Attendance: Jen Kretser, Tammy Morgan, Elise Stosiek, Lauren Richards, Mel Decker, Shannon Bartholemew, Ruth Pino
- Budget / Income discussion
- Determine layout – all vendors will be at the top of the hill along the path (we have an indoor and outdoor plan in place. Need to know if LPHS has a tent for the band
vendor list à
- Farms: Fledging Crow, Essex, North Branch Farm, Skyview farms, Atlas Hoofed It
schools = SL + Bloomingdale, TL, LP, each put together a donation bucket for
the Adirondack Farm to School Initiative with a poster asking for donations
- Donations à supporting events, school gardens, connecting schools to farmers, building curriculum in the tri lakes
- Master gardeners, wild center, green goddess adk harvest, farm to fork, garden share, anca, cornell maple / lp comm. Garden, Paul Smiths garden, Adk Farm to School, ADK farmers market cooperative, North Elba’s Bionic Belly
- 3 schools = SL + Bloomingdale, TL, LP, each put together a donation bucket for the Adirondack Farm to School Initiative with a poster asking for donations
farm to school requests –
- Ryan Damp à 3 gallons of syrup to sell to the cafeteria need to negotiate price (~$30 / gallon) (Ryan should make maple vinegrette recipe cards for Cora)
- Chris Kordziel requesting donations for his pollinator garden at the entrance of the youth center (3 tiered raised bed in need of perennials) all donations can be dropped off at the youth center or in Mrs. Morgan’s room
- Adirondack Farm to School booth – pea shoots
5/20/14 Farm to School Meeting
Lake Placid HS/MS rm 304
Attendance: Carl Bowen, Lauren Richard, Ruth Pino, Cody Barry, Elijah Hameline, Jen Jubin, Tammy Morgan, Tom Dodd, Jen Kretser, Jenny McGrew,
- Salad bar for Thursday 22nd is part of the line. Marina should advertise flyers and announcements, Eli will film and document à farm to school movie, Carl planning on making Cora’s maple vinegrette
- Cora dressing need to make a ½ gallon of dressing (need to ask fledging crow if they have basil) the rest of ingredients are set. Ruth will follow up on that
- BOCES kids and 2 LP students that need community service will be available to help prep and clean. Pizzas will be prepared here but fledging crow vegetables should go directly to BOCES for them to prep, carl will make the chili first.
- Jen will help set up of tables with signs for all of the vendors
- PS = 500 (sustainability donation plus last year’s money), WC = 300, 250 to date in Adirondack Gives, 100 = LPEA, LP Environmental club will help cover costs but needs to be
- Need to make sure the Adirondack Gives link out there esp. connect with the school boards
- Link needs to go to the paper!!!! Was not in the press release
- Farm to school table will have a big donation jar, another one at the end of the food, and all of the schools tables should have one
- All Vendors need a certificate of insurance they can send a copy to Jen Kretser or have a copy with you have them drive up school street entrance (near Wise Guys) take a sharp right to drive directly onto the oval they can park right on the oval. Last bus is at 2:45 so vendors can come as early as 3
- Atlas Hoof-It, Skyview, Fledging Crow all plan on participating
- Seedlings are coming before the event
- Wynde will follow up à more farms
- Planning on about 20 tables
- Signage needed (directions for vendor parking, for food, for Mark and Kristin),
- ADK farm to school table will be Ruth + donation bucket if anyone has, copies of the letters from the school boards, plus copy of the grant and the board we had from last year.
- October staff development days for schools that boces organizes – Wild Center wanted to offer garden / local food curriculum
- Website being housed by Paul Smiths
- Video opportunities = June 22 salad, Saranac Lake greenhouse, may 30th
5/6/14 Farm to School Meeting Minutes
Attendance: Eli Hameline, Lauren Richard (ANCA), Carl Bowen, Wynde Reese, Jen Kretser, Tammy Morgan, Shannon Bartholomew, Ruth Pino, Elise Stosiek
- Jen Kretser will handle the press release, all changes have been made and it is ready to go.
- The flyer has been edited one final time and is also ready to be distributed around town. We are hoping that everyone can print up several color copies of the flyer and put them up all over the tri-lakes. We do not have one person doing this so we really need everyone to help by putting at least 10 posters in strategic locations around Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Tupper Lake.
