A Well-Lit Path: A Blog from Westtown School

Beth Pellegrino

Beth Pellegrino is the Director of Food Services at Westtown School. Beth holds a bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, and twenty-five years experience in management from restaurants to business dining services, catering to schools. Beth is dedicated to supporting local and natural agriculture and has worked with faculty and staff at Westtown to create a sustainable agrarian microcosm in which students play a big role. ”Westtown School's philosophies of sustainability and care for the Earth have paralleled my interests for creating a food program that is wholesome, local and natural. While teaching others to enjoy the creation of "real food," I am inspired by our students every day”

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Buy Local, Eat Fresh, Give Thanks

Posted by Beth Pellegrino on November 18, 2016

 As the air grows crisp and we turn our minds to Thanksgiving, I am constantly reminded of how fortunate we are to live in a part of the world with rich bounty of local foods and produce.

I also feel lucky to work in an environment where there is a long history of sustainable, local eating. Our Archives tells the story of days when Westtown School had its own apple orchard, dairy cows, and working farm. In recent years, we have re-ignited the excitement around farming on campus. Faculty members work side-by-side with students to grow organic vegetables on the Westtown farm. This farm experience is both educational and exploratory for students and produces over 5000 pounds of vegetables each year. It is rewarding, not to mention fiscally responsible, to use vegetables from our organic farm to feed the school community.  

People often ask me,  ”How can I bring local fare to my family's table and get my kids excited to eat it?” I offer these suggestions:

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Topics: sustainability