School Food Programs and Food Literacy in Ottawa
Ottawa School Gardens programs for kids
Cultivating Cook’s 10 week food literacy program involves classroom connections that tie into health and science and highlight the following themes: Seeds & Planting, Roots & Shoots, Fruits and Vegetables, Waste & Compost, Bees & Pollinators, Garden Stewardship and Seed Saving.
Cooking Programs for Kids to support Food Literacy
Living passionately with the attitude of ‘all things food’, Carley had always been inspired by the creativity and challenges the hospitality and food industry presents. Owner and operator of the urban element – a dynamic culinary studio in Ottawa that fosters a passionate team of food professionals who deliver exceptional, unique and one-of-a-kind culinary experiences in an inspiring environment. Upon becoming a mother herself, Carley recognized the need for more good food access in school settings. Carley operates and manages a “garden to cafeteria” program at Saint Paul University which helps bring from scratch seasonal products into a campus setting. Dedicated to the notion of lifelong learning, education has always remained at the forefront of Carley’s professional and personal path. Carley teaches in the Business Management and Entrepreneurship Program at Algonquin College and mentors graduates transitioning into the business world. Carley is a member of The Ottawa School Food Network, a coalition of like-minded individuals founded to motivate change and create impact on various school food initiatives. Carley’s passion for food and education is now realized fully with the launch of Cultivating Cooks.