The Burlington School Food Project integrates the management of school gardens and food education with the district’s food service department. Our growing farm to school team manages a half-acre farm at Hunt Middle School, the high school gardens, a greenhouse and an orchard at Smith Elementary. We believe that hands-on education is critical to a student’s acceptance of fruits and vegetables in their daily diet. In the spring of 2014 we will launch our very own food truck and culinary job training program for high school students. This project will focus on students growing, harvesting, cooking and selling farm fresh meals while learning to run a small business.
On the food service end of things we offer healthy, wholesome, and delicious meals to 4,000 students in the Burlington School District daily. More than one-third of our food purchases are direct from area producers and farms including chicken, dairy, grass-fed beef, vegetables, and apples.
Through local purchasing and the cultivation of a new school food culture for students, the Burlington School Food Project contributes to a robust local economy and vibrant farming community.