Senior duo leads Riders advance, with sectional win

KINDERHOOK–In the final home game of their careers, Ichabod Crane seniors Joe Fey and Tyler Zeh each recorded a double-double in their team’s 69-37 victory over Corinth in the first round of the Class B basketball sectionals. Fey finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds while Zeh had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win. The victory moved the Riders into the next round where they were scheduled to travel to top seeded Watervliet Tuesday night. The two teams met earlier this season in Valatie, where the Cannoneers won 60-44. Read more…

Germantown hosts trio of sectional games

GERMANTOWN–The school here hosted a triple header of Section II Class D, first-round playoff games Tuesday, February 21. The night started off with the fifth seeded Hawthorne Valley boys basketball team hosting Bolton, followed by a match-up between the eighth seeded Germantown girls against the ninth seed Hawthorne Valley and a nightcap between eighth seed Germantown boys and Fort Edward.

In the first game the Wildcats got all they could handle in a game that was closer than many expected. In the opening quarter Christian Peterson scored seven points for the Wildcats, but they still found themselves in a five-point hole. Peterson put up another eight in the second quarter, but the deficit widened to eight at the half. Read more…

FROM FARM TO SCHOOL: School Foods: commodity vs. local

THE FARM TO SCHOOL CONCEPT centers on the notion that feeding local, farm-fresh foods to our school children is superior to giving them foods that aren’t local, are probably processed and not fresh, and came from who-knows-where after being raised by (probably corporate) farmers and processed by related corporate entities.

It’s a nice ideal. In reality, it’s difficult (and currently impossible) to fully achieve. Practical food-service pros like Paul Ventura from Greenville Central and Pam Strompf from Taconic Hills marry the two to reap the benefits of both. Under the aegis of the Healthcare Consortium’s Kids in Motion program, Ventura and Strompf recently met with other Taconic Hills food-service staff to share tips for making the most of resources while aiming for the farm-to-school goal.

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FROM FARM TO SCHOOL: Planting a food story

THE CONCEPT of “farm to school” burst on the scene in the mid-’90s, when a handful of programs sprouted in California and Florida. Berkeley’s Edible Schoolyard was one such, and it transformed an inner-city schoolyard, a sea of blacktop, into an extensive, verdant garden that in turn transformed children’s lives. Responding to those successful initiatives, in 2001 the US Department  of Agriculture’s Small Farms/School Meals Initiative cultivated similar projects in Kentucky, Iowa and Oregon. Now there are more than 2,000 programs nationwide.

Columbia County’s Farm to School program may seem new, but it’s been developing over some years. The concept of food as something that, voila! magically appears only to satisfy requirements of palatability and low cost, is, we hope, entering its twilight among the broader population. In our schools, that outdated food concept has been a subject of enormous concern and discussion, and our teachers and school food services had been keeping a sharp eye on the various farm-to-school efforts elsewhere that were improving, among other things, children’s health and nutrition. Read more…

FROM FARM TO SCHOOL: A Great Start in Germantown

EDUCATORS AT GERMANTOWN Central School District’s Elementary School are remarking on an interesting phenomenon: many of their students want to learn to cook.

These teachers also say their students are sampling and enjoying foods that in years past would get a quick and unambiguous thumbs-down. For example, a fresh spinach salad lightly dressed with oil and vinegar: 5th graders quite literally gobbled it up. And a lettuce salad had 4th graders coming back for seconds and thirds. Read more…