- For group emails that need to go to the larger
group (adk f2s) we should be logging into
the gmail account
- Username = [email protected]
- Password = vegetables
- This email account should include Tammy’s LP Farm to school group and the larger Adk Farm to School Group that Kate and Ruth have been compiling
- Emails regarding the event on the 30th should go out to everyone
- Jen has a list of vendors signed up for the event and notes that we will at this point need at least 20 tables set up on the oval.
- To date we only have one farm signed up but we
have not reached out to very many directly as of yet
- Ruth, Jen and Brittany need to coordinate to contact local farms.
- Everyone needs to be posting / sharing the Adirondack gives account link to everyone in their contact lists. PLEASE we really need this campaign for funds to succeed - get the word out – facebook, twitter, email, whatever you have send it
- Eli Hameline (LPHS junior) is going to create a
farm to school video documenting the event.
- We need lots of video clips and photos of farm to school activities so please send those to us via email or on a flash drive.
- Would be nice to get clips that Bright Blue Media took at Fleging Crow farm and of the Tupper Lake School board meeting
- Should get some video clips of the construction of the Greenhouse in Saranac Lake
- LPHS is trying out a salad bar as part of a senior project on May 22nd we should get clips there and any clips of people working in school gardens
- Menu Discussion – target number ~250 people
- After contacting both Adirondack Beef and Atlas Hoof It Carl has determined that we can get good prices on pork, ground beef and half chickens as well as beef hot dogs
- Carl is planning on making a chili using the meat and offering chili dogs
- Carrots, parsnips, and beets are available for a roasted root vegetable
- Fledging crow also has spinach available for a pizza using commodity cheese and for a spinach salad
- We are hoping that Cora might be able to make more of her famous balsamic vinegrette.
- Carl is pretty sure we can get ice cream from Stewarts and we are asking for donations of rhubarb for a maple rhubarb sauce to serve with it
- Ruth Pino will be speaking with John, the new head of BOCES food service program and the Saranac Lake staff to help out in the kitchen for the day
- Advertising – we all need to post information about the kickstarter campaign and the flyer asap
- There was a home school day at the Wild Center Thursday that was a good opportunity to advertise for the event and to reach out to the home school community to see if they want to participate
- Elise was going to put up posters at St. Agnes and the Elementary school
- I will send the flyer to Sara Adams at the HS and Karen Angelopolus at the district office to make sure it gets posted on the website, facebook and any other social media sites in the area
- Lauren will use ANCA’s site, twitter accounts
Part II: Lake Placid High School Garden goals
- Currently there is a 20 by 10 bed at the youth center initially built by Dr. Michael Farrell of the Cornell Uhlein Farm. There is water on location and several perennials have already been established there including oregano, strawberries, Jerusalem artichoke, chives, and mint. The environmental club plants the garden and harvests plants each year.
- One major goal is to use that garden to produce
food for the cafeteria but there are obstacles to accomplishing that goal.
- The question of surveillance has come up. Even though it is on school property there are no cameras on the site. Cameras and 24 hour surveillance are not a requirement of school gardens and Saranac Lakes gardens do not have that kind of surveillance, but their gardens are fenced in. We should perhaps consider building a fence around the garden.
- We also need to meet with the administrative staff to discuss Wynde Reese’s designs for the courtyard – a potential farm to school garden location.
- Summer maintenance = Wynde has spoken with Kate Culpepper of the North Country School and Carl will look into the availability of students to maintain gardens in the summer
- A main priority for growing food for cafeterias = writing guidelines for growing, processing. This will be our first task immediately following the May 30th f2s festival.
Tuesday 5/13 LP farm to school committee will meet at 3:00 in the administrative building with the administration to discuss this year’s farm to school garden plans
The Large ADK Farm to School Group will meet at 3:15 on Tuesday May 20th at the LPHS to finalize plans for the Farm to School Festival
Adk Farm to School Minutes 4/29/14
Tammy Morgan, Carl Bowen, Veronica Zayonc, Elise Stoziek, Tom Dodd, Ruth Pino, Jen Kretser, Wynde Reese, Lauren Richards
- The USDA grant application has officially been submitted – thanks to all who supplied information and worked tirelessly to put this all together - if awarded we will have clearly identified goals and the funds to accomplish them.
