The Pizza Garden concept appeals to children by helping them grow vegetables and herbs to make a healthy pizza.
“The Field to Fork Program” is a great experience for students to engage in teamwork while learning about gardening, nutrition education and cooking” said Ryan Mitchell, program coordinator of the program. The “Field to Fork Program” was started in 2010 with five elementary schools and, based on its success, the program has expanded each year. In 2013, the program will involve 15 elementary schools.
The 15 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who are receiving Pizza Gardens, nutrition and cooking education and an end-of –the-year pizza party from Fuel Pizza Café at their school are:
- Briar Wood Elementary
- Chantilly Montessori
- Collins Wood Elementary
- Davidson Elementary
- Elizabeth Traditional Elementary
- Idlewild Elementary
- JV Washam Elementary
- Lake Wylie Elementary
- Morehead STEM Academy
- Nations Ford Elementary
- Winget Park Elementary
- University Meadows Elementary
- Barringer Elementary
- Highland Mill Elementary
- Polo Ridge Elementary
“The Pizza Gardens give us an excellent platform to teach youth about healthy eating using a food they love,” said Zach Current from Fuel Pizza. “It is our pleasure to partner with the schools and the community to make this unique project available.”
For more information about the Mecklenburg County Fruit & Vegetable Coalition go to http://mcfvc.charmeck.org
; for Fuel Pizza Café go to www.fuelpizza.com
: Ryan Mitchell at 704.650.9260 or Rick Christenburyat 704-577-2587.