Fun & Games at Our Holiday Harvest

IMG_3450Our first community harvest festival of the school year last weekend brought fresh food and energetic holiday cheer to the halls of New Beginnings Charter School.

More than 80 New Beginnings students and parents joined Teens for Food Justice volunteers to explore our flourishing crops, taste fresh recipes made with our leafy green harvest, create beautiful holiday crafts and learn about nutrition with fun fitness games like “Junkfood Jeopardy” and “Good Fridge Relay Race.” Friendly competitions for the much-coveted prize of clementines & dark chocolate bites, these games explore exercise and health and address facts about which foods most benefit our bodies and why.

In between the excitement of games and crafts, families replenished with tastings of fresh kale smoothies and delicious healthy recipes prepared diligently by the middle school Cooking Club! Our lush, 40 pound harvest of cucumbers, Swiss chard, collard greens and lettuce went straight home with the families who attended.

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The teens stirred up a celebration by closing the day with a holiday dance party to get everyone’s heart-rate up. As a special treat, every family was entered in a raffle, with five winners receiving a fresh bag of produce from our farm, along with a recipe packet and all of the ingredients necessary to cook up a healthy meal at home. On this Service Day, TFFJ volunteers were able to engage with families in the Bed-Stuy community who directly benefit from the farm they built, sharing with them the knowledge and ingredients to stay happy and healthy this holiday season!

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