From The Ground Up (FTGU) is a curriculum-based wellness initiative with its roots in the garden. The organization is committed to nutrition, better food in schools, environmental awareness, sustainability, and community.
Based in Stone Ridge, FTGU started by creating a garden at Marbletown Elementary School. The children were involved in the entire process. FTGU is working with the school to provide healthier lunches and snacks, ample opportunities for physical activity, hands-on environmental curriculum based in the garden, composting, and recycling.
Noah Sheetz, The Executive Chef at the New York State Governor’s Mansion, is a strong advocate for using local, fresh ingredients. He and FTGU have formed a partnership to help inspire the cafeteria staff at local schools and teach students how to use garden food in a variety of recipes.
From the Ground Up is planning field trips to local farms, so that students can feel a connection to the food and farmers, creating a better understanding of where our food comes from.
FTGU views wellness as the foundation of the health and wellbeing of our children, teachers, and local community. Check your local paper for FTGU community events focusing on food, wellness, ﬁtness, enviromental education, composting, and vermiculture.
1. Noah Sheetz at the Executive Mansion harvesting produce with visiting students for Wellness Awareness Day.
2. Slow Foods Hudson Valley and FTGU at the Marbletown Elementary School as part of a national eat-in to raise awareness about using local fresh foods in the school cafeterias. Families and friends gather to cook.
3. RVGA and MES interns Carrie Carson and Mark Davenport built, harvested, and gleaned for schools and the hungry.
4. A Lederman student watches plants grow.
5. CIA interns in the garden at Marbletown Elementary School.
6. Noah Sheetz cooks with Rondout School District kitchen staff.