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On Point with Pat - BCAITC Executive Director

Category: On Point with Pat

 

We are excited to roll out our Take a Bite of BC program to all of the Culinary Arts teaching kitchens in the province for the 2016-17 school year!

That’s 56 high schools!

We work with the chef instructors in the schools to  build awareness about the variety of local, fresh BC products as well as the farms and farmers that provide it. There are 4,390 Culinary arts students and over 40 thousand students in BC high schools benefiting from the fresh local BC products donated by farmers. We distribute BC products to school teaching kitchens where Culinary Arts students have hands on lessons to work with the products to develop new skills in food preparation and preservation.

Many teaching kitchens encourage students to try something new by creating sample Take a Bite of BC products for students to taste while in the lunch line-up. Some of the ingenious students created: eggplant Baba ganoush, Brussel sprouts with bacon, deviled eggs, and squash soup. A social media contest was created so Culinary Arts students could win a prize by sharing their menu successes with their friends to create a buzz around the school about BC products served in the cafeteria. Some schools involved their media classes to alert students about the featured BC products menu or send special thanks to BC Farmers.

We would like to specially recognize those organizations that responded to our request for financial assistance to extend the distribution to all the Culinary Arts teaching kitchens in BC for 2016-17:

BC Blueberry Council, BC Tree Fruits, BC Egg Marketing Board, BC Turkey Marketing Board, Windset Farms, Versa Cold, BC Processing Vegetable Industry Development Fund, Metro Vancouver Agricultural Advisory Committee, BC Broiler Hatching Egg Commission.

The BC Farmers and Organizations that will supply complimentary product for the 2016-17 School year are: BC Cattlemen’s Association, BC Chicken Marketing Board, BC Cranberry Marketing Board, BC Dairy Association, BC Egg Marketing Board, BC Fresh, BC Frozen Foods Ltd., BC Hot House Foods Inc., BC Pork Producers Association, BC Processing Vegetable Industry Development Fund, BC Raspberry Industry Development Council, BC Salmon Farmers Association, BC Strawberry Growers Association, BC Tree Fruits, BC Turkey Farmers, Alberta Canola Producers Commission, All Seasons Mushrooms, Creekside Hothouse Ltd., Evergreen Herbs, Fraser Valley Cole Crop Growers’ Association,  Fraser Valley Peas, Bush Beans & Corn Growers’ Association, Golden Valley Foods, Houweling’s Tomatoes, Kitchen Pick Living Herbs, Ocean Spray of Canada, Prairie Mushrooms, South Alder Farms, Sunrise Poultry, Van Eekelen Enterprises, and Windset Farms. Thank you to all of you for supporting us in teaching young people about BC product and the farms where it is produced.

If Agriculture Industry organizations would like to develop a “Spotlight Series” lesson with us that teaches about the product from farm to kitchen, we at BC Agriculture in the Classroom would like to work with you in developing engaging lessons for the teaching chefs to use with your product in the kitchen. We have worked with BC Cattlemen and the Salmon Farmers in the last 2 years – your commodity could be next! Please contact us of you are interested.

We hear over and over again about the amazing, fresh and high quality product coming to kitchens through this program. Students get the hands on experience of preparing fresh BC products, an experience not usually afforded by most schools.

The teaching chefs, the students, and BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation appreciate BC Farmers!