooking and Gardening Camps at the Oak View and Southside Rec Centers. Throughout the summer, kids will learn about different food cultures by tending international gardens and preparing dishes from five countries. Last week, we made plant labels and prepared a Chinese stir-fry.

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Totally Tortillas!
Wednesday evening, we had more than 40 participants for our “Totally Tortillas!” class at the High Point Public Library. We read Gary Paulsen’s The Tortilla Factory and discussed the life cycle of tortillas from seed to plate. Then kids made tortillas from scratch, chopped veggie toppings, and had a fiesta. Thank you to all of our volunteers for making this event such a success!

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Building A Shade Structure
On Thursday, volunteers from Green Street Baptist Church came out to Oak Hill Elementary to help install a shade structure. They dug three-foot holes, mixed and poured 1,000 pounds of concrete, and installed the structure. We’re excited that kids at Oak Hill will have another reason to take their education outdoors in the future!

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Veggie Self Portraits
On Saturday, we wrapped up local foods week with a veggie art competition at the Sandy Ridge Farmers Market. Children created self portraits using whole-wheat wraps, hummus, and a variety of fresh vegetables from the market. We had lots of creative (and delicious) veggie faces!

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About Marissa Finn, Guilford County Cooperative Extension
When Marissa was a little girl, she threw her bottle and pacifier down the stairs and begged for “real food.” More than two decades later, her passion for real food has grown into a part of her everyday life. Marissa graduated in May 2014 with a Masters in Food Studies from NYU, where she focused her research on school food politics and Hispanic and Latino food cultures in New York City. She has taught children’s nutrition, cooking and gardening classes for the past five years, but her hands-on experiences with FoodCorps have been her most profound and rewarding. In the long run, Marissa is trying to figure out how she can balance an interest in politics and federal nutrition assistance programs with an interest in hands-on work with kids. View all posts by Marissa Finn, Guilford County Cooperative Extension →