Farm to Fork Dinner Raises Funds to Support Ashley Ridge High School’s Agriculture and Culinary Programs
May 8, 2018 § Leave a comment
Culinary and Agricultural Students Grow and Raise Their Own Food to Learn Career Skills
Not every child has an opportunity or desire to go to college or culinary school. The staff at Summerville’s Ashley Ridge High School has acknowledged this in a way that goes well beyond intent and straight to a “classroom” farm and culinary training table.
The students’ education is part of Fox Ridge Farm, an educational farm on the school’s campus. The farm oversees and maintains livestock, vegetable and greenhouse production, forestry, wildlife management, and turf grass management. Fox Ridge Farm is comprised of ten acres and is the first GAP (Good Agricultural Practices ) certified farm operated by a school. School staff work with the students who are given hands-on instruction while participating in daily farm operations and responsibilities. Back in the kitchen Rachel Blank oversees the culinary program with her students.
The school held its second annual Farm to Fork Dinner on May 3, featuring fresh produce and hog they raised. The pig was was cooked and smoked by Sweatman’s BBQ, but all of the remaining food collection, cooking and service was performed by enthusiastic students of the culinary program.
Two members of Charleston Hospitality Group’s marketing team, Timmi-Jo Pashuta and Holly Herrick, were graciously invited to attend. The family-style dinner kicked off with a simple and exquisitely fresh salad of greens picked late that very same day from the school gardens by the students. Lightly and expertly tossed in a fresh herb vinaigrette, it was followed by platters of pulled pork, rife with pure pig flavor, delicately enhanced with smoke and pungent mustard and vinegar-based sauces. Layered potato gratin, four cheese macaroni and cheese and fruit and fresh fruit parfaits finished the fabulous feast.
All proceeds from the Farm to Fork Dinner go back to the Agriculture and Culinary Programs at Ashley Ridge High School. Ashley Ridge High School is located at 9800 Delemar Highway, Summerville, SC 29485.