On Thursday, May 10th, 300 high school and middle school students will arrive on the FoodWhat Farm at UCSC to harvest strawberries and make healthy smoothies, visit the food justice wall, talk to admissions officers from UCSC and Cabrillo College, transplant lettuce to take home and grow food of their own, and so much more. While it’s sure to be hours of a fun time, there’s also a serious message at the core of this event: understanding FOOD JUSTICE and how it impacts youth and the community.
The Strawberry Blast is hosted by the “Food, What?!” Crew (a project of Life Lab —a local non-profit organization) in partnership with the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems at UCSC, the Santa Cruz City Schools’ Wellness Committee, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, and the Central Coast School Farm Alliance. Generous material support for this event came from Straus Family Creamery, Live Earth Farm, Swanton Berry Farm, Everett Family Farm, and Dirty Girl Produce.
Using fun activities and the energy from fresh, organic strawberries, youth teams will be jumping on some serious health and justice issues for teens in our community. This event was created by “Food What?!” teens for Santa Cruz County middle and high school students. This event has two goals: one, to open the eyes of youth to where food comes from, and to have a positive farm experience; two, to learn about food justice and explore their own personal health. This event has been conceived and organized by two FoodWhat team members, Thairie Ritchie (16) & Sam Gouveia (19).