Evening Meal Dates

May 23, 2019



Sue Roundy, President
Marney Reynolds,Vice President
Ande Finley, Treasurer
Nancy Wallace, Secretary
Christine Langley
Heather Harrison
Aliza Finley
Dixie Budke
Jean Perry, Emeritus
Michele Heller, Emeritus


'Smart By Nature' Showcases Evening Meals at School and L.I.F.E. Program

The Lopez Island Farm Education Program (L.I.F.E.) and Evening Meals at School is showcased in Smart by Nature – Schooling for Sustainability (University of California Press, 2009), a book by Michael Stone and The Center for Ecoliteracy.

Highlighting innovative schools and programs across the country that prepare students for a sustainable future, the book provides strategies for greening campuses, rethinking school food, and transforming schools into model sustainable communities.

Stone documents this movement through inspiring success stories from public and independent schools across the country. Youngsters learn good nutrition while eating healthy lunches of farm-fresh food, school gardens bloom on former asphalt lots, and fourth-graders restore the habitat of an endangered species.

His chapter on Lopez features the school’s five-year-old L.I.F.E. Farm and Garden Program, which encourages students to learn appreciation for nature, nutrition, community, land stewardship and the environment through classroom curriculum, growing food in the garden, and preparing and eating healthy food for lunch. Also featured in the Lopez chapter is Evening Meals at School, which was inspired by the L.I.F.E. Farm and Garden Program, as well as students' involvement in the building of affordable housing for the Lopez Community Land Trust.

Stone writes extensively about the Lopez Locavores in Smart by Nature. “Their goals – “reconnect, revitalize, and sustain” – also reflect Lopez Island School’s aim to use school food as a means to cultivate community as a key component of schooling for sustainability,” Stone writes.

Smart by Nature is based on two decades of work with hundreds of schools by the Center for Ecoliteracy, a public foundation in Berkeley, California. The book explores four areas of schooling for sustainability: food, the campus, community, and teaching & learning, examining each area from the perspective of the Smart by Nature guiding principles. Smart by Nature is available at the Lopez Library and Islehaven Books. To learn more, visit www.ecoliteracy.org.