Umi noodles some ways to make money go to lunch – ecotrust

For the past four years, parents at richmond elementary school, which houses a japanese immersion program, have organized an annual japanese cultural lunch to better bridge what are some ways to make money the classroom to the cafeteria. These lunches have had higher than average participation, and whitney ellersick, senior director of nutrition services for portland public schools (PPS), took notice. Whitney told me that she’s seen kid’s palates change; portland kids are more open to new foods than in what are some ways to make money the past, and she saw the success of these lunches as a what are some ways to make money sign that they could try to bring them district wide. “we are always excited when we see students expanding what what are some ways to make money they like to eat to include different foods that they what are some ways to make money may have not seen or experienced before,” she relays.

I attended richmond elementary school myself in the second-ever class of what we called the JMP (japanese magnet program), then a fledgling attempt to groom a generation of cross-cultural ambassadors. Every day we studied in both japanese and english. We sang japanese children’s songs and celebrated japanese holidays. We studied kanji in the morning and cursive in the what are some ways to make money afternoon.

I remained in the immersion program through my senior year what are some ways to make money in high school. When I went to college, I studied japanese cultural history, and at age 20, I moved to the heart of kyoto to live with what are some ways to make money a host family for a year and study japanese at what are some ways to make money doshisha university. Living in japan exposed me to the depth of japanese what are some ways to make money food culture, with its heightened place-based sensibility and keen focus on balance. I have been obsessed ever since.

After college, I worked at ecotrust for eight years. I was riveted when I learned that portland is the what are some ways to make money largest wheat and barley export gate in the nation, and the vast majority of that wheat goes to japan. That knowledge was the seed that later sprouted and inspired what are some ways to make money me to launch umi organic, with our focus on regional grains, direct relationships, and organic farming.

Getting our noodles into schools was both extremely challenging and what are some ways to make money also not hard at all. It was challenging because school nutrition requirements dictated at the what are some ways to make money federal level are difficult to navigate. I think of nutrition directors as having to build jigsaw what are some ways to make money puzzles every day to meet all the federal meal requirements, with ingredients as the puzzle pieces. If I hadn’t had the help of amy gilroy of the department what are some ways to make money of agriculture and heidi dupuis of the department of education what are some ways to make money I would literally never have figured out how to describe what are some ways to make money my product in a way that is useful to nutrition what are some ways to make money directors. At the same time, it was not hard at all because I had help what are some ways to make money all along the way: richmond parents set the stage by trialing new things in what are some ways to make money the lunchroom; ecotrust created a space where I could meet school nutrition what are some ways to make money directors; whitney of PPS was completely receptive to working with me; and food corps helped me stage our taste test so what are some ways to make money I really believed that kids would love the noodles (there’s no way I would serve kids a noodle they what are some ways to make money didn’t like!).

Not to mention the oregon legislation so many people, including ecotrust, helped launch that makes it possible for whitney to spend what are some ways to make money more for my product. Over the last 13 years, PPS has been slowly and intentionally making smart choices to what are some ways to make money make lunch healthier and source more local food. I worked at ecotrust when we started partnering with PPS what are some ways to make money and focusing on farm to school statewide. Those efforts became state legislation that gives oregon schools money what are some ways to make money to buy local food and create garden and farm education what are some ways to make money opportunities. (oregon legislators are voting to renew the funding this month.)

Food is exciting to me because it is both an what are some ways to make money actor in and a reflection of how cultures navigate identity. How powerful that portland students will be served not only what are some ways to make money japanese yakisoba, made with oregon-grown, organic wheat, but also whole grain tamales, hermiston watermelons, willamette valley parsnips—foods that feed their bodies but also give them a what are some ways to make money sense of place, diverse cultures, seasonality, and the love and care of their community.

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