EduCulture in the News

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Click on the player below or here to listen to a July 26, 2014 podcast on
Bainbridge Community Radio about the work of EduCulture.

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EduCulture Stole My Heart…then Gave Me Strawberries

Click here to read Spring Courtright’s Story on her visit with an EduCulture Field Class in her Kitsap Sun Blog, June 13, 2014

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Global Source receives Wall of Fame Award for Human Rights Education

L-R: GSE Board Member Ed Mikel, Jon Garfunkel, KCCHR Board Members Tom Fairchild & Rob Purser

December 2012… Global Source Founder and Managing Director, Jon Garfunkel, was presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Kitsap County Council for Human Rights and Kitsap County Commissioners for Global Source’s leadership in local human rights and social justice education in our region. Contributions to the educational community from our EduCulture and Only What We Can Carry projects were cited during the presentation.  This special honor was received on behalf of the entire learning organization, and serves as a valuable affirmation that our work is making a difference.  Click here for more information about the award.

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Islanders turn out to honor memory of influential farmer
Special to the Kitsap Sun, August 19, 2012
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Akio Suyematsu is gone, but his legacy flourishes on Day Road. His influence on both land and people was evident Sunday, as more than 150 islanders paid final respects to the legendary Bainbridge farmer during a memorial at Suyematsu Farms. (more)

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Carrying a Message
Bainbridge Island Review, March 22, 2012
What would you carry with you – if you only had six days to pack a bag for yourself and your family, headed to a remote location, for an unknown period of time? What would you bring?  (click here to read the full story)


Click Here for a video presentation & tour on the Suyematsu Family from OWWCC & EduCulture Director Jon Garfunkel on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Japanese American Exclusion on Bainbridge Island, WA

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Click here to read about news about Only What We Can Carry Project

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Community Recognition & Community Leadership Award

Global Source and Bainbridge Island School District leaders at the WASA Community Awards. L-R: Katy Curtis, Jon Garfunkel, Mary Woodward (OWWCC Board) , Kay Nakao (OWWCC Board), Julie Goldsmith (BISD Asst Superintendent), Pam Keyes (BISD Director of Communications), and Faith Chapel (BISD Superintendent)

2011 WASA Community Awards
L-R: Katy Curtis, Jon Garfunkel, Mary Woodward (OWWCC Board) , Kay Nakao (OWWCC Board), Julie Goldsmith (BISD Asst Superintendent), Pam Keyes (BISD Director of Communications), and Faith Chapel (BISD Superintendent)

May 2011…Global Source Education was honored by the Bainbridge Island School District with a Community Recognition Award and presented the Community Leadership Award by the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) for “outstanding community leadership and contributions to the improvement of public education.” We are grateful for such meaningful recognition of our two locally grown projects centered on Bainbridge Island: EduCulture and Only What We Can Carry. May 2011…Global Source Education was honored by the Bainbridge Island School District with a Community Recognition Award and presented the Community Leadership Award by the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) for “outstanding community leadership and contributions to the improvement of public education.” We are grateful for such meaningful recognition of our two locally grown projects centered on Bainbridge Island: EduCulture and Only What We Can Carry.

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EduCulture Provides Real Food For Thought
Bainbridge Is. School District, Fall 2011 Newsletter
In Fall 2011, EduCulture Founder, Jon Garfunkel, and BISD Food Service Director, Patty Rounsley, were honored by Bainbridge Is. School District as “Stars in Our School” for their work in Farm-School & Bite of Bainbridge programs.  Click here for the story: BISD Stars in School Fall 2011

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“Digging in dirt is good for students,”
Letters to the Editor, Bainbridge Island Review, October 15, 2010
“My grandmother was a lunch lady. In fact she ran the entire cafeteria for the Port Townsend School District, where I grew up. This was in the ‘70s and, come to learn now, Grandma was ahead of her time. She made homemade baking-powder biscuits, real baked chicken and mashed potatoes with real spuds, not from a box…(More)

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“Students get a ‘Taste of Bainbridge’,”
Bainbridge Island Review, October 7, 2010
A project five years in the making came to fruition this week as the “Taste of Bainbridge” kicked off in the Bainbridge Island School District.
Students district wide got a chance to eat produce from local farms in their school lunches that was planted, cultivated and harvested by students…(More)

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“Food Grown for Kids, by Kids Could Become Staple of Kitsap Lunch Rooms,” Kitsap Sun, June 18, 2010
As the local food movement grows, schoolyard gardens are becoming nearly as ubiquitous in Washington public schools as, well, standardized tests. So it only makes sense that some of the homegrown grub makes it on to the lunch line…(More)

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Making Locally Grown History with Edible Education Project at Morales Farm
June 8, 2010, Bainbridge Island, WA
This spring, through a new pilot project in edible education, a group of Bainbridge Island farmers, educators and students will be seeding some locally grown history.  For the first time on Bainbridge Island, publically owned farmland is being used in service to public education to create public produce that will be distributed to the school lunch program starting this fall…(More)

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“Farming’s future is in their hands,” 
Bainbridge Island Review, June 20, 2009

More students are participating in hands-on, farm-based education.
With their fingers gingerly wrapped around stems of garlic, students of Peggy Koivu’s first- and second-grade class slowly pulled soil-covered bulbs from the ground, releasing their distinctive aroma into the air…(More)

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“Day Road Farms Show Bainbridge Educators Sustainable Lessons”
Bainbridge Island Review
, August 2008

Under the tutelage of Bainbridge farmers and craftsmen, teachers became pupils at Day Road farms last week…(More)

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Recent Posts

Taking Applications for 2017-18 Leadership in Edible Education Program

LEE Lunch at Food Muse 2

EduCulture in partnership with Antioch University Seattle is proud to announce openings for the third cycle of our Leadership in Edible Education Certificate Program (L.E.E.) taking place Fall 2017-Summer 2018.  The LEE program is spread over four quarterly courses aimed at building the professional repertoire of those who seek to work in the field of edible education.  It’s open to formal and informal educators and other professionals who are interested in making a difference through edible education, in schools and the wider community. The program is now a formal concentration within Antioch University, making the first of its kind in a graduate program in education.

“I knew that I wanted to be a part of this food revolution, inspiring people to reclaim their birthright to eat healthy whole foods and understand how it was created. EduCulture guides us to create tangible food education programs adapting our ideas to the existing food network across the world. We observe pioneering education and we participate in practical field experiences. I love this program.” – Brian Gilbert, Cheesemonger & 2015-16 LEE Graduate

In the 21st century, edible education has become the vanguard and crossroads of many fields of education, from environmental to sustainability, social to global, experiential to vocational, outdoor to horticultural, health and nutrition to school lunch reform. Food is a topic of study that can be found across the curriculum and embedded, implicitly and explicitly, across standards and grade levels. Edible Education encompasses the entire way we think about food in schools, from wellness policies to the quality of school lunch, from the content of core curriculum to career and technical education, from school gardens to food waste recycling, and from the ecology of a school campus to our wider food community.

The first field course in the 2017-18 program, Education Towards Food & Community, begins Fall Quarter.  Click here for more details.

Click here to learn more about the Leadership in Edible Education Certificate Program. We are taking applications through September 15, 2017.  Space is limited.

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