- Jennifer McGrew has been added to the LP Farm to School group and Ruth / Kate have been compiling a spreadsheet with names and contacts for the Adk Farm to School group. After the festival we should update that list and create sub committees from it.
Plans for the Festival May 30th
- We worked on the press release and a flyer for the event which is going to be sent with the minutes. Please review these first drafts and send any revisions/suggestions back to me.
- 2 weeks prior to the event Jen Kretser and the Wild Center will handle the press release for us
- Vendors: The request for vendors has been sent
out and we have the following commitments:
Black mentioned several options for a Master Gardeners booth
- Targeted display (ex: composting)
- Activity (ex: seed starting)
- Informational booth
- Paul Smiths is planning a seed starting activity so they should focus on composting activities
- Paul Smith’s college is planning a seed starting activity
- North Elba Digester will have an informational booth
- Green Goddess
- Adirondack Harvest
- Jen Perry (Bloomingdale School)
- Wild Center
- Joe (from North Branch Farm) may be able to bring animals
- Adrien Black mentioned several options for a Master Gardeners booth
- More invitations are going out and both Ruth and Jen will follow up with Brittany regarding the farms that have been contacted. Note that we do have permission for farmers to sell their products if that is a question.
- High Mowing seeds has been providing seeds to schools for farm to school projects. Wynde will follow up with them to see if they are interested in a booth or in donating seeds for activities.
- Currently we need more money to cover costs please follow up on any and all revenue sources you may have. If we receive the USDA grant we budgeted $2000 for this event in the future but for this year we are on our own.
- $1,000 Mark and Kristin
- 200 Big Slyde
- 700 food (estimate based on ~200 people)
- $1,900 Total
- $200 last years F2S proceeds
- 300 Paul Smiths Sustainability fund
- 300 Wild Center
- 100 Adirondack Harvest
- $900 total
for funding that need follow-up
- $300 CYC senior project application
- 100 Friends
- 300 Healthy Heart Network
- Setting up the Adirondack Gives account
- Last year’s menu included pasta with a meat sauce, pizza with fresh produce (radishes, spinach…) and rhubarb crisp for dessert.
- Meat is the largest expense so our first goal this year should be to identify the meat that is available from local farms right now. Ruth and Carl will follow up with local farmer such as Atlas Hoof It and Adirondack Beef Company to determine the most economical option locally. The meal can be built off of that.
- Though local produce will only just becoming available then sounds like there may be carrots and parsnips available.
- Carl mentioned the possibility of stewarts ice cream and perhaps we could make a rhubarb / maple syrup to pour on that.
Next meeting Tuesday May 6th 3:15 LPHS room 304_______________________________________________________________________________________________
Minutes 4/8 meeting
Location Saranac Lake MS library
Attendance: Tom Dodd, Tammy Morgan, Kate Glenn, Jen Kretser, Brittany Harris, Elise Stosiek
- Brittany set up a Gmail account for all of us to
use anyone can log in and use the account
- [email protected]
- Password = vegetables
Plants for school gardens =
Elementary and High school are each getting: 20 kale, 10 tomatoes, atomic reds and purple carrot seeds available from fedco.
Can farmers sell at the event???
