Localvore Club began as a collaboration between special education teacher Melissa Bryant and me, librarian Gail Brisson, at Russell I. Doig Middle School in Trumansburg, N.Y. Mrs. Bryant noticed that her students were frustrated with the text-heavy work in their English Language Arts (ELA) classes. They were intrigued with "The Omnivore’s Dilemma" by Michael Pollan and "The Big Thirst" by Charles Fishman but were having a hard time connecting with the ideas.
Once the students expressed that they wanted to do more hands-on work, Mrs. Bryant and I put our heads together and developed the Localvore Club. In this club, students created a weekly lunch for staff members using locally sourced ingredients. Lunches were served in the library each Thursday during fall 2015.
A librarian and special ed teacher created a farm-to-table cooking program that students and staff love.