Chilliwack secondary teaching chef, Richard Niezen (left), chats with guests during the grand opening of Edible Greens, a salad bar at the school on Monday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Chilliwack secondary teaching chef, Richard Niezen (left), chats with guests during the grand opening of Edible Greens, a salad bar at the school on Monday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Chilliwack secondary goes green with new, modern salad bar

Edible Greens offers healthier food options, shorter cafeteria wait times at Chilliwack high school

It’s just a small food kiosk, but a Chilliwack secondary teacher is hoping it’ll make a big impact.

The freshly opened Edible Greens salad bar was launched Monday inside the school, located directly across the hall from the cafeteria.

The new salad bar offers “options for people to get healthy food that will help them do better in school,” said Richard Niezen, teaching chef at CSS.

It’s a place where students and staff can grab a custom-made salad for $4 and add toppings like peppers, tomatoes, seeds, nuts, and dried fruit. Protein, like chicken, can be added for $1.

The reason behind Edible Greens is two-fold: to shorten wait times for food, and to offer healthier options.

It all started with the addition of Grade 9s at the high school in 2018, and an influx of about 400 students. So, during the 2018-2019 school year, the culinary department did a trial run of the salad bar in a kiosk that was almost always vacant and only being used occasionally for things like popcorn sales.

“The response was outstanding and we carried on providing a daily salad bar for the full 2018-2019 school year,” Niezen said.

He then approached Chilliwack Elks Lodge, and the Kiwanis Clubs of Sardis and Chilliwack for a more permanent solution.

“They all got on board and donated some funds to help us create this,” Niezen said, adding they donated a total of $3,500 for the project.

Edible Greens looks like something you’d find at Granville Island Market. The professionally built kiosk features horizontal wood paneling, corrugated metal and modern signage.

When not in use, the condiment and cutlery stand wheels into the kiosk and is closed behind two bright red sliding doors.

The Chilliwack school district did a lot of the carpentry for Edible Greens, the metal work was done by Ironside Design Manufacturing Inc., signage by Platinum Signs, and the counter top was built by CSS alumnus Glenn Muxlow of Timbers and Tables.

Niezen is hoping the salad bar will also help keep kids at school during the lunch hour instead of heading off campus to find food where some kids return late, or not at all.

Edible Greens is open every lunch hour at CSS.

RELATED: Students in the Fraser East work hard, need more mental health support

RELATED: Feds set table for school-food program, warned to avoid top-down approach


 

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on?
Email: jenna.hauck@theprogress.com
Twitter: @PhotoJennalism

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Chilliwack School District

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Chilliwack secondary teaching chef, Richard Niezen (chef’s hat), chats with guests during the grand opening of Edible Greens, a salad bar at the school on Monday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Chilliwack secondary teaching chef, Richard Niezen (chef’s hat), chats with guests during the grand opening of Edible Greens, a salad bar at the school on Monday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Chilliwack secondary teaching chef, Richard Niezen (left), chats with guests during the grand opening of Edible Greens, a salad bar at the school on Monday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Chilliwack secondary teaching chef, Richard Niezen (left), chats with guests during the grand opening of Edible Greens, a salad bar at the school on Monday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Edible Greens is a new salad bar that opened at Chilliwack secondary on Monday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Edible Greens is a new salad bar that opened at Chilliwack secondary on Monday. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Just Posted

Lorne Seifred (seen here with his dog Char-Lee on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021) and friends Elaine and John Sowik launched Chilliwack Pet Food Bank and More with the hopes of helping pet owners who are struggling to provide their furry family members with food. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Animal owners launch pet food bank in Chilliwack

‘Anywhere we can help, whether it be elderly or someone down on their luck or homeless’

Sam Darkoh in his music video ‘Ruby Fever’ which was shot in Yarrow. (Sterling Gold Production)
VIDEO: Yarrow, Chilliwack backdrop for professionally shot music video of Aldergrove rapper

Lots of hospitality, kind people while filming Ruby Fever, says hip-hop artist Sam Darkoh

Brian VanGarderen is one of four candidates running in the Chilliwack School Board byelection on Feb. 13, 2021. (Submitted photo)
VIDEO: Chilliwack byelection candidate would like to see district-wide connections

Brian Vangarderen hopes Chilliwack school board will focus on policy making and positive connections

Chilliwack is expected to be among the province’s hottest real estate markets in 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)
Chilliwack housing market projected to be among B.C.’s hottest in 2021

B.C. Real Estate Association projects Chilliwack and District to grow by 17.1 per cent

Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon. (Submitted)
Chilliwack-Kent MLA Kelli Paddon funding equity and social change scholarships

One of the scholarships is open to any graduating student in the Chilliwack-Kent electoral district

Dr. Penny Ballem, a former deputy health minister, discusses her role in leading B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccination program, at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 22, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C. holds steady with 407 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday

14 deaths, no new outbreaks in the health care system

A Cessna 170 airplane similar to the one pictured above is reported to be missing off the waters between Victoria and Washington State. Twitter photo/USCG
Canadian, American rescue crews searching for missing aircraft in waters near Victoria

The search is centered around the waters northeast of Port Angeles

Jonathon Muzychka and Dean Reber are wanted on Canada-wide warrants. (Courtesy of Victoria Police Department)
Convicted killer, robber at large after failing to return to facility: Victoria police

Dean Reber, 60, and Jonathon Muzychka, 43, may be together

B.C. Premier John Horgan listens during a postelection news conference in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
30% of B.C. recovery benefit applications held up in manual review

The province says 150 staff have been reassigned to help with manually reviewing applications

Adam Dergazarian, bottom center, pays his respect for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in front of a mural painted by artist Louie Sloe Palsino, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Kobe Bryant’s presence remains strong a year after his death

Tuesday marks the grim anniversary of the crash that took their lives

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Surrey RCMP are investigating after a pedestrian was struck and killed at 183 Street and Highway 10 Friday night. (File photo)
Modelling of predicted transmission growth from the B117 COVID-19 variant in British Columbia. (Simon Fraser University)
COVID-19 variant predicted to cause ‘unmanageable’ case spike in B.C: report

SFU researchers predict a doubling of COVID-19 cases every two weeks if the variant spreads

RCMP officers wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 stand by. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
RCMP appeal for witnesses after hit-and-run leaves girl, 17, in critical condition

The Metro Vancouver teenager was found unconscious and critically injured after being hit: police

Most Read