Monday is Planting Day at Phillis Wheatley Elementary!

Phillis Wheatley's garden beds.

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink will join Roots in the City on Monday, October 18 for an edible school garden Planting Day at Overtown’s Phillis Wheatley Elementary School.  The event signifies another milestone in our partnership with this urban farm non-profit to increase access to healthy, locally-grown produce in the community.  Now extending into education, work began last spring with food stamp recipients and the activation of Wholesome Wave Foundation‘s Double Value Coupon Program at the Roots in the City Farmers Market; the market will enter its second season in November.  Details to come on the re-opening, soon!

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In the Genuine Kitchen with… Frank McGee, Roots in the City Grower

Frank shows off his Georgia cane syrup. Hedy approved.

He had us at “cracklin’ bread.”

I’m speaking of Frank McGee, Dr. Marvin Dunn’s new grower at Roots in the City who is taking over responsibility of the day to day management of this Overtown non-profit’s urban garden plots.  Maggi Pons can now focus on sales and marketing for Roots’ growing produce business — and get her feet more wet in projects like reviving Phillis Wheatley Elementary’s edible school garden and her role as farmers market manager. Yay, we get more Maggi time!  Always a good thing.

When Michael and I met Frank for the first time about a month ago, at Roots’ new warehouse (which happens to nuzzle Phillis Wheatley’s athletic field on NW 20th Street and Northwest 1st Place,) he  talked a big game: stewed tomatoes, collard greens, ribs, and that heavenly sounding pork cracklin’ bread, made in a skillet on the stovetop.  No sooner did the words escape his mouth that Michael extended an invitation to Frank to join us one Saturday in the MGFD kitchen to see what all the hype was about.  That Saturday was yesterday.  Suffice to say that Frank walks the walk!  Check out his skills in the video we produced below.

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Chefs Move to Schools in Miami: Michael, Roots in the City & Phillis Wheatley Elementary

With the help of Roots in the City grower and project manager Maggi Pons, we met a few weeks ago with Principal Catalina Flor of Phillis Wheatley Elementary School in Overtown to see how we might all work together to activate Chefs Move to Schools, part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to raise a healthier generation of kids in America. Chefs Move to Schools engages chefs to help teach students and parents about nutrition, and making balanced and healthy choices.

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