To kick things off for our second year of working with Phillis Wheatley Elementary School in Overtown, Principal Catalina Flor invited us back for Open House to share information with her faculty, students and parents about their edible school garden. We presented a $500 check to Ms. Flor and new assistant principal Yolanda Ellis, generously donated from Les Dames d’Escoffier Miami, to replant and maintain the 2011-2012 garden and help the new Science Coach, Tracie Faigenblat incorporate it into math and science curriculum. We are assessing the state of the garden beds with gardener Maggi Pons, and will be purchasing seeds and setting a date for Planting Day soon so that the learning can begin. This year, Michael will again work with students to create another fresh, healthy, and tasty item for the school cafeteria lunch menu, like last year’s Grilled Rosemary Chicken Salad which is now available in cafeterias throughout the school system and in fancy new healthy vending machines. Michael will also visit the school periodically to cook and show that it is fun and easy to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into one’s daily routine! We sampled Georgia Peach and Local Radish Salad last night, and in an hour it was all gobbled up, just like the Beet and Heirloom Tomato Salad from 2010-2011’s Open House. We had at least 15 people take recipe cards to make it at home, and also collected names and contact information from parents interested in our program by raffling off three of Michael’s cookbooks. It was great fun. Onward and upward for this newly minted “A” grade school. We couldn’t be more proud!