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Bring Food Literacy to your School 

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We will be happy to meet in person at your school, or arrange a conversation over the phone or email. A quick questionnaire will help us put together a unique set of workshops that are tailored to your classrooms specific financial and educational goals.

Workshops can be booked individually or as a series to allow the students to get a greater understanding of the whole food system and get significant hands on cooking and gardening experience. Our workshops run from 60-90 minutes depending on time available and the type of workshop being run.

Each workshop can accommodate up to 25 students and can be tailored to meet the needs of all students from kindergarten all the way to high school and beyond! Each workshop features different subjects surrounding healthy food systems. Teachers and parent volunteers participate with their students in discussion, hands on activities and classroom extensions to help keep engagement strong between workshops and at home.

Our workshops are fully catered to your setting and include the necessary equipment, recipes, ingredients and of course trained professional chefs, gardeners, nutritionists and beekeepers ready to share their knowledge and experience.

Cultivating Cooks School Food Literacy Initiative
Cultivating Cooks School Food Literacy Initiative

Bring Food Literacy to your Camp/Community Centre

These presentations are designed to help parents navigate the lunchbox. Focus will be made on healthy eating, time and money saving strategies as well and learning how to get the most from your groceries. Easy recipes and lunch ideas will be shared with help from chefs and nutritionists and plan for lunches that your kids will enjoy without all the hassle.

Plan a Parent Workshop 

We offer two formats for parent workshops – Healthy Lunches which are great for parent councils, and Parent & Child workshops, which encourage cooking together at home.

Healthy Lunch Workshops

These presentations are designed to help parents navigate the lunchbox. Focus will be made on healthy eating, time and money saving strategies as well and learning how to get the most from your groceries. Easy recipes and lunch ideas will be shared with help from chefs and nutritionists and plan for lunches that your kids will enjoy without all the hassle.

Parent & Child Workshops

These workshops can be tailored from most of our workshop themes and are designed to get parents actively involved- cooking with their kids! Parents and caregivers will be paired up with their children to prepare a healthy recipe as a team! This workshop structure is geared to get kids helping out in the kitchens at home while honing in on some basic cooking skills and spending some quality time learning together.

Cultivating Cooks Food Literacy Program
Cultivating Cooks Food Literacy Program

Host a School Wide Event

Pass it on is about friends teaching friends how to cook good food from scratch.  Food and cooking knowledge is best taught through hands on learning- person to person. Sharing a recipe or cooking skill is a valuable lesson in leadership, community and teamwork. Sharing, or “passing on” our skills and knowledge for others to use is a fun and important way to keep healthy cooking skills alive and thriving. This workshop is a larger-scale version of the “Pass It On” theme in class. This workshop is priced differently and can accommodate up to 8 participating classes and runs throughout the school day. This workshop requires additional planning as well as the use of a large common space – usually the gym. This is a great way to get the whole school familiar and engaged in hands on food literacy.

Grants & Funding Support

Schools that are interested in fundraising activities to help offset or subsidize the cost of the Cultivating Cooks program can speak with Cultivating Cooks for resources on grants and fun ways of fundraising.

Cultivating Cooks School Programs for kids
Cultivating Cooks School Programs for kids

School Garden Program Connections

Cultivating Cook’s food literacy program and workshops involve 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.

For our seeds and planting workshop, students will learn how to start a home garden and the process of growing food in an urban setting from seed to fruit or vegetable. Students will get hands on experience learning how to effectively plant seeds for indoor gardening throughout the year. Students will learn guidelines to care and nurture their indoor gardens to yield full grown plants and lettuces. Students will learn the connections between urban agriculture and the beneficial outcomes of growing food in an urban setting.

For schools that have existing gardens, our Harvest workshop allows students to learn about what a fall harvest time can provide for our tables and why this is a time of the year to celebrate Ontario and the amazing products we can grow here. Students will learn about the abundant variety of foods that are available at this time of year and what we can do to make these ingredients last us well into the winter months. Students will learn the value of processing the vegetables they grow in their gardens by preparing a delicious and simple salsa recipe as a team and enjoying it together as a group. Students will also get an introduction to seed saving and a better understanding of why this is important to preserve our heritage plant species. Students will gain hands on experience in seed saving from their gardens.

Indoor Growing Systems and School Garden Connections

The cultivating cooks classroom program is ideal for pairing with Ottawa’s innovative indoor growing systems and growing towers initiatives. Hydroponic growing towers are a great way to showcase the future of sustainable food systems and get students engaged and excited about growing and preparing healthy food. Our classroom cooking and gardening program is designed to pair spaces, outfitted with growing towers, windowsill gardens and outdoor school gardens by utilizing vegetables and presenting a variety of ways for schools and students to utilize these vegetables through cooking workshops.

Cultivating Cooks School Programs for kids.
Cultivating Cooks School Programs for kids.

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