October 9, 2012
Alice Waters to help break ground on 'Edible Sac High'

Sacramento Charter High School will get a little taste of Chez Panisse at 11 a.m. today as Alice Waters pays a visit to break ground on "Edible Sac High." The program is modeled after the Edible Schoolyard at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Waters' home town of Berkeley. Like its sister program by the bay, Edible Sac High will include a school garden that will produce bounty utilized by a student run cafeteria and kitchen classroom.

Students have been working on the garden since late August, digging trenches and spreading plastic sheeting over the ground to help heat the soil and get it primed for planting. Part of Edible Sac High's mission statement says "a blueprint for this program will be shared with high schools across both the state of California and the nation."

Along with Waters, a figurehead of the "slow food" movement, today's groundbreaking will be attended by Mayor Kevin Johnson, Karen Ross, secretary of California's Department of Food and Agriculture and Craig McNamara, president of the California Food and Agriculture Commission.

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