Mayor, famed chef Alice Waters kick off Edible Sac High program

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 - 7:43 am

Mayor Kevin Johnson on Tuesday morning launched an "edible schoolyard" at Sacramento Charter High School. He was joined in the venture by renowned Berkeley chef Alice Waters.

The Edible Sac High program was coordinated by Johnson's Greenwise clean technology initiative. As part of the program, students at the Oak Park school will operate a garden, a kitchen classroom and a cafeteria on campus. It is modeled after the edible schoolyard program launched by Waters at Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School.

Johnson said the Sac High schoolyard will "teach our children the skills and knowledge necessary for them to be healthy for life." Winter crops will be planted soon and plans call for the garden – along with trees provided by the Sacramento Tree Foundation – to be in place by next summer.

Edible Sac High will involve 90 students.

"Because we serve 6 million meals annually, improving cafeteria food has been of utmost importance," said Jonathan Raymond, city school district superintendent.

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