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[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"] 0174_510_310_s_c1_centerMelissa Graham of Purple Asparagus On Creating Healthy Habits for Life, July 25, 2013

“As Healthy Schools Campaign transitions to a new campaign for wellness in Chicago, Change for Good, we’re looking back at the ways we’ve already made great progress — particularly through the three-year Go for the Gold campaign that ended this summer. One major accomplishment: increasing nutrition education opportunities for students. HSC was fortunate to partner on this with the “culinary adventure” educators at Purple Asparagus. Read on for more about this great organization!”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#ffffff"] WBEZTackling Food Deserts With Rap, July 2013

“A local health food activist is teaming up with a nutrition professor to help spread the word on good eating. Fresh Moves’ Julian Champion joins the Chicago Tribune’s Monica Eng to discuss the struggles of bringing healthy food to some neighborhoods in Chicago. How can people who aren’t eating fruits and veggies daily be reached on the benefits of dumping the junk food?”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"] WGNPurple Asparagus PSA, March 2013

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#ffffff"] GFFC-logo-black2-244x300Your Choices Matter: Students’ Food Choices Evaluated With iPad App, February 26, 2013

“Our Conference theme this year is Your Choices Matter and for FamilyFarmed.org, one of the best choices we make is working to bring healthier, less processed foods into schools. We are big fans and supporters of the work Purple Asparagus does in classrooms exposing kids to better food choices. We’re excited to profile evaluators Sarah Rand and her colleague Amy Cassata and their work with Purple Asparagus…”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"] After-School Special: 10 Cool Ways to Teach Kids About Food, January 17, 2013

Organizations around the country are finding fun, innovative ways to teach students about food.

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#ffffff"] Chicken Soup For the Cold: 10 Chef-Approved Recipes, December 29, 2012

Refinery29 asked some of their favorite local gourmets to share their favorite recipes for the most classic of wintertime comfort foods: chicken soup.

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"] Women of the Green Exchange, December 2012
Blindfold Magazine

“Boasting an impressive list of sustainable features that helped it achieve its LEED Platinum certification, the building houses Green Exchange, where female business owners possess stories, experiences, and ultimately, a level of success in their respective fields that is second to none.”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#ffffff"] Heather Terhune Does December Wrap at Falafill to Benefit Purple Asparagus, November 30, 2012

For every wrap purchased during December, $1 will go to Purple Asparagus, a Chicago-founded organization which helps educate kids about healthier eating habits, including in Chicago public schools.

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"] Thanksgiving Leftovers?! Think More Than a Turkey Sandwich, November 19, 2012

“It happens every year after Thanksgiving. People have so much turkey and other leftovers after the meal, they don’t know what to do with it. This year, Purple Asparagus is helping come up with some ideas…”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#ffffff"] Google Hangout with Green Kid Crafts and Melissa Graham, November 12, 2012

“Penny Bauder from Green Kid Crafts and Melissa Graham from Purple Asparagus discuss tips and tricks for getting your kids to eat healthier and cultivate their interest in fruits and vegetables…”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"] Moroccan Spiced Soup, September 16, 2012
Dig In Chicago (video)

“We met up with the Purple Asparagus to learn how to make this great fall soup…”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#ffffff"] Fooditude.tv Blog, September 9, 2012

“What do you get when you combine delectable food, art, a farmer’s market, music, and raising money for a good cause? You guessed it! Corks and Crayons — the annual fundraiser for Purple Asparagus held on August 26th in the beautiful Green Exchange Building.”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"] The Cost of Nutrition: School and community efforts help kids eat well on a budget, September 4, 2012

“At Purple Asparagus, we’re fighting this [obesity] epidemic by educating children, families and the community about eating that is good for the body and the planet,” says Graham. “We believe that [all children] should have the chance to discover new-to-them wholesome foods that will change the way they think about eating and preparing food.”

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Time Out Chicago Kids, August 27, 2012

“If you’re not familiar with Purple Asparagus, it’s not only a vegetable that disappointingly turns green when you cook it, it’s an all-star local organization dedicated to helping families integrate healthy and sustainable eating into their daily lives.”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"] Little Locavores: Purple Asparagus, Purple Monkey and More Than Milk, Green Parent Chicago, August, 2012

“A few months ago, a feature in Daily Candy caught my eye. It highlighted a new non-profit called More than Milk that organized opportunities for new moms to volunteer with their children…”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#ffffff"] Fish Tacos with Strawberry Salsa, July 28, 2012

“Join Melissa Graham with Purple Asparagus as she pairs fish and strawberries into a great summer meal.”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"] An Interview with Melissa Graham, July 2012
Community Connections (video)

“Purple Asparagus is a nonprofit organization that educates children and families and the community about healthy eating. Founding Executive Director, Melissa Graham, is here with more about the program and food that is good for the body and for the planet.”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#ffffff"] Top 15 Crusaders for Health in the Food Industry July 5, 2012

9. Melissa Graham She’s a sustainable cook, locavore blogger, and “head spear” at Purple Asparagus, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to teaching people about healthful eating. Among the non-profit’s core goals: Changing the way our children, and by extension, our families and communities, relate to food and all things associated with it.

