Blue Sky Café- An Agrarian Kitchen
Sky Islands’ students will take part in the 2nd year of establishing our site-based farms and preparing lunches as part of the school’s Blue Sky Café. This is an urban farm-to-kitchen program to provide students with experience in both growing and preparing food. Student harvests from our on-site farms, as well as supplementary produce from Tucson’s Rattlebox Farm, help to create the healthy lunches for themselves and everyone in the school community.
As part of this program, 9th graders will begin in the Urban Horticulture class with Michael Bagesse. There students will propagate seedlings in the greenhouse, select and plant seasonal vegetables to grow, install irrigation, and manage the farm. Then those students will take what they’ve grown—or we’ve purchased at local farmers’ markets and local retailers— and prepare healthy, nutrition-rich lunches in the fully-renovated school kitchen. The kitchen classes will be directed by our chef, Glen Coffman, in partnership with the growers.
This year we are adding an upper division Animal Studies class taught by Alexandra Berger. Students will organically raise chickens, design and build a chicken habitat that includes a coop and free range areas, and take responsibility for the health and safety of the flock. Eggs that our chickens provide will be used in the kitchen to enhance the menu options.
Designed to provide students with an authentic kitchen and dining experience, as well as generating minimal waste, the Blue Sky Café features real glass, flatware and tableware (not paper or plastic), provisions for vegan dishes, and opportunities for select menu choices. Menu planning based on seasonal ingredients will allow us to do this at a very low cost to students—the goal is that every student, regardless of income, can afford a Blue Sky Café lunch.
Monthly subscription prices are thirty/$30 per student, or twenty/$20 for students enrolled in the Culinary Arts classes.
Thank you for your support of our local food system and economy, sustainable organic agriculture, and the health of our students!