[UPDATED] FOOD DAY 2012: Chickens & Eggs, Students & Seedlings, Farmers & Chefs, and a Genuine Team

Update: After the questions, answers, seeds, seedlings, water trips, duck eggs, chicken eggs, and quiche with the fourth and fifth graders at Phillis Wheatley Elementary over the last three days, here are your pics from Planting Day and Food Day. The Edible School Garden is gorgeous thanks to the kids and our amazing group of volunteers who came out yesterday, special thanks to Melisa Phifer farm director Earth N Us who kept all our seedlings in a row! And to Keith for organizing so much on the kitchen and farm end for us! Today there was as much reaction to Brad’s zucchini and tomato quiche as questions and answers to Keith about chickens and eggs. We can’t wait for more Phillis Wheatley fun! Stay tuned for gardening lessons, a harvest, more cooking and a field trip to Earth N Us farm yet to come this school year.

Some of you might remember our farmer friend Dale from our #SoBeWFF farm-to-table brunch this past spring. Here, all his eggs in a basket, from quail to poulet to duck.

To me, the egg is a perfect creation. From meringue to tiramisu, meatballs to fried chicken, souffles to egg cream sodas (which isn’t even egg related, but I would argue that the the three little letters in the name make it somehow creamier). A fresh egg can make everything better.  Rice cake anyone??

When we heard about FOOD DAY 2012, which this year falls on Wednesday, October 24 and celebrates eating “real” food, I first thought of our Miami-Dade County Public Schools Chef Partnership school Phillis Wheatley Elementary in Overtown.  Immediately after, eggs.   What better way to celebrate healthy, affordable, and sustainable food, than with eggs, and better yet — an EGGstravaganza. (Would you like some cheese with your eggs? I do!)

Seedlings at Little River Garden ready for PLANTING DAY at Phillis Wheatley’s Edible School Garden

First, we would get to work re-plant the school garden, something we do each year by working with the school’s Science Coach, Kelley Garcia for 2012-13.  Enlisting head server and gardener for the Michael’s Genuine courtyard orchids and Harry’s Pizzeria herb gardens, Himnahtooyah, for his expertise, and the aways enthusiastic server Tara Kaiser for some extra helping hands, our in-house cook/neighborhood farmer/goat whisperer/produce forager Keith Kalmanowitcz,  stepped right up. to get seedlings from a few of our favorite local gardens and donated some of his own from Earth N Us farm to hold our third annual planting day on Tuesday, October 23.

Next, I immediately got to work on activities for the following day and called our local EGGspert (I’m finished, promise) farmer Dale Volkert of Lake Meadow Naturals in Ocoee, FL and asked if he would come down to help us with a presentation.  Unfortunately, the response I received from Dale was that he couldn’t make it, since it would fall during his rare but necessary annual vacation, but he went on to say…

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