Geyserville Schools in the News
Congratulations, Mr. Bradford! Innovative Ag with AWE
The Geyserville New Tech Innovative Ag with AWE Aeroponics program, led by our own David Bradford, has been selected as the recipient of the 2023 Award for Educational Innovation in the Secondary Education category.
The Program will be recognized at the Sonoma State University School of Education Recognition & Award Ceremony at from 5-7pm on Thursday, May 4, 2023. During the awards ceremony, Mr. Bradford will share with county educators the creative and collaborative story of our innovative program.
Congratulations on the selection of your program for the Award for Educational Innovation.
Deborah Bertolucci--Superintendent Geyserville Schools, Food and Wine Award for
See GNTA on PBS: Bay Area Bountiful - Local Heroes who Give Back
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Café Facts with Ms. Nina
🍎 In a one week span, Geyserville Schools go through a case of cucumbers, two cases of apples, and a case of bananas.
🍎 All Geyserville schools are moving towards ZERO Waste. The ends of lettuce and peels of oranges all go to some local sheep and chickens weekly. Bread ends that don't get used for sandwiches, get turned into croutons. Our paper boats and bowls we use are compostable. Students and staff are encouraged to use our compost and recycle bins before the landfill one. Containers for yogurt and sour cream go to either the shop or art classes to be repurposed and reused. We do have some packaging waste, however, any soiled products that can’t be recycled fit in two small cans.
🍎Part of the school food program is to buy American grown products and minimize offshore food purchasing. While that is the focus, some things have to come further depending on what’s happening in the growing regions due to unforeseen circumstances.
🍎 Our Scratch-Based food target is 40% and we are above that already! All Geyserville schools use the scratch cooking method, meaning the food is prepared with fresh ingredients so there are no preservatives or additives added. It also means healthier eating because all ingredients are scratch cooked from start to finish. For example, Ms. Nina cuts up fresh cucumbers instead of buying packaged ones. In fact, one of the only packaged veggies used at our Geyserville Schools are baby carrots.
🍎 Cafeteria staff are creative when it comes to getting students to eat the nutritious food presented to them at school. Lime and lemon wedges are offered with veggies to make food more appealing. They make “Protein Packs” and other cleverly named offerings to support a nutrient need.
🍎Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches are a favorite at GES! If a student really doesn’t want what is being offered that day, rather than seeing a student go without, Ms. Linda Love at GES kindly will often have a few sandwiches available. On a given day she usually makes about eight total sandwiches. If a student has a food allergy on file, sunflower seed butter and cheeseless pizza are alternatives for meal replacements.
🍎 Feeding our students is a team effort! Many are involved in making sure our students are set up for nutritional and academic success. From the school garden, Culinary program, Aeroponic/Tall Towers food system in the Science Lab, and of course, Cafeteria, we hit nutrition hands on. We also receive local support from groups like Geyserville Kiwanis. They have graciously donated sausage and eggs from their Pancake Breakfast fundraisers, which Ms. Nina turns into a school favorite~Breakfast Burritos.
🍎Students at Geyserville Schools have an impact on what food items are offered. In addition to food surveys, the cafeteria will try a new food item three times. If it isn’t a hit, they won’t serve it again. It appears our younger GES students are very vocal about their food opinions and with the older GNTA students, they hardly speak theirs.
🍎We are always happy to accept food donations from someone’s organic garden or organic trees! Please only contact via email only, Christina, our Manager of Food Services, at email@example.com to arrange food donations.
Geyserville's Laura Equitz led an art project focused on Dia de los Muertos at Geyserville Elementary School as part of their Fall Colors Festival October 30th. (see pg 23)
Geyserville New Tech Career Technical Education in action.