Farm-to-School Lunch Program

Students planting leeks in teaching garden last spring

This Fall Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School is embarking on a Farm-to-School Lunch program featuring locally sourced organic and/or Biodynamic® vegetables, meat, and fruit.


Our lunch and snack program will feature a sliding scale model which represents our student body and the school’s desire to share Waldorf education with our local and diverse community.


Our Chef

Nicole LoBueWe are pleased to welcome our new Farm-to-Table lunch program chef, Nicole LoBue. 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. She is looking forward to the possibilities of involving families and students and hopes to support the goals of rooting relationship between people and this inspiring region’s gifts.

Chef Nicole LoBue’s Full Bio


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.

December’s Lunch Menu + Snack Menu


How to Sign-up for Lunch and/or Snack:

Enrolled families, faculty and staff can sign up for September utilizing the appropriate link below:

Early Childhood – Playgroup

First Grade

Second Through Twelfth Grades

Faculty and Staff


If you would like to sign up for a longer time period contact the lunch coordinator, Karine Bouis-Towe.


About the cost:

Families can choose lunch from $3-7 and snack from $2-3, all meals are created equally we are just utilizing a sliding scale to meet the needs of our school community.

Please contact the lunch coordinator Karine Bouis-Towe if you need further assistance with the price or payment.

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.