Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Let's Move tour stop at McNair High School

The Fernbank School Garden was invited to participate in a Let’s Move pep rally held at McNair high school last Friday, September 2.  The rally, sponsored by the Georgia School Nutrition Association, was part of a state-wide effort to embrace Michelle Obama’s national Let’s Move campaign. 
Press Release before the event:
Sports celebrities, cheerleaders and U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson will join students at McNair High School for the “Let’s Move Fit and Fun Tour” on Sept. 2.
The 2:15 p.m. rally, which is hosted by the Georgia School Nutrition Association, will expose students to healthy food and beverage options, show them simple exercises that can be incorporated in their daily activity, and introduce them to school gardens and how to implement their own.

More pep rally photos:
As a representative of a school garden in DeKalb County, Fernbank Farm to School served an herb/goat cheese dip and a tomato salad to over 100 participants.   All the herbs and tomatoes used in the tasting were grown in our school garden by Fernbank students.  All of the rest of the ingredients were donated by Whole Foods Briarcliff.
The two delicious tasting dishes were prepared by Fernbank’s new Chef Partner, Megan McCarthy.  You might recognize Megan if you’ve participated in any of the Edible Garden Chef events at the Botanical Gardens.  In addition to her help with the Let’s Move garden tasting last week, Megan will be leading a 5th grade Chef to School program at Fernbank this fall.  To learn more about Megan, visit
Congratulations to Fernbank Farm to School for spotlighting how a school garden can positively influence an elementary school to the whole county.  Thanks again to our partners, Whole Foods Briarcliff and Chef Megan McCarthy.  Thanks also to the Georgia School Nutrition Association for your interest and commitment to Farm to School.

Elementary Herb Spread
1 garlic clove
10 basil leaves
2 teaspoons fresh thyme
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, minced
4 oz goat cheese
2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
Fresh cracked pepper to taste

Blend ingredients together in food processor until desired consistency.  Serve on crackers or plain pita chips.

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