News Release

  6500 East Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80301

For Immediate Release

​Laura Smith, BVSD School Food Project -
office: 720-561-6005 / cell: 303-619-6609

BVSD Communications - 720-561-5824


​BVSD students with their Harvest cards and stickers received during the 2015 Colorado Proud School Meal Day celebration held at Alicia Sanchez International School in Lafayette

BVSD Colorado Proud School Meal Day Celebration

September 14, Columbine Elementary School, Boulder

BOULDER: Colorado Proud School Meal Day is Wednesday, Sept. 14, and the BVSD School Food Project is celebrating by hosting a Farmer Visit, Chef Demonstration and Salsa Tasting at Columbine Elementary School in Boulder. Fresh Tomato Pico de Gallo Salsa is featured on the lunch menu this day.

School Food Project volunteers and staff will offer students a tasting of the Fresh Tomato Pico de Gallo Salsa. Students will receive their “I Tried Harvest of the Month” sticker, tomato harvest collector card and farmer collector card.

*Media are welcome to attend!*

Schedule of Events
11:00-11:15 a.m. Laura Smith and Eric Ditzler welcome all guests.
Everyone will check in at the front office and meet in the school garden.
11:15-11:45 a.m. Visit in cafeteria to see lunch program (grades K- 3) in action.
11:45 a.m.Guests are invited to participate in the chef demonstration and tasting event, followed by lunch and weather permitting, tour of the school garden.

Local farmer partners have been invited to join the event to sign their farmer card and share information with the kids such as images of the farm and crops they produce including tomatoes and peppers. Eric Ditzler, BVSD Food Services District Manager for Columbine Elementary, will provide a chef demonstration of the Fresh Tomato Pico de Gallo Salsa.

Parent volunteers and Boulder County Farmers Market staff members will also attend to help pass out stickers, cards and samples. The event will be managed by Laura Smith, SFP Program Coordinator and Eric Ditzler, District Manager.

BVSD gives preference in its food purchasing to growers, producers and processors in Boulder and Broomfield counties, Colorado; then to the surrounding counties (Gilpin, Grand, Larimer, Clear Creek, Arapahoe, Douglas, Weld); then to other areas of Colorado. BVSD’s local purchasing is generally accomplished through direct relationships with farms, dairies, and producers. Food Services works with growers and producers many months in advance to time menu offerings with local harvests. To promote local food procurement, Boulder Valley maintains strategic relationships with nearly a dozen local farmer partners: Boulder County Farmers Markets, Bayberry Fresh, Black Cat Farm, Cure Organic Farm, Fossil Creek Farm, Isabelle Farm, Jones Farm Organics, Ollin Farm, Oxford Gardens, Ray Domenico Farm, and Rocky Mountain Fresh. The district also works with several other local food vendors. Partnerships with these food producers help to promote local food consumption and nutrition and agricultural education to the greater BVSD community.

Tasting at the 2015 Colorado Proud School Meal Day Celebration

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