November 2018: Kale
This month in Farm-to-School, students are learning about Food Waste and not only the impacts it makes on humans and our planet, but also on wildlife. Did you know that ⅓ of all food gets wasted worldwide and almost half of all fruits and veggies gets wasted? That is a lot of land, water, and energy for the plant and the farmer to expend when so much of the end product gets thrown away.
Food gets wasted at many levels of the food chain, from the Apple that never makes it off the farm, to the knobby carrot that nobody wants to buy at the supermarket, to the gallon of milk that went sour because we pushed it to the back of the fridge and forgot about it. However, the stage that most food gets wasted is actually in our own homes. This means that we have the power to address the problem! Planning meals and repurposing leftovers are just a few ways to combat food waste, can you brainstorm anymore preventative actions we can take?
Bananas are a fruit that often gets wasted, so for our Farm-to-School recipe this month we are repurposing mushy bananas to make Kale Smoothies. If you ever have difficulty feeding your child leafy greens, consider feeding them this smoothie. The flavors of the fruit and the ginger balance beautifully with the Dinosaur Kale.
-2 leaves of Dinosaur (Lacinato) Kale, shredded
-2 cups of frozen blueberries
-2 cups of Apple Cider
-A small knob of ginger
Blend and Enjoy!