Kitimat Elementary School recognized nationally for sustainable rhubarb shortbread recipe – Abbotsford News

Kitimat Elementary School Nationally Recognized for Sustainable Rhubarb Shortbread Recipe

Kildala Elementary School was one of only four schools recognized for their sustainable recipe

Kildala Primary School was one of only four schools in Canada to win Cheese4Change and receive a $5,000 prize.

Cheese4Change was launched this year and is a national program that aims to teach young people about sustainable eating habits and how to integrate them into their daily lives. The program was started by Tre Stelle, which is a cheese company, with the aim of showing children that they can play a part in supporting the planet through the use of sustainable and accessible foods.

Kildala Elementary submitted a rhubarb shortcake recipe using sustainable ingredients sourced from around Kitimat.

“We went out and took the kids out into the community and picked up some local resources and off we went,” said recipe originator Shawny Metz.

Metz, who is a pastry chef, said it was one of the recipes she used quite often and to submit it to this program, she changed the recipe to incorporate sustainable ingredients.

Now the plan with the winnings is to put it in a school garden. Metz says they also want to work with local First Nations to look into traditional foods and sustainable harvesting and learn more about what’s available in the area.

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