Nutrition Services Spotlight on Barb Harvath

What is your favorite thing about working for Nutrition Services at Eastern Carver County Schools? Growing up, my parents owned a restaurant in Bangladesh and this is where my passion for food and cooking comes from, so working for Nutrition Services is a very comfortable fit for me.  What is the funniest thing a student has ever said to you? When I first worked at Chaska Elementary kitchen, a little boy asked why I was so small. My thought was that I should encourage him to eat healthy like eating more vegetables so the answer I gave him was that I should have listened to my parents to eat more vegetables. Maybe I would have grown taller! The look on his face was priceless.  What is your favorite thing to cook at home? I live to eat, and I cook a lot of Chinese and Indian food. But my favorite thing to cook is spicy Indian dishes, like chicken, beef, mutton, or fish curry.  What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? Gardening – but that’s usually in the summer.  Who... Continue reading Nutrition Services Spotlight on Barb Harvath

New grant program helps school gardens grow

Eastern Carver County Schools is excited to launch a new School Garden Grant Program.  Funds for these grants are being generously provided by a community donor over the next five years.  These grants will expand school gardens in the district and enhance outdoor learning experiences for students. Seven school gardens currently serve as a source of learning for students throughout the district. Teachers from a variety of studies, including science, social studies, and math/engineering often creatively incorporate their school garden into standards-based lesson plans to learn about topics such as life-cycle, germination, the history of the land, and more. Not only do students enjoy the school gardens and have fun taking care of them, but they also walk away with a strong sense of community and environmental stewardship. This sustainable model makes for great learning opportunities. The School Garden Grant Program is open to employees of Eastern Carver County Schools to request funds... Continue reading New grant program helps school gardens grow

Apply For School Meal Benefits

Eastern Carver County Schools Parents/Guardians: We recognize that economic situations change throughout the year for families in our community. At this time of year with the new semester, we want to remind all Eastern Carver County Schools families that free and reduced price meals are available for students who qualify. Parents/guardians may apply for meal benefits at any point throughout the year, and as often as their financial situation or household size changes. This includes temporary situations like changes in seasonal work. For more information about the Application for Educational Benefits, or to access a paper or online application, please visit our Nutrition Services webpage. If you have additional questions, please contact Julie Eklund, Nutrition Services Specialist, at 952-556-6152 or... Continue reading Apply For School Meal Benefits

Nutrition Services Spotlight on Linda Riesgraf

What is your favorite thing about working for Nutrition Services at Eastern Carver County Schools? It’s hard to narrow it down to one favorite thing, because so many elements go into making this a job I thoroughly enjoy.   But, bottom line, it’s the people.  The nutrition staff in our kitchen works together so well.  They are a supportive, professional, and really fun group of ladies. The students and staff are great customers.  I always enjoy hearing their comments—especially when they love something we are serving…and even their feedback when they don’t. What is the funniest thing a student has ever said to you? Recently, a student was nearing the end of the serving line with a pretty full tray. He smiled proudly and said, “When you like to eat as much as I do, you learn the art of stacking your food efficiently.” What is your favorite thing to cook at home? At home, I like to try out new recipes. Lots of trial and error, but once in a while, I make something I love! Who was your... Continue reading Nutrition Services Spotlight on Linda Riesgraf

Nutrition Services Spotlight: Locally Sourced Turkey

Nutrition Services is proud to be partnering with Ferndale Market in Cannon Falls.  Ferndale Market is a third generation free range turkey farm that prides itself on growing turkeys the way nature intended, without the use of antibiotics or growth promotants.  The turkeys are processed naturally, without additives, binders and fillers, using only simple ingredients.  And furthermore, they are DECLICOUS! All Eastern Carver County Schools will be serving Ferndale turkey as part of our locally sourced menu on Thursday, November 15th. Click here to watch a video of the turkeys on the... Continue reading Nutrition Services Spotlight: Locally Sourced Turkey

Nutrition Services Spotlight on Julia Zieman

What is your favorite thing about working for Nutrition Services at Eastern Carver County Schools? I look forward to each day knowing adventure awaits and no 2 days are the same!  I am proud to work in a great district for the past 18 years and to be able to support the students. What is the funniest thing a student has ever said to you? When I first started in the district, a student came and told each staff member “You’re Fired!” This was a daily occurrence. Then one day, I replied, “O.K. then there won’t be anyone to get your lunch”. He said,  “I could stay this once” What is your favorite thing to cook at home? My favorite thing to cook is something for my family and friends, like a big breakfast.  I also enjoy making jams and baked goods. Then give them away as parting gifts. Who has had the biggest positive impact in your life and why? My grandmother Anita, she shared her cooking and canning skills with me! She rarely measured unless it was a new recipe and she saved... Continue reading Nutrition Services Spotlight on Julia Zieman