Killip Elementary School is the first school in Flagstaff to certify its school garden. Using what is called a ‘best practices’ approach, produce grown in the garden can now safely be served in the lunch room and at after-school programs. The initiative was a collaborative effort between Killlip, Coconino Cooperative Extension and NAU’s First Year Seminar Program, Intern-to-Scholars, as well as the Sustainable Communities Master’s program to support a Farm-to-School initiative.
In addition, the garden club at Killip (supported by Food Corps, Fit Kids and NAU’s First Year Seminar Program) initiated a school-wide composting program. The program allows food waste from lunches to be composted on site; it is be picked up by Forestdale Farm. Forestalde is located in Flagstaff and is able to divert the food waste from the landfill all the while creating a rich soil for farming.
“This is just the beginning of a larger collaborative initiative to see locally-grown fruit and vegetables make their way into the lunchroom and after-school snack programs at the school.” According to Flagstaff Foodlink's monthly newsletter.
Flagstaff Foodlink is an organization working to create greater access to local food by focusing on making healthy produce affordable for all Flagstaff residents. This year, Foodlink partnered with Flagstaff Community Market and Pinnacle Prevention to bring Double Up Food Bucks Arizona to local farmers markets. Double Up Food Bucks Arizona is a federally funded effort that doubles the value of WIC and SNAP benefits used at farmers markets across the state.