We want to be an inspiration for educators, foodservice professionals, and parents in creating healthy relationships between children, food and wellness. We are here to provide resources and ideas in order to encourage a holistic approach to building this powerful relationship.
We teach through participation, demonstration, and food — it’s cycle, and its effects on our bodies. With an understanding of how food is grown, nurtured, harvested, cooked and served, students develop a comprehensive understanding of its importance and how best to make decisions concerning their bodies and their communities.
We believe it is not enough to tell children to eat healthy food. It is important they take ownership of their decisions around food. Using hands-on learning environments and providing healthy meals both in, and outside of the school, children are empowered to make healthy decisions.
When a child learns how food grows, knows how to prepare it, understands the importance of eating whole foods, and appreciates the community created by sitting down at the table, he/she is on a journey towards a lifetime of health.
Our aim is to get children to:
- Learn how food grows
- Learn how to cook
- Eat whole foods
- Know the power of the table
- The Dining Room — Whether at school or at home, this is where children nourish their bodies.
- The Teaching Kitchen — An environment for hands-on learning; where whole foods are turned into healthy meals.
- The Garden — A space where children begin to understand where their food comes from.
By using these interactive environments and linking them with core curriculum or direct lessons of health, students get excited about learning, engage their senses, retain information longer and are empowered with the knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the food cycle. Once this healthy relationship is established, we are setting the foundation for a life-time of good choices around food. And as we know, good food choices increase the chances for healthier lives.