Volunteers Needed! 🥕Garden State on Your Plate Events 🥦
Mon, Apr 1 9:00am-12:00pm
Johnson Park School Cafeteria
2 days before
Garden State on Your Plate is back at JP!
This farm-to-school  education program brings chefs and farmers into
our school cafeteria at mealtime to serve up sample sizes of very simple recipes
made with seasonal and local produce.
Our last 2024 tasting date is April 1st.

This palate education program spotlights a local, frugal produce item for each month of the school year. Posters featuring the item are displayed for the month in the halls and in the cafeterias of each of the district’s six schools. An online newsletter recaps the posters and offers recipes and growing tips.  

In partnership with Metz Culinary Management, each of the district’s cafeterias includes the spotlighted food on the lunch line on Tuesdays and on Thursdays, with globally-based recipes and flavorings. These foods make direct links to:
• curriculum, including the NJ Climate Change Education mandate;
• diverse cultures within the student population;
• the origins of the food and its pathways to the Garden State;
• current events; and,
• campus lands, each school’s Edible Gardens, and the New Jersey food shed.

The program also aims to build community of the table and increase quality of the school food offerings by everyday incorporation of these produce items.

Produce items for the remainder of the school year:
February – sweet potatoes
March – carrots
April – spinach
May – lettuce
June – peas

Each tasting event  the JP PTO is looking for 3-4 volunteer parents
who could help setup, serve the kids, reset for the next group in between and cleanup.
If you would love to help make this event a success at JP ,
please complete the sign-up form below!
Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Kathleen Brennan and Brooke Cole
Co-Presidents, JP PTO
Kara Mangone
VP JP PTO Go Green


Parents to help with setting up, serving, resetting and cleaning up (10:30- 11:30am) Signed Up: 2 / 4

Mon, Apr 1 10:00am-11:30am
Sign up

Parents to help with setting up, serving, resetting and cleaning up (11:30- 1:00pm Signed Up: 2 / 4

Mon, Apr 1 11:30am-1:00pm
Sign up