Edible School Garden News

January 8, 2014 in Slow Food Schools

Vitamix Machines for School Garden Programs Thanks to the amazing Stefanie Saks, Vitamix has agreed to supply Edible School Gardens with re-furbished Vitamix machines. The Springs Seedlings Project has already received one for their Food Justice and after school programs.  In order to receive a Vitamix, schools must submit a description of their school garden program and how it is incorporated into the school curriculum.  You can see the materials that were supplied by Springs Seedlings as an example of what was accepted by clicking here. (It is not in perfect form but should be good enough!)  Please send completed forms to Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz at jcfayyaz@gmail.com with the subject line “VITAMIX” and she will forward them to Stefanie.

Ghana, Africa Inquires About Our School Gardens The Edible School Garden Group has been contacted by a school garden in Ghana, Africa, which found the East End through the group’sedibleschoolgardens.org, maintained by Megan Schmidt. They were very impressed with our programs and wanted to collaborate with us.  It would be great for students from both countries to Skype and/or communicate. This is of great interest to them. The Edible School Garden Group is looking for someone in the group who would like to further investigate how they might be able to help this garden as we did with the “Wings Over Haiti Garden”.

Edible East End Magazine Showcases Edible School Gardens of East End in Fall Issue

October 31, 2013 in Slow Food Schools

The article highlights how Slow Food East End’s Chair Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz and Vice-Chair Bryan Futerman have led the Edible School Garden movement here, and how our chapter has developed school garden financing with the Josh Levine Memorial Foundation and other sources. Read the full article here.



Newest Edible School Garden Breaks Ground

October 31, 2013 in Slow Food Schools

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Shelter Island Edible School garden took place on Friday, October 11 at a 30 by 72-foot area next to the elementary wing of the Shelter Island School.

The following information is from an article that appeared in the Shelter Island Reporter by Charity Robey on October 7, 2013. To read the entire article, click here.


East End Contributes to Slow Food USA’s New ‘School Garden Guide’

October 2, 2013 in Latest News, Slow Food Schools

Slow Food East End Chair Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz is one of the contributing editors for Slow Food USA’s new “School Garden Guide”. And Slow Food East End’s ‘Master Farmer’ Program and the Josh Levine Farming Internship Application are featured on pages 36-38 of the guide.

It’s exciting to see this beautiful resource for School Gardens and to know that projects managed by Slow Food East End are included in this national publication. The guide is also a good example of how your membership dollars are put to work

The colorful 147-page electronic guide is filled with ideas to help school gardens “Build. Grow. Learn.”  With wonderful graphics and beautiful photographs, it will inspire and inform anyone interested in starting – or improving – a school garden.

Chapters include Build+Design, Volunteers, Fundraising, Curriculum, Marketing, Special Projects, Policy, Evaluation and Appendices.

We urge you to take a look by downloading the Guide here. If you are involved with school gardens, you’ll want to print out the guide to use as a valuable resource with teachers, school administrators and parents.

Watch This Great Film About Southold’s School Garden

March 25, 2013 in Slow Food Schools


About Slow Food School Projects

August 6, 2012 in Slow Food Schools

Since its inception the East End chapter has been dedicated to initiating and funding local “Jr. Slow Food” projects. We are inspired by chef, author and edible school-yard visionary Alice Waters, who thinks “If Americans would choose seasonal food grown through sustainable techniques by local farmers, if we would serve caring meals at the family table rather than scarfing Happy Meals in the minivan, we would restore family values, transform our communities and stabilize the environment. We would also enjoy ourselves more.”