AMERICAN CULINARY FEDERATION COLORADO CHEFS ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 13, 2011
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Denver, CO., Aug. 13, 2011—The American Culinary Federation (ACF), the largest professional chefs
organization in the U.S., was asked to play an integral part in Michelle Obama’s latest Let’s Move! campaign initiative, the Chefs Move to Schools program in 2010. Volunteer dads at Cougar Run Elementary School in Highlands Ranch gathered together today to build a garden shed and see how their kid’s garden project is progressing with their mentor chef, Jason Morse, from the Colorado Chefs Association. One question when the school garden projects were launched this year was, “Who will maintain and tend these school gardens when the kids are out on summer break?” For Cougar Run, the answer was simple. Cougar Run’s Dads Club, the Garden Committee and the Health and Wellness Committee would all pitch in with school kids and work together over the summer months to ensure the garden was a success. Today, their work clearly paid off as excited kids began to harvest huge zucchini and pluck fresh tomatoes. Jeff Perry, Head of the Dad’s Club at Cougar Run said, “We are happy to be involved in such a great project to help promote healthy eating in school students. The kids have loved seeing the garden grow this summer and the dads club has enjoyed helping out. This has truly been a collaborative effort for us and a lot of fun for the kids.” The volunteer dads showed up and did some of the prep work as early as May. They put up the fence and gates surrounding the garden, stained the wood and helped stabilize planter boxes. The Garden Committee came in and pulled weeds and watered with the kids all summer. The Health and Wellness Committee has been supportive and offered guidance all along the planning and planting process. “The Colorado Chefs Association is excited and honored to be a part of this national initiative,” said ACFCCA Executive Director Joan Brewster. “We have some of the very best chefs in the nation here in Colorado. Mentoring these children and teaching them to eat healthy nutritious fruits and vegetables through these school gardens is a wonderful way to showcase the chef’s passionate spirits.” This school garden at Cougar Run is among 25 school gardens in the Douglas County School District this year. The gardens are designed to give students the opportunity to see firsthand where their food comes from, to learn and apply backyard agriculture, and to see how garden vegetables can be used in the meals they eat. Students will also be exposed to industries such as Food Services and Agriculture and will gain skills that may open new future horizons.
Douglas County School District Nutrition Services Garden Project Director, Sue Anderson said, “The interaction our students have with the volunteer chefs in their garden is a priceless opportunity for mentoring and teaching our school communities about better nutrition through use of fresh fruits and vegetables. Community involvement from the school staff, parents and neighborhood volunteers support the function and sustainability of these gardens and their inclusion into the daytoday culture of the school.”
### About the American Culina ry Federation-Colorado The American Culinary Federation-Colorado, established in 1954, is a professional organization for culinarians in Colorado. With more than 1200 members, consisting of both Colorado chefs and national ACF members, ACF-Colorado is a culinary leader in offering educational resources, training, apprenticeship and certification. For more information, visit www.acfcoloradochefs.org.