Andy Nowak is a pioneer and national thought leader in the school garden and garden-to-cafeteria movement. From 2001-2012, Andy led efforts to bring gardening (60 gardens!), fresh produce (2.5 tons / year!), agricultural literacy and so much more into the lives of elementary school children in Denver Public Schools (DPS). From this pioneering work with Slow Food Denver, Andy joined the national leadership of Slow Food USA as their Director of the National School Garden Program. Today, Andy is carrying his message to an ever wider audience and making a positive difference in the lives of more children and in the landscape of more communities.
– IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN –
- What “slow food” means
- How learning to eat well is easiest with kids
- How DPS school gardens program started
- Why peanuts are the best plant to turn kids on to gardening
- What it’s like to be a kid in a school with a garden program
- How changing big organizations requires working from the inside
- How partnerships drive adoption and ensure sustainability
- The power of “taste education”
- How scratch cooking changed DPS’s kitchens
- Why regulatory gaps are just opportunities!
- How gardens can help teach children business skills
- How Chipotle is stepping up to take this message further
- Where you can find resources to bring this to your community!
– LINKS & RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE –
- DPS Garden, Greenhouse and Urban Farm Program
- Slow Food USA National School Garden Program
- Slow Food Denver
- Youth Farmers’ Markets
- Chipotle and Slow Food USA Partnership
- School Food FOCUS
- Steele Elementary
- TED Talk: TEDxThePineSchool; Denver’s Seed to Table Program
- TED Talk: TEDxColoradoSprings; Colorado Farm to School
- Andy’s bio at Slow Food USA
- Fed Up movie
- The Kraft-Heinz merger
- Chef Frank Bonanno’s interview on MHLV
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