Posts Tagged ‘D.C. Council’

D.C. Schools Chancellor Defends Decision to Ditch Chocolate Milk

  Not coming back to D.C. schools By Ed Bruske aka The Slow Cook  D.C. Public Schools officials apparently have no intention of reinstating chocolate milk in local cafeterias despite a recent grilling by D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown and the pleadings of a first-grader who polled his fellow students.  In an e-mail to Brown [...]

Big Dairy Loves 7-Year-Old’s Take on Chocolate Milk, But He Needs a Fact Check

  By Ed Bruske aka The Slow Cook  The National Dairy Council is circulating the testimony of a first-grader at Lafayette Elementary School who told the D.C. Council kids aren’t drinking milk as much since chocolate milk was removed from the menu.  D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown last week grilled schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson on the [...]

D.C. Council Chair Would Have First-Graders Make School Food Policy, Reinstate Chocolate Milk

By Ed Bruske aka The Slow Cook D.C.Council Chairman Kwame Brown says he’s in possession of “research” conducted by a first-grade pupil that convinces him schools in the nation’s capitol should bring back chocolate milk. Brown made the remarks in an animated exchange last week with Kaya Henderson during hearings to consider her confirmation as schools chancellor. Saying a [...]

D.C. to Fully Fund “Healthy Schools” with Sales Tax on Sodas

By Ed Bruske Contributing Editor The D.C. Council yesterday agreed to fully fund the recently approved “Healthy Schools” initiative, but not with the “soda tax” proposed by Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3). Rather, the city will begin imposing a more traditional sales tax of six percent on all soft drinks sold in the District. What, [...]

Ramping up Farm to School in “Healthy Schools”

Could a centralized storage, processing and distribution kitchen be key to providing wholesome, local produce to the District’s school children?

“Healthy Schools” legislation pending before the D.C. Council would require that city schools use locally grown farm goods in school meals “whenever possible.” With some 60,000 students to be fed on a daily basis, that certainly would represent a boon to the local farm economy. But is it feasible? How can we convince farmers to bring their products into the District? And how can we store vegetables from a growing season that doesn’t exactly coincide with the school year? How can we get these local foods to schools for an affordable price?

Farm to School stakeholders met to discuss with staff for Councilmember Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), author of the “Healthy Schools” bill, how legislation could encourage farm to school programs in the District, and solve some of the issues facing existing food programs.

WashPost Ups Volume on Backyard Chickens

Eggs from backyard chickens are an excellent source of inexpensive protein

By Ed Bruske

Contributing Editor

Washington Post garden columnist Adrian Higgins today lends his voice to the growing movement behind backyard chickens in the nation’s capitol with a front-page spread in the paper’s Home section.

Higgins recounts the story of Caryn Ernst and how D.C. police and animal control agents swooped down on her family’s Capitol Hill home in June when they discovered that Ernst and her daughters were raising some chickens in their back yard as part of an elementary school science project. After the chickens were taken away, Ernst started digging into D.C. law and discovered that it is nearly impossible to raise backyard chickens in the District of Columbia. Animal control regulations require that chickens be kept at least 50 feet from the nearest residence.

Ernst took her concerns to local Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), who, with Ernst’s assistance, drafted a new law that would ease restrictions on keeping chickens. That bill is now in the hands of Councilmember David Catania (R-At Large), pending a hearing before the Council’s Committee on Health, which Catania chairs.

Going Local with “Healthy Schools”: The Debate Begins

By Andrea Northup  With the recent introduction of “Healthy Schools” legislation in the D.C. Council, the District of Columbia joins a gathering national movement toward incorporating local produce in school meals. By providing strong impetus for schools to serve more nutritious foods grown in our own area, the bill in one broad stroke addresses interlocking [...]