Bon Appétit and Case Launch Community Garden at Local School

Sous Chef Art Ishman, District Manager Dan Farrell, Executive Chef David Apthorpe, and Sous Chef Shirelle Boyd in the community garden

Submitted By Beth Kretschmar, Marketing Manager

Research has shown both that the vast majority of children do not eat the recommended amount of vegetables and that one of the best ways to get more into their diets is through exposing them — and their parents — to nutrition and gardening education.

Some of the Monticello Middle School students pitch in

Bon Appétit Sous Chef Shirelle Boyd from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, recently launched a garden project with nearby Monticello Middle School, which she had “adopted” through the First Lady’s Chefs Move to Schools program. At a recent groundbreaking attended by CWRU chefs and community members, Shirelle said, “One of the main goals of the community garden project is to teach our children early on about healthy eating. Hopefully it will provide them with the tools they need to make smart choices about food now and in the future.”

The garden will not only provide locally grown, organic produce to the meal programs of the school and a local child care center, but the kids and their parents will get to participate in healthy cooking demonstrations and composting, horticulture, and other programs with the help of the Bon Appétiters. It’s wonderful to think of such nutritious seeds being sown.