Farm-to-School Lunch Program

Students planting leeks in teaching garden last spring

In the Fall of 2018, Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School embarked on a Farm-to-School Lunch program featuring locally sourced organic and/or Biodynamic® vegetables, meat, and fruit.


Our Chef

Nicole LoBueNicole LoBue is our Farm-to-Table lunch program chef, she has been with the program since the beginning. She is a chef, herbalist, and educator whose work has linked food as medicine, wellness, service and education in various collaborations, organizations, and in her own private practice. Nicole is excited to bring her practice to the Hawthorne Valley community and to have an opportunity to support the school’s priority of wholeness, health and social well-being in tandem with academic goals. This year Nicole will be offering more after school cooking opportunities and camps during school breaks.

Chef Nicole LoBue’s Full Bio (PDF)


The Vision

Our vision is to make healthy, tasty, and nutritious food available to EVERY student at HVS.  

Chef Nicole states, “Our aim is to make all of your children’s lunches delicious, nutritious and simple with highly customizable building blocks. Additionally, our goal is to prepare nutrient dense, nourishing and sustaining whole foods each week. We understand that each child has unique sensitivities, proclivities and tastes so our aim is to nourish bodies as well as please the senses.”

Hawthorne Valley Farm radishes

Farms we are sourcing fresh food from


About our Menu

Like the Waldorf curriculum, our menu represents cultures across the world to create healthy, nutritious and delicious food each day.

Sample Lunch Menu (PDF)

Sign Up for Lunch and/or Snack

If you are new to the school or the lunch/snack program please fill out your student’s information here, Karine will be in touch with an invoice after your form has been submitted.

Our Lunch and Snack prices are as follows

Snack is $3 per meal 

Lunch is $6 per meal (from Early Childhood – 3rd grade) and $7 (from 4th- 12th)

 **We do offer a sliding scale if these prices do not work for your budget, please contact the lunch and snack coordinator, Karine Bouis-Towe for assistance.

Direct signup questions to the lunch coordinator:  Karine Bouis-Towe

Contact Nicole for questions on the menu: Nicole LoBue

Special Thanks

Thank you to the numerous parents and supporters who have encouraged this initiative with countless hours of planning and fundraising. A special thank you to Gary Ocean, Director of Campus Services, for coordinating a major kitchen renovation that continued to evolve and expand throughout the summer months with only a small window in between camps, adult education and workshops to implement a fully renovated commercial kitchen. We are grateful for your tireless efforts to maintain and improve our school.