The parents who pick up their kids at Mt. Washington Elementary at the end of the school day can now also pick up some locally-grown produce as well. On Thursday afternoons, members of the Mt. Washington Produce Collective can pick up $18 boxes of pesticide-free fruits and vegetables, with the proceeds benefiting the the Friends of Mt. Washington School and equitableroots, a nonprofit involved in food and housing issues. The idea for the collective came after a group of Mount Washington residents who helped build a school vegetable garden last year were looking at ways to increase neighborhood outreach as well as raise funds. The idea of a traditional bake sale featuring sugar-filled treats did not seem to fit the goals of a group focused on healthy foods. So, residents turned to equitableroots, which collects the produce from local farmers and delivers it to the school. The collective has signed up 56 members so far, said Sara Fairchild.
Collective members, who purchase the food online, pick up their box in front of the school’s parent center. Earlier this month, a box from the Mt. Washington Produce Collective contained fresh organic raw almonds, apples, oranges, carrots, Swiss chard, kale, green onions, and broccoli.
“The formation of this partnership and the fund-raising activity becomes a win-win-win for all – family, community, and the world,” said a press release issued by the collective. “Families on the hill are provided with locally harvested, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. Supporting local farmers uses less energy and creates less pollution in the transportation and storage of food, thus decreasing carbon emissions locally and globally.”
Photo from the Mt. Washington Produce Collective