Posts Tagged ‘Coupeville Farm to School’

Holly Bloom

Alert the town’s deer, there’s a new sheriff at the Coupeville Farm to School program.

Holly Bloom recently replaced Zvi Bar-Chaim, who departs after an eight-year run as Program Manager.

The new face of the school system’s highly successful bid to bring together students and fresh veggies hails originally from Buffalo.

Bloom lived and worked in Truckee, California the past two years, and brings a decade-plus of educational and horticultural experience to her new position.

“I specialize in hands-on project based learning and outdoor education,” she said in a Facebook post.

She served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in 2008, then went on to charter a Farm to School program through that company.

Bloom has worked for a variety of non-profits, public, private and charter schools, as well as state and county agencies.

She earned a B.A. in Art Education and an A.A.S. in Horticulture.

“I’ve found that both the visual arts and horticulture go hand in hand and provide students with a safe space where they can connect with each other and the world around them,” Bloom said on Facebook.

“I feel most at home in the garden, where I can share my passion for the natural world and instill a stronger sense of humanity in my students through the pursuit of academic and hands-on learning.

“I am very excited to join the Whidbey Island community and to be a part of the Coupeville Farm to School team!”

Bloom, out and about.

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Get your fingers dirty for a good cause.

Coupeville’s Farm to School program is holding a work party this Saturday, July 10, from 11-2, and you — yes, you — are invited to participate.

The event will teach volunteers “a bit about how to build habitat gardens,” with snacks sweetening the deal.

Things go down at Coupeville Elementary, located at 6 South Main Street, across from Harada Physical Therapy, which occupies the former Videoville building.

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Everyone’s excited about food. (Photo from Coupeville Farm to School Facebook page)

Have a special recipe? It’s your time to shine.

The Coupeville Farm to School program is putting together a community cookbook, and they’d like you to be part of the process.

They’re asking for recipe submissions, with a June 27 deadline.

The spiel:

Have a fun recipe you want to share?

Something you love cooking at home?

Food that your kids like to prepare and eat?

We’d love to add them to our cookbook.

If you’re interested, send recipes to coupevillefarm2school@gmail.com.

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