Students Taste-Test Local Greens During Educational Partnership



     On Tuesday, September 25, 2012, students from the Newburgh Enlarged City School Districtís Balmville Communications and Media Center learned the fine art of eating their greens during a special visit from Education Director Amie Baracks of Phillies Bridge Farm Project.

     During the educational lesson, students were given samples of various greens that were grown at the farm and asked to rate them based on taste. The rating system allowed the students to utilize their math, science and English Language Arts (ELA) skills when figuring out the winners. The students were intrigued by the various colors and tastes of the fresh greens which included: Defender, Flashy Trout Back, Green Deer Tongue, Magenta, New Red Fire, Red Salad Bowl, Tango and Tropicana.      ďThe main purpose of the program is to educate the students while getting them excited about greens,Ē explained Baracks.

     Funding for the initiative was made possible through a grant from Action for Healthy Kids and written as a collaborative effort by teacher Kristine Campbell-De Foe, P.T.A President Heather Christy-Robinson, and NECSD Grants Development Assistant Anthony Grice.

     Phillies Bridge Farm Project was founded in 1995 by a group of dedicated volunteers. The program now feed hundreds of community members and engages over 2,500 people each year in the wonders of food production through its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), education, and community outreach programs. The site includes about five acres of diversified vegetables, a childrenís Discovery Garden, and a blazed nature trail that wanders through wetlands, woodlands, and pastures.

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Phillies Bridge Farm Project Education Director Amie Baracks shows students various types of greens during a special visit to the Newburgh Enlarged City School Districtís Balmville Communications and Media Center recently.

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Phillies Bridge Farm Project Education Director Amie Baracks shows students various types of greens during a special visit to the Newburgh Enlarged City School Districtís Balmville Communications and Media Center recently.

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Phillies Bridge Farm Project Education Director Amie Baracks shows students various types of greens during a special visit to the Newburgh Enlarged City School Districtís Balmville Communications and Media Center recently.

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From left to right, Balmville P.T.A President Heather Christy-Robinson, teacher Kristine Campbell-De Foe, and Education Director Amie Baracks of Phillies Bridge Farm Project.

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