Garden State on Your Plate

Garden State on Your Plate began with a $30,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the 2010-11 school year. Subsequently, under the direction of Fran McManus, coordinator, co-founder of PSGC and a board member, we adapted the program to suit a more hands-on approach for K-5 at-risk students attending the YMCA-based Princeton Young Achievers program. Since then, the program has continued to grow and thrive, with funding from the Community and Regional Affairs department at Princeton University, McCaffrey’s Markets and Heartland Payment Systems.

After the pilot, Fran McManus took on the program administration. Garden State on Your Plate now enjoys wide and deep support throughout the community and soon will be expanded to JW Middle School. Partners beyond Princeton Public Schools include, but aren’t limited to, the Arts Council of Princeton, Becky Graham, bent spoon artisan ice cream, C. Todd Reichart, Cherry Grove Farm, Gennaro Porcaro, Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate, greendesign, jammin’ crepes, JaZams, Jennifer Cohan/Savory PR, Jess Atkins/Stylebook App, Labyrinth Books, McCaffrey’s Food Markets, Nassau Inn, Nassau Street Seafood, Nutri-Serve Food Management, Olsson’s Fine Foods, Palmer Square, Princeton Day School, Princeton Family YMCA, Princeton Farmers’ Market, Princeton Soup & Sandwich, Princeton Tour Company, Savory Spice, small world coffee, The Costume Scene, Whole Earth Center and YourTownTube.

We are slowly transferring the The Garden State on Your Plate program to the schools. NutriServe has taken on the preparation of the dishes and is now supplying the recipe, rather than a different chef and/or farmer each time. Each school now takes ownership of a vegetable and produces a short video about it.

Jess Niederer

Farmer Jess Niederer has grown Swiss chard for this fall’s Garden State on Your Plate events at all four elementary schools. Chefs from Princeton University will be preparing the greens.

Princeton goes chard-core

October 7, 2014

Everyone got into the game of Swiss chard for fall 2014 – from toy store owners to artists to restaurateurs to bookesellers, and all the teachers in between. Here’s a selection of chard-core Princeton, under the direction of Fran McManus, board member.