A Meeting with Alice Waters

Christine Brinkmann, Goshen Garden Coordinator

Christine Brinkmann, Goshen Garden Coordinator

During the events of the Prince of Wales’ visit to Louisville, I was thrilled to have the chance to chat with Alice Waters, renowned chef and leader in the organic food movement.

Alice was excited to hear of St. Francis School’s dedication to local and sustainable farming and about our plans this season to continue to build on the Goshen Campus’ outdoor curriculum. Alice explained that the path to a fair wage for farmers; healthy soil; and sustainable food production is through the cafeteria door. In addition, when we feed children food that is grown responsibly and harvested according to its natural season, it tastes amazing. She elaborated that when we feed children such delicious and healthy food, we show them our love and respect, and we simultaneously teach them how to protect nature’s bounty from soil to table. Her Edible Schoolyard project at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School is an inspiration to us here at St. Francis, not only because of the ways it teaches kids to enjoy and appreciate healthy food, but also because of the many ways the garden invigorates the larger curriculum. Math, biology, chemistry ecology, history, sociology, art, economics and politics each come alive when children look at their relevance in the garden.

It was wonderful to hear how the Edible Schoolyard project has enhanced learning in Berkeley, and I am proud of the work we are doing to lead the way locally to grow this important curriculum. I am honored to have the opportunity to attend Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Academy this summer.