Testimonials from teachers and students

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

 

“Many of my students made recipes at home that they couldn’t wait to tell me about – their favourites were: green goddess dip, granola and apple parfait and garden taco salad.Parents expressed their excitement about the program regularly. I had one student who was eager to learn and discuss his new knowledge with his parents. His parents were impressed that he was actually trying new things!

I feel lucky to have been able to be apart of this learning journey with my students last year. They always looked forward to the workshops and couldn’t wait to see what they would be doing. The hands-on stations engaged even my most “difficult” students and always allowed all students to get involved. These workshops are so versatile as they allow cross-curricular connections from language, science, math etc. and promote group work to achieve a common goal. It was a wonderful learning experience for all! “

–       Lesley Jhan, Teacher, Woodroffe Public School

 

“I quite enjoyed the experience my students received, such as cutting, cleaning, collaboration etc. One student even said that he doesn’t like peppers, but mixing it with other ingredients made it taste good. The students learned how to read instructions as well as measuring the infredients. Students also learned how to manipulate a recipe to suite their taste. Few students found that really helpful and interesting. 

I found that all the students were very engaged and worked hard to cook. 

Second last day before school, we harvested our lettuce, turnip, and radishes to make a salad, and every child ate it and asked for seconds until all the salad was gone.”        

– Renuka Durling, Teacher, Regina Street Public School

 

“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 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.”

–      MacArthur Millen, Teacher, Woodroffe Public 

 

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.”

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