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"]Advocate Medical Group, Link to .MP3 audio clip, Healthy Habits Campaign, July, 2012

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#ffffff"] Turning Purple for Kids’ Health
June 28, 2012

“It’s not about saying, ‘This is healthy food and you should eat it,’” Graham says. “There’s definitely a place for that but that’s not who we are. We’re about telling the story of food.”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"] iCarly’s Reed Alexander partners with Purple Asparagus to lead a cooking demonstration for CPS Students, May 04, 2012, Posted in Hipsqueak blog by Matt De La Peña on May 5, 2012

“The jovial Nickelodeon star has kept busy promoting healthy eating habits to kids through his website KewlBites.com—an online destination for nutritious recipes and tips for living a healthy lifestyle. By partnering with local and national health organizations such as Chicago’s Purple Asparagus and The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Alexander is helping to change the food culture for young people. ”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#ffffff"]One Teacher’s Experience

PDF Download – 7.5MB, School Nurse News, Page 28, March 2012

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"]Tenants finally stream into Green Exchange, by Judith Nemes. Crain’s Chicago Business, February 09, 2012
“The long-awaited Green Exchange is finally buzzing as more eco-minded businesses started moving in just after the new year…”
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[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#ffffff"] Inside the Fridge: Melissa Graham, February 1, 2012

“Inside the Fridge welcomes Melissa Graham. Melissa, a former attorney, is the founding Executive Director of Purple Asparagus, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to educating families about all things associated with good eating, eating that’s good for the body and the planet.”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"]Who wants a kumquat? Non-profit exposes kids to seasonal food – Hosea Sanders, ABC 7, January 20, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — “Chef Melissa Graham helps even the pickiest of eaters learn to love veggies and fruits…”[spacer size="5"] [/note] [note color="#ffffff"]The do’s and don’ts of holiday eating with kids | Well Community November 23, 2011

“Get tips for teaching your children healthy habits and fail-proof recipes for the kids table”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"]Apple Extravaganza – Apple Crumble, Baked Apple, Apple Smoothie Recipes, Kenmore Live Studio, November 03, 2011.

“Here at the Kenmore Live Studio Melissa Graham of the Purple Asparagus demonstrates how to prepare a cranberry apple crumble in a jar…”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#ffffff"] Your Guide to Gourds, October 31, 2011

“Visiting farmers markets and getting ready for Thanksgiving, you’ll likely encounter a dizzying variety of squash. Some of the more unusual varieties of gourds can be intimidating because many people simply aren’t sure how to use them.”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"]Interview With Melissa Graham of Purple Asparagus, The Lunch Tray, July 28, 2011. “Among the group’s core principles are propositions like, ‘Eating close to the ground is good’ and ‘Bringing children and families back to the table strengthens the bonds of family, no matter how extended’…”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#ffffff"]What’s for Dinner: Beef and Vegetable Kebabs, A Dinner – Recipe from Little Locavores, Daily Candy, Kids, July 28, 2011.

“…Melissa Graham, founder of nonprofit Purple Asparagus and blog Little Locavores. Our latest inquiry: What’s the beef with antibiotics in meat?

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"]Purple Asparagus Helps Kids, Families, Communities Eat Healthier, USA Characters Approved, July 26, 2011.
“…Purple Asparagus takes a much more direct approach, bringing chefs, fresh produce, and hands-on fun into schools with its Delicious Nutritious Adventures™ program.”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#ffffff"] What’s a Purple Asparagus? April 26, 2011

“Believe it or not, there are varieties of asparagus that are purple in color, but that’s not what I’m talking about today. Purple Asparagus is an amazing local non-profit organization that teaches kids, families and the community about eating that’s good for the body and good for the planet.”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"]Natural Egg Dyeing with Purple Asparagus (Video), 2011, WGN Tv, April 22[/note] [note color="#ffffff”]Kids Eating Healthy (Video), WCIU the U, April 11, 2011.

