Kitchen Classrooms

The Anneliese Schools

One of the unique aspects of an education at Anneliese School’s is that all students, pre-school through 6th grade, receive garden instruction. Our garden program engages children’s minds, spirits, and bodily senses through the activities of gardening, cooking, and eating. In the process, they are educated as thoughtful, responsible citizens of planet earth.

Osborn School District

Established in 1879, the Osborn School District (OSD) is a high-achieving, urban public school district serving 3,000 students in downtown Phoenix, a city full of growth and opportunity. OSD has four elementary schools that feed into one middle school. We are enriched by students, parents and staff who are culturally and linguistically diverse, representing 46 countries and 36 languages. Our student population identifies as 65% Latino, 12% African American, 10% White, 7% Native American, 3% Asian and 3% two or more races.

El Colegio de Panama School Gardening and Cooking Program

The El Colegio de Panamá health program is an initiative that includes the creation of a food garden as a classroom, cooking classes and the supervision of the school cafeteria. The school serves 1050 students all of which will be impacted by our health program.

The program development started on 2016 but it is now, at the beginning of Panama’s academic year (March 2017), that we will put all the ideas into action.

Columbia Falls Wildcat Garden

Columbia Falls is a small rural community located in the northern part of the Flathead Valley in Northwestern Montana, near the entrance to Glacier National Park. Our district consists of two elementary schools, one junior high school, and one high school serving approximately 1200 students.  Approximately 50% of our students qualify for Free and Reduced lunch.  I believe the percentage is actually much higher as our community workforce tends to be seasonal. 

Sugar Beet Schoolhouse

In 2012 our community began building a grocery co-op that celebrates local producers and growers called Sugar Beet Food Co-op. In the process, we organized a 501c3 called Sugar Beet Schoolhouse that would continue to serve our diverse community with food literacy programming once the co-op opened.

In January 2017 Sugar Beet Schoolhouse grew to include a shared use commercial kitchen to serve as an incubator for budding food business, a small greenhouse for growing and education and a teaching kitchen for our cooking classes for all ages.

Food Innovation Kids Lab

The Future Food Institute (FFI) created the Kids Labs with the aim of proposing an innovative and disruptive model of food education for the youngest food innovators starting from the age of five.

Ventura Unified School District: Healthy Schools Project

The Ventura Unified School District Healthy Schools Project (HSP) is the education arm of Food and Nutrition Service's Farm to School Program.  The HSP equips students in 13 high need schools to develop a healthy relationship with whole, local fruits and vegetables through hands-on and standards-aliged cooking, nutrition, farm and garden education.  In collaboration with Education Services, the HSP integrates edible education with Common Core and Next Generation Science, so that these programs can be easily integrated into school and after-school programs.

Common Core Cooking and Gardening for the Next Generation

Schools are critical partners in improving students health through nutrition, however, throughout the school day, eating and learning are often viewed as separate activities, in part, because most of students’ interactions with food at school happen during nonacademic times in the day (e.g., recess, lunch, class parties). Separating food education from academics limits a school’s potential for improving children’s health through nutrition.

South Jackson Elementary: Scienhancement - Garden Based Science Lab

Scienhancement, Garden Based Science Lab, is a K-5 public school class that every students visits once a week.  The mission of Scienhancement is to give students garden based, experiential, hands on learning experiences from seed to mouth, while also encorporating the Georgia Science Standards.  Students are a part of our school garden every step of the way, including harvesting and eating the rewards.  Currently we have 24 raised beds, a greenhouse, and a 2800 sp. ft. field in which we hope to have in full production in the very near future.

Skyline High School

Skyline High School was created in 1970 and was one of the first magnet and career development programs.  The students are about 98% latino and are considered at risk because they have a low socioeconomic status.  My students eat mainly processed foods so it's my efforts to expose them to whole foods.  I've been a culinary arts instructor for Skyline only a year and see the gaps where our program can grow into something pretty amazing.

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