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Take some time to focus on the orange

Live Healthy Nevada County
Special to The Union

Editors Note: The Union has partnered with Live Healthy Nevada County to highlight the Harvest of the Month program at local schools. Each month we will share with readers what the students are learning about local produce.

We are now in our third month of the Harvest of the Month Program. This month, students at 11 local schools are sampling blood oranges and navels from Kaki Farms in Gridley.

Last month, our highlighted item, kiwis, were a great success! All over Nevada County, kids have learned that you can eat kiwis with the skin on, which makes them an easier snack for everyone! At Deer Creek Elementary, kids watched excitedly as Principal Joe Limov tried his first kiwi with the skin on it.

At Lyman Gilmore Middle School, you can see kiwi art in the office inspired by last month’s tasting. One mother from Clear Creek School reported after doing a tasting with her class, her first-grade daughter now “can’t get enough kiwis” where as before she wouldn’t ever try them or eat them as a snack when they were served to her other siblings.

In other Live Healthy Nevada County news, we have been selected as one of the first California organizations to receive a FoodCorps member.

FoodCorps, a national organization that addresses childhood obesity and food insecurity, is recruiting service members from across California and the nation who are passionate about healthy food, farms and kids in an effort to help connect children to real food. As a member of the AmeriCorps Service Network, FoodCorps trains a team of emerging leaders and sends them to underserved areas, where they expand hands-on nutrition education programs, build and tend school gardens and bring high-quality local food into public school cafeterias.

Now in its second year, FoodCorps operates in 12 states and will add California, Hawaii and New Jersey to the list for the 2013/2014 school year, pending funding. Live Healthy Nevada County will be one of 10 service sites in California. The local Food Corp member will help develop a new educational farm site, do garden-nutrition education, help with local food procurement for school meals and build backyard gardens for families who qualify for free school lunch.

Applications for FoodCorps are due March 24. More information and an online application are available at http://foodcorps.org.

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