“Giving kids a lesson in healthy eating, Purple Asparagus offers educational programs that make fruit fun and vegetables very delicious.”[/note] [note color="#efe6f0"]Purple Asparagus Wins Good Eating Award For Teaching Kids About Seasonal Foods, Huffington Post, March 21, 2011. “Six years ago, Melissa Graham was at a crossroads. She had made partner at McDermott Will and Emery, but to get to the next level of partner would require an enormous time commitment at the office. Meanwhile, she’d just had a son.”[/note] [note color="#ffffff"] Healthy Kids with Melissa Graham
Kenmore Live Studios (video)

“Here at the Kenmore Live Studio Melissa Graham of The Purple Asparagus talks about her non-profit organization that teaches families and children about healthy, sustainable eating by focusing on nutritious, delicious, sustainable, and seasonal foods.”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#efe6f0"]Melissa Graham Wins 2011 Good Eating Award, Chicago Tribune, February, 2011. “All of these Good Eating winners have enhanced the food scene in Chicago with their accomplishments. Take a look at their impressive contributions.”[/note] [note color="#ffffff"]How Cool is That?, Rachel Ray’s Yum-O!, January 15, 2011. “Founded in 2005, Chicago-based Purple Asparagus is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing families back to the table by promoting and enjoying all the things associated with good eating.”[/note] [note color="#efe6f0"]At White House’s Behest, Chefs Move to Schools, By Jane Black, Washington Post, October 12, 2010.

“The third-graders at Chicago’s McAuliffe Elementary School were a tough crowd. They liked the story of “Little Pea,” the twisted tale of a good little vegetable who tries valiantly to eat all his candy before having spinach for dessert…” [/note] [note color="#ffffff"]Chicago chefs spice up schools’ new push for healthy eating, Chicago Tribune, October 4, 2010.
“Healthy food education gets a boost from Chicago chefs who are volunteering to work with schools…”[/note] [note color="#efe6f0"]Lunch lessons: Chefs in White House adopt-a-school program have work cut out for them, Chicago Sun-Times, August 24, 2010. “The adopt-a-school program is an arm of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, which hopes to end childhood obesity within a generation.”[/note] [note color="#ffffff"]Of food, family, hostas and confiers, Talking with Mike Nowak of Go green or go home, August, 22, 2010[/note] [note color="#efe6f0"]Chicago Chefs Make Snacks for Kids, Time Out Chicago[spacer size="5"][/note] [note color="#ffffff"]Chicago’s Purple Asparagus Advocates, Educates and Connects, iVillage, May 12, 2011.

“Years before the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, a small Chicago-area nonprofit called Purple Asparagus formed with a twofold goal: to create a community of people who cared about seasonal, sustainable food, and to spread that message to families with children…”[/note] [note color="#efe6f0"] Purple Asparagus Kids Learn Their Organic A, B, Cs, November 11, 2010,
Conscious Living TV (video)

“Watch this episode of Conscious Living TV, as we attend Chicago non-profit, Purple Asparagus’ 5th annual fundraiser at Uncommon Ground restaurant. We chat with Melissa Graham, founder of Purple Asparagus–on the first certified organic rooftop farm in the U.S., peruse a farmer’s market run by kids, and enjoy plenty of yummy organic food.”

[spacer size="1"] [/note] [note color="#ffffff"]Growing Healthy Kids: Eat Your Homework, Edible Chicago, Spring 2010. “Edible Chicago explores the local and sustainable food movement while also celebrating the role that food plays in our lives.”[/note] [note color="#efe6f0"]Teaching Kids About Organic Food, Conscious Living TV, February 27, 2010 – Video Content[/note] [note color="#ffffff"]5 Reasons for Optimism on the School Food Front, Lettuce Eat Kale, May 06, 2011. “For now, a little roundup, a cheat sheet of sorts, to bring you up to date on recent developments. And don’t worry, even though it’s testing week in my town, there won’t be a quiz after you read this list.”[/note] [note color="#efe6f0"]Eat Green, Cheap!, La Vita Cucinare, February 03, 2010.

“Pinching your pennies, but still looking for earth-friendly produce? Here’s how to eat responsibly on a budget.”[spacer size="5"][/note] [note color="#ffffff"]5 Tips on Keeping Produce Fresh!, Medill Reports, April 29, 2010. “If you spend that extra time to put it away properly, you will be able to keep the produce fresher longer, protecting your investment.”[spacer size="5"][/note] [note color="#efe6f0"]Weekend Guide, Tasting Table, April 27, 2010.

“Catch a free screening of What’s On Your Plate, a new documentary about kids and food politics … Both screenings–hosted by food photographer Grant Kessler and local non-profit Purple Asparagus–will be followed by group discussions about kids, politics and local food.”[/note] [note color="#ffffff"]Let’s (Re)Do Lunch, Mindful Metropolis, April 2010 – Growing Healthy Kids Takes Aim at the Health Crisis facing Chicago’s Kids, by Caitlin Murray Giles. [spacer size="5"][/note] [note color="#efe6f0"]Take Your Kids to the Farmers’ Markets .MP3 Audio File, Green Thoughts Podcast on WTMX, April 23, 2010[/note]