Aliveschool Cafeteria

Program Type: 
Garden Classrooms, Kitchen Classrooms, School Cafeterias, Academic Classrooms
Grade Level/Age Group: 
Kindergarten, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
Year Founded: 
2017
About the Program: 

Aliveschool is a healthy lifestyle Puerto Rican company founded with a simple mission: provide good and nutritious food, that tastes great.

We aspire to develop children’s palates, to expand their minds about food and guide them to develop lifetime habits of good nutrition with a strong sense of wellness.

We are guided by the following values:

  1. Good and nutritious food featuring fresh and high-quality ingredients is the beginning of everything
  2. Our business presents an opportunity to develop a child’s positive attitude towards healthy food
  3. Creating connections to food leads to individual wellness and environmental responsibility
  4. Gardens and composts are not only important company sustainable initiatives but community building tools and teaching “grounds”
  5. Good service and approaching the work with respect lead towards pride in the product.

Our cafeteria services feature several small gardens and three types of composting methods that are open to all students. We have also partnered with the schools we serve and have developed and executed the following curriculums:

  • Health and wellness lectures and activities. Participants from kindergarten, 2nd and 8th grade. Topics include the importance of a healthy diet and nutrition, identifying healthy options, the dangers of sugary drinks, and the importance of exercising.
  • Aliveschool's Summer "Food Exploration Program" featuring the following educational modules: how to create seedling beds using recycled materials, planting in the garden, upcycling coffee grounds to make soap and cooking classes using food from the garden. Open to all participants of the Summer program.
  • Vermicomposting: what it is, how to build and maintain it. We began this first year with participants from Kindergarten and 1stgrade.
  • Hot Bin Composting: Ongoing program using cafeteria food scraps for use in garden. Partnership with participants from the Environmental Club (Upper Classmen).  Upcoming Earth Day activity will feature a Town Hall meeting presentation to all school students about the project and the importance of composting.   
  • Three-pile composting system: Using discarded wooden pallets we built a three-pile composting system. This is also an ongoing program using cafeteria food scraps for use in the garden. We have partnered with the teacher of the 8th grade science class and her students and use it as a learning tool about the following topics: the impact of food waste in the environment, composting methods and their benefits, and agriculture. The focus in agriculture includes some of its components such as soil, composting, and sustainability. They are collecting quantitative data (pH, temperature, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) as well as qualitative data with an observation log.

The above mentioned programs have all received positive feedback from the school administrators, teachers involved as well as participants so we are in the process of expanding and developing next semester's curriculums for other grades and teachers.