School Food Programs and Food Literacy in Ottawa
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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.
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What Teachers are Saying about Cultivating Cooks:
“The Cultivating Cooks program has all the ingredients to create a successful learning experience for my students – it has the right blend of hands-on, practical activities about growing and nutrition alongside well-researched learning activities designed to help kids become conscious food consumers.
The students have learned so much from their interactions with the chefs, the dietician and the master gardener who have shared their expertise. The learning blends curriculum from science and healthy living with critical thinking and creativity to make good food choices.
I have immensely enjoyed this collaboration and would recommend this program to to any class. Cultivating Cooks activities have been springboards to many different conversations and connections in many different classes. Most of all, the students look forward to seeing our Cultivating Cooks friends every two weeks.”
– Mr. MacArthur Millen, Grade 5 Teacher, Woodroffe Public School
What Students are Saying about Cultivating Cooks:
“This year’s Cultivating Cooks has been amazing. I’ve learned how to cook and crop things properly and also have tried so many local foods I didn’t know existed. Cultivating Cooks is helping me eat healthier foods.”
“In the Cultivating Cooks program we learned many ways to perfect our gardens. We constructed new beds for the school garden, a new compost system and learned how to properly compost. We learned how to make a healthy salad and eat whole foods”
“The Cultivating Cooks Program – I could go on forever about how fun it is. The first thing we did was plant a ton of plants, and it was awesome. I loved it and I got to water them every day. We got to redo our garden and now we are learning how to properly compost. This was my favourite year because of Cultivating Cooks. They helped us understand the eco-system better.”
We believe in the power of hands-on experiences to motivate and inspire the youth we work with to help them feel empowered about their own health as it relates to healthy food choices, the food world around us and, and learning the practice of sustainable living in our environment.
Cultivating Cooks Founding Team
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.