School website is readyLink to farm to school facebook
Funding – 200 F2S, 300 paul smiths, 300 wild center
- Tammy à volunteer list for kids
- Followup with other schools (Jen à north country, northern lights, Keene, and tammy will work with northwood, SL, TL, Mike Farrel, Green Goddess)
- Brittany already contacted farmers, adk meat company
- Jen = Adk harvest , Green Circle, ANCA (Josh or Lauren), Wild CenterCornell cooperative extension, Ellen Bieberman Community garden
- Tom contact adrien black à master gardeners
Big Slide is the live music – need 200 to cover us (Tom will reach out to Friends)
Meeting April 29th May 6th, 13th, 20th
Deadline for vendor reach out opportunities = April 30th
F2S grant update due april 30th – Amanda Zullo will coordinate budget need to address budget needs
Need numbers from Carl broken
Equipment, training, field trip funding
LP Farm to School Meeting
Time and Location: HS rm. 304 (2-3)
Attendance: Jennifer Tufano, Carl Bowen, Maryellen Decker, Tom Dodd, Brittany Harris, Elise Stosiek, Cora Clark, Tammy Morgan
to School Event Planning
- Friday May 30th at the high school on the oval (with the foyer and auditorium reserved in case of inclement weather)
- 4:30 – 6pm = booths, activities and meal
- 6-6:45 = Mark and Kristin Kimball presentation
will need $1,000 for our speakers:
Healthy Heart, Paul Smith’s sustainability fund, Adk farm to school will
potentially help out with this but we need to raise at least $250 to cover this
- Katie Wilson is applying for funding through CYC to help with this and
- Maryellen Decker is applying for funding through an Earth Day grant
- Jen Tufano setting up an account with www.adirondackgives.org so that anyone wishing to donate funds to support our organizational goals can have the means to do so
we hope to have:
- Adk Farm to School
- Master gardeners (need to contact Adrien Black and others)
- Wild Center already planning on participating
- Cornell Uhlein farm – need contact Mike Farrel (maple farm) Denny Lawrence (potato farm)
Clubs develop activities for kids
- Farmers (Brittany will try to recruit) questions about whether or not they can sell their wares àfarmers market Need to answer this question asap
- Elise will contact adk meat company to find out if they want to have a booth to educate about the new meat processing plant planned for Ticonderoga (584-2333)
- Tammy will put together an informational booth for the digester project
- Jen Kretser will send us a vendor sign up sheet for all vendors interested in setting up booths
for the event and others
- Tom Dodd will set up an LP Farm to School Web Page on the school website. Pictures from events should be sent to him to enhance this page.
- As it gets closer we will put together a press release
for School Gardens
three schools in the tri-lakes will be planting 1 root, 1 leaf, and 1fruit crop
to be harvested and used in the fall for a farm to school event
- We are all being asked to plant carrots, kale, and sungold tomatoes for the event
- Tomatoes and kale are being donated by Fledging Crow and will be delivered by Brittany on the 30th so we can plant then
- Kate Glen can provide carrot seeds from Paul Smiths to all groups requesting them. Please contact her immediately if you would like to receive any. [email protected]
- Wynde Reese is working on an expansion plan for our school gardens
- Casey DiNicola has requested to ask the school board about putting a Hugel garden outside the cafeteria at the high school for rhubarb and strawberry plants
- Chris Kordziel is working with Jon Fremonte to put in a pollinator garden at the youth center
- All three schools in the tri-lakes will be planting 1 root, 1 leaf, and 1fruit crop to be harvested and used in the fall for a farm to school event
on cafeteria news
is making her own soups now and they are starting to advertise when they have
local produce at the elementary school
- biggest obstacle at the elementary school for using unprocessed foods is the lack of a 3 bay sink and storage areas
- Carl has been making progress on this
- HS kitchen is up to standard already will need storage containers for fresh produce
- Val is making her own soups now and they are starting to advertise when they have local produce at the elementary school
Next meeting Tuesday April 8th 3:45 SL middle school library
LP Farm to School Meeting 12/6/13
Attendance: Maryellen Decker, Jodi McKinnon, Tammy Morgan, Carl Bowen, Karin Graham, Cora Clark, Elise Stosiek, Veronica Zayonc, Kayla Hudson, Emily Goden
Location and time: Rm 304 LPHS 2:15-3:30
Review news from ADK farm to school meeting
- ADK F2S is applying for a $100,000 USDA grant and is asking our cafeteria staff to create a whish list. We should let Kate Glen of Paul Smiths College know what we need to help make preparation of fresh produce faster and easier by their Jan meeting.
- Changes to state requirements for “snack” foods sold in schools. Top ingredients must be whole grain, dairy, or fruit/vegetable
- Saranac Lake signed the ADK Farm to School contract and reports being way ahead of schedule on the 15 by 15 promise. They report 43% local produce.
- Carl will look at the contract and may suggest modifications to suit our district goals.
- One of our goals is to host an Adirondack Farm to School event in LP this spring
- Jr. Iron Chef competition in March this spring. Registration is open for one high school team and one middle school team. Team is made of 5 students. Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake are registering teams so we should coordinate rides with them.
