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Jan 18, 2011 | posted in Blog by seedlingprojects

Farm to Desk DC: Muffins and Maternity Wear

While visiting Brooklyn recently, I rode the Franklin Avenue Shuttle from a gentrifying part of Bedford-Stuyvesant to Park Slope.  On the train, two girls were loudly arguing about whether BJ’s or Costco has better muffins.  While the bakery trash-talk escalated, my heart sank as I pictured the huge, fat- and preservative-laden muffins that come on pallets of twenty-four.  As one of the girls finally shouted, “who cares about your muffins, have you tried BJ’s cheesecake?!,” I arrived at my stop.

Moments later, strolling past yoga studios and locally-sourced maternity clothes in Park Slope, I caught up with two mothers and their ten-year old sons.  One of the pair loudly proclaimed, “that was barely a salad bar at all!  Our school‘s salad bar has more than one type of lettuce and no Jell-O!  Who ever heard of Jell-O in a salad bar?”  The mothers nodded approvingly.

Seedling Projects works to equalize the diverging paths down which these kids are charging.  Great teachers aim to equip the children of Bedford-Stuyvesant to debate Shakespeare and complete calculus problems with students in Park Slope.  In Washington, D.C, we work to ensure that all children choose food that fuels their achievement and liberates them from chronic obesity, diabetes, and attention disorders.  The second educational achievement gap today is a Hunger Gap that when addressed correctly, puts all students on a path to opportunity.

-Peter Nalli, Food and Farm Curriculum Director for Farm to Desk D.C.

ONE COMMENT to “Farm to Desk DC: Muffins and Maternity Wear”

  1. I am forever indebted to you for this ifonramiton.

    Comment by Sugar — August 10, 2011 @ 10:36 am