Garden Produce for School Lunches
This pilot program will teach students and the community about the many uses of herbs and how to grow them. A produce washing sink area will be built in the garden area and processing equipment will be purchased to preserve the herbs and other garden produce. Students will learn food safety skills by using processing equipment to produce dried and fresh herbs for the school and the White Center Food Bank. Students will study to pass food handling permit exams while learning how to process the herbs, thus increasing employability in the local food industry. A curriculum will be created around the garden and food safety content for future students. The community will be invited to participate in the project via on-site seminars with subjects ranging from creating herbal tea to learning about native pollinators. Eventually, the garden produce and herbs will be able to be supplied to the school lunch program in cooperation with Highline School District. Curriculum surrounding the project may be shared sooner and benefit other area schools.
Mary joined KCD in late 2015 and currently serves as Senior Manager for the Regional Food System Program. Mary came to KCD from Cascade Harvest Coalition, a non-profit which she founded and directed since 1999. Mary brings more than three decades of passion, experience and expertise in natural resource management, agricultural economics, and food system development. Mary coordinates the KCD Regional Food System Program, including Strategic Initiatives and Food System Grants, with the goals of making an enduring contribution toward strengthening King County’s food economy. Mary’s education includes a BS in Political Economy of Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics from Montana State University, Bozeman. Outside of work, Mary enjoys hiking the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her yellow lab, Libby, and photography.