- Adirondack Council prepared a poster for to advertise local produce. Diane Fish is the contact person on this and we should plan on advertising the next time we add local food to our lunch. Ex: if we are serving apples from Rulf’s Orchards
Local Eats School Lunch Competition
- Open to all chefs in the area. They need to prepare food in a NYSDOH certified kitchen
- Karl gave us the state guidelines for meal which should be prepared at $2.15 / serving.
- Goal is to prepare an entrée using as many local (250miles) ingredients as possible
- Judges will include a variety of students and at least one cafeteria staff from the MS/HS
- Date will be set for a Monday in Feb.
- Veronica will contact/coordinate with Jon Fremonte and Dmitri and let us know a good date
Professional Learning Community application
- On Wed we filled out an application to the Adirondack Teacher Center for funding to support the formation of a professional learning community. We reviewed this document and will be submitting the proposal to the Adirondack Teacher Center.
Next Meeting will be at the LPES We missed the 12/16 meeting and according to our schedule our next meeting should be Monday Jan13th 2-4.
Tom Dodd and Elise Stosiek will send a reminder letting us know when and where we should be meeting.______________________________________________________________________________________________
ALP Farm to School Committee Meeting 11/8/13
Attendance: Carl Bowen, Elise Stosiek, Tammy Morgan, Roger Catania, Veronica Zayonc
- Roger Catania introduced Carl Bowen as our new food service manager. Carl, a Lake Placid alum, brings many valuable experiences and skill sets to our district. He has successfully implemented many farm to school initiatives at Mountain Lakes Academy where he is currently employed. He has experience with school gardens, is well versed in NYS health guidelines for schools, and is connected to the community.
- There will be a regional Adirondack Farm to school meeting on Tuesday November 26th at 3:00 at the Petrova school library in Saranac Lake. All are welcome. The regional organization has officially partnered with Paul Smiths College, who will now be able to provide initiative and the institutional support of their culinary arts program. For more information about this program or to get on their mailing list please contact Kate Glenn at [email protected]
- We did discuss cafeteria concerns about legal
issues governing the use of local produce either from school gardens or local
wholesale providers in the kitchen.
- Carl has much experience in this area and assured us that the health association encourages the use of local produce as long as standard procedures (for washing, storing and preparation) are followed in the kitchen.
- One of the student led initiatives that came out
of the food summit was the new recipe contest. The idea was to work with Dimitri at the youth center about
having a competition between local chefs to develop a new healthy meal for the
cafeteria made using local produce.
- Panel of students = judges
- Rules must comply with NYS guidelines for school lunches
- Prep time must be kept at a minimum
- Must incorporate locally available seasonal vegetables
- Must fit within a budget
- Carl mentioned that there is a computer program made available by the state that allows us to type in a recipe to determine whether it fits the guidelines. He also said that he could help us write up the rules of the contest so that they will be appropriate for the cafeteria
- It was noted that currently our cafeteria loses
money each year. The best solution
to this is to produce a product that a customer will buy. The goal is to increase not only
student but staff participation in school lunches. Ways to attack this problem
- Comment cards so that people can give anonymous feedback
- Standing by the garbage to assess the amount of food thrown away after each meal
- Taste testing stations to try out new menu ideas
- We also discussed the idea of a smoothie station
for after school sports to prevent students from running over to Stewart’s for unhealthy
can work as long as we get health department approval which will require us to
identify safe handling procedures:
need to have proper refrigeration, access to a sink, the use of gloves
and clean equipment designated for the purpose, frozen berries…
- Due to these guidelines the best location for preparing smoothies would be in the concession stand by the gym foyer
- Students are encouraged to work with Mrs. Auer on this as she has expressed interest in helping provide healthy snacks.
- This may be an excellent fundraiser idea for clubs to take over
- This can work as long as we get health department approval which will require us to identify safe handling procedures: need to have proper refrigeration, access to a sink, the use of gloves and clean equipment designated for the purpose, frozen berries…
NEXT MEETING FRIDAY December 6th ROOM 304 M/H SCHOOL 2:15 – 3:00
- Items on the agenda
- Organizing the menu contest – we need to pick a date, discuss advertising, develop a flyer with rules for the contest
- Establish school garden goals for this year à a planting guide that will support cafeteria needs and wants (we need the help of master gardeners/community groups in this area)
- Develop a needs and wants list – grants are available for the purchase of new equipment for cafeterias – Adk farm to school can help with this but we need to prioritize and develop a list of goals