Food Security

SAGE.Rachel'sTableLast week SAGE dining services director Ed Comer donated leftover food from the WA dining hall to Rachel’s Table a volunteer-based organization that picks up unsold and unserved food from institutions ranging from schools to restaurants for delivery to 35 different soup kitchens, shelters, and neighborhood pantries in Worcester area.

Nearly 100,000 people living in Worcester County experience food insecurity throughout the year. The United Nations World Food Summit (1996) defined food security as existing ““when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. Here in Worcester Continue reading

Worcester Urban Orchards

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStaff from the Worcester Tree Initiative (WTI) were on campus today planting four species of  fruit trees (Satsuma and Burbank Plum, Luscious and and D’Anjou Pear) as part of their city wide effort to to cultivate urban orchards. Diverse, edible, and resilient urban greenscapes that promote public health and ecological integrity are a shared priority for Worcester Academy and the WTI. Pictured on the left: Executive Director, Peggy Middaugh, Program Coordinator, Ruth Seward, and Assistant Program Coordinator, Derek Lirange. The Pears and Plums add to the existing edible campus permaculture of apples, peaches, blueberries, black raspberries, mulberries, grapes, and serviceberries. Continue reading

WA 6th Grade Annual Tree Project

IMG_4853Last week 6th grade science students worked with urban foresters from Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation on the planting of thirteen trees on Central Campus. The 6th grade class’s annual spring planting tradition is part of WA’s broader participation in the the city’s efforts to plant 30,000 trees by 2014. Species selected were non-Asian Longhorned Beetle hosts, indige-nous, adding to stand diversity, enhancing biodiversity, and/or edibles producing.
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Remembrances of Worcester

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FRIDAY LUNCH SPEAKER SERIES

WA is increasingly turning its strategic vision towards urban leadership. What can we learn  from personal stories and the ways in which things once shined in Worcester ? Ms. Shusas, Ms. Cotton, and Dr. Butler  will form a panel  to reflect on growing up in the city. Q&A to follow.

EVENT INFORMATION: Friday, April 4th  US Lunch Period   Kingsley 39   Pepe’s pizza provided  RSVP: mike.carroll@worcesteracademy.org