nom nom nom FIRST Dinner Event at the Addison County Teen Center!!

​Hi NOMers,

We are so excited to announce our first dinner and mentoring event with the Addison County Teen Center this Friday, October 12th from 4-5pm! If you are staying on campus for fall break, this is an excellent way to get involved with NOM, cook sweet potato fries with local teens and teach them basic cooking skills and healthy eating habits.

If you would like to join us for this exciting new partnership, sign up using this Google form by Thursday at 6pm. We will be in touch about transportation details later in the week.

As always, if you’d like to learn more about NOM or have any questions, feel free to email us at nom@middlebury.edu. We can’t wait to volunteer with you!

Come to the NOM Kick-Off Volunteer Dinner and Info Session!

Want to learn more about what NOM does?

Want to volunteer with NOM but are not sure where to start?

Been to a taste test, but want to learn about other volunteer opportunities?

Craving a delicious, healthy meal?

Then come to our Kick-Off Volunteer Dinner and Info Session this Sunday, October 7th from 5:30-6:30 in the Center for Community Engagement! In addition to sharing a meal with your fellow NOM board members and volunteers, you will have an opportunity to learn more about what exactly NOM is all about, what volunteer opportunities are currently available and how to get involved. This dinner is open to all students — no previous volunteer experience with NOM required!

If you plan to attend the dinner, please RSVP using this Google form by Friday, October 5th and let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

The NOM Board

nom nom nom TASTE TEST this Friday 9/28 at the Cornwall School!

Calling all NOMers!

Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring is looking for volunteers for our first Cornwall taste test of the year with local, in-season produce this Friday, September 28th at the Cornwall School. This month we will be serving SWISS CHARD!

At Cornwall, there will be two shifts: one prep shift from 11am-12pm and one serving shift from 12-12:30pm. Please fill out this Google form by Thursday at 6pm if you would like to volunteer for either or both of these shifts! Before the taste test, feel free to also browse through the Vermont Harvest of the Month Curriculum to learn a little bit more about swiss chard. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us as nom@middlebury.edu. We can’t wait to volunteer with you!

NOM is seeking new board members!

Have a vision for what food education could look like in the community?

Passionate about food justice?

NOM is currently seeking enthusiastic and committed Midd students to join our board beginning in Winter 2019! Please fill out this Google Form to apply for a board position, or head over to our Leadership page for more information. As a newer club, there’s a lot of room for new leadership, ideas, collaboration and input. We can’t wait to work with you!

NOM at the Spring 2017 Student Activities Fair

On Friday, students gathered in McCullough for the Spring 2017 Student Activities Fair. Pictured are NOM board member Chelsea Colby ‘17.5 and Caroline Wolfe ’19.

Prospective volunteers tasted kale chips! We shared with the interested students about our October taste test at Mary Hogan and how much the students loved the kale chips. Even many of the college students had never tried kale or never tried it in this form!

Role of Education in Service

Stop being so empathetic seems counterintuitive. Yet, empathy can become an overwhelming emotion that allows for laser focus on an individual rather than the entire issue. Therefore, it is suggested that instead of just empathy “consider the cold hard facts along with compassion or what Buddhists call, ‘loving kindness.’  These emotions are less intensely focused, so they can be more widely and thoughtfully applied.”

To combat the empathy block one professor required students “to visit and learn about the mentees’ schools, homes, and neighborhoods and to dig up statistics about the scope of a broader societal issue affecting the child”.

As we work with community partners through we strive, and will continue to work towards improvements, to educate volunteers to better understand the issues of hunger and food insecurity in Addison County so we can more holistically engage in food education.

Have suggested readings, podcasts, videos or something you think we really need to know about food in Addison County? Send it to nom@middlebury.edu.

http://chronicle.umbmentoring.org/want-help-children-stop-empathic/?ct=t(January_4_20171_4_2017)&mc_cid=8f2c2c926b&mc_eid=08ae79464c

JANUARY HARVEST – PARSNIPS

In January the Vermont Harvest of the Month was parsnips!

“Parsnips are a member of the carrot family, which comes as no surprise when you look at the resemblance in size and shape. Our northern climate in Vermont is great for producing parsnips! Here, they can grow to the size of large carrots and are enjoyed for their nutty, slightly sweet and spicy flavor.” To learn more about parsnips check out the Vermont Harvest of the Month website: http://www.vermontharvestofthemonth.org/january–parsnips.html

What parsnip recipes did you try this month?

December Taste Test at Mary Hogan

During the month of December, Mary Hogan Elementary School continued hosting its monthly taste tests, this time featuring Vermont’s Harvest of the Month, winter squash. Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring would like to thank Katelyn Jaring, Mary Hogan’s head cook with the Abbey Group, along with the rest of the food service team for their hard work in preparing enough maple butternut squash to serve around 200 samples. During each lunch period NOM volunteers distributed winter squash samples and students recorded their reactions on taste test ballots. The ballots invited students to rate the sweet potatoes: “Like!”, “Sort of…” or “Don’t like”. Overall, 36% of the students responded that they liked the winter squash samples, 32% sort of liked the samples, and 32% did not like the winter squash samples. One student declared they would “definitely try it again”. Other students “really like” the samples, and “love” the samples. Did you know? Winter squash has a water content of 81% and summer squash has a water content of 98%. Visit http://www.vermontharvestofthemonth.org/december–winter-squash.html for more fun facts!

November Taste Test at Mary Hogan

During the month of November, Mary Hogan Elementary School continued hosting its monthly taste tests, this time featuring Vermont’s Harvest of the Month, sweet potatoes. The morning of the taste test Katelyn Jaring, Mary Hogan’s head cook with the Abbey Group, along with the rest of the food service team, and a NOM volunteer prepared enough curried sweet potatoes to serve around 300 samples. During each lunch period NOM volunteers distributed sweet potato samples and students recorded their reactions on taste test ballots. The ballots invited students to rate the sweet potatoes: “Like!”, “Sort of…” or “Don’t like”. This time around there were more mixed reactions to the harvest sample. Some students were confused by the idea of potatoes being served cold and for some the curry seasoning was a new experience. On the whole most students were happy to try a new vegetable or, if they were familiar with sweet potatoes then a new recipe. Overall, 48% of the students responded that they liked the sweet potato samples, 23% sort of liked the samples, and 29% did not like the sweet potato samples. Students comments ranged from an observation that the samples were “spicy and sweet”, to “these are amazing” and “I really like them”! If you are interested in trying more sweet potato recipes check out the Harvest of the Month website for ideas: http://www.vermontharvestofthemonth.org/november–sweet-potatoes.html.

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