The decisions schools make around food procurement shapes how they literally and metaphorically nourish the next generation.
The benefits of growing food in school gardens have the potential to extend far beyond the classroom.
“If part of what comes from this is that we realize all the people who are handling the food from the beginning on the farm to the end of the chain are really vital. We need to treat them better, pay them better, give them benefits.”
“When chefs are able to see that they can be creative with school food and they can help change the palates of our youngest generation – I think it brings more culinary talent into this field,” says Fleishman.
At a recent Food Tank Live event in Chicago, Dani had the chance to speak with Jose Oliva, campaign director of HEAL Food Alliance. Their mission is to use collective power to create food and farm systems that are healthy for the farmer, the consumer, and the economy.
Bennett Haynes, Chief of Produce of Beefsteak, tells Food Tank about his work, his inspiration, and opportunities he sees for farmers in development, marketing, and making connections with others in the food system.