Ed Bruske

A reporter for the Washington Post in a previous life, I now tend my "urban farm" about a mile from the White House in the District of Columbia and teach kids something I call "food appreciation." I believe in self-reliance, growing food close to home and political freedom for the residents of the District of Columbia. I am currently working to introduce local produce into the D.C. school system. I write a daily food blog called The Slow Cook.

Lunching the numbers

Lessons from Ann Cooper’s school-food revolution in Boulder

In this conclusion to my Cafeteria Confidential: Boulder series, I examine what Boulder can teach other U.S. schools: The government won't fix school lunch, but a fed-up community, led by a pro like Ann Cooper, can effect real change.

Getting fresh in schools

USDA removes major barrier to Michelle Obama's salad-bar initiative

In response to an inquiry from Grist, the USDA has clarified that it will not oppose plans by a new public-private partnership, Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools, to install 6,000 salad bars in U.S. school cafeterias -- as long as they have a kid-sized sneeze guard.

Schooled ya

Congress passes the school lunch bill, but there's less to it than meets the eye

The House finally joined the Senate in passing child nutrition legislation. Sustainable-food advocates are cheering, but the new law won't transform the dismal nature of school lunches.

Lunch boxing

Boulder rallies around improving its schools' food

Whether it's volunteering in the schools or writing checks to pay for kitchen equipment and training, Boulder residents have stepped up to make their school food revolution happen.

Head starters

Serving breakfast in Boulder's classrooms

Increasingly, schools see breakfast in the classroom as a way of making sure that students are focusing on their studies, instead of on the rumbling in their empty stomachs. Here's how Boulder handles it.

It's in the greens

Boulder’s cafeterias embrace the salad-bar challenge

With the White House's announcement that there would be funding for 6,000 new salad bars around the country, the Boulder school district, which has one in all 48 schools, should be a role model.

Pay now or pay later

D.C. mayor axes healthier school food

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, attempting to close a $188 million gap in the city's budget, has halted payment of some $4.6 million that was to pay an extra dime or nickel for healthier meals in D.C. public schools.

What would Walmart do?

Dragging Boulder school food into the computer age

U.S. school food operations are at the end of the line when it comes to adopting modern technology. And that helps account for why they have trouble making ends meet under the federally-funded school meals program.

Still defrosting

Boulder school food isn't quite cooked from scratch — yet

Boulder offers a rare glimpse into the carefully choreographed steps that must be taken to accomplish radical change in a large school district's food service. It's a work in progress.

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