Thursday, January 27, 2011

Why Chef in the Classroom is as Important as Changing Lunch
If you have a chance to watch this video, please keep in mind that a lot of kids in this class were very reluctant to cook from scratch using fresh vegetables when we met them.  Our food was "nasty."  That changed as we got to know them and they learned that fresh food almost always tastes better.  We can make a difference in the lives of older students by helping them to learn to cook, expose them to new kinds of foods, understand where food comes from, and to think critically about their diets.  The two students in the above photo volunteered to cook breakfast for 400 people with us at the Dane County Farmer's Market.  They met a lot of farmers and cooked a lot of good food.  They inspired me to renew my interest in using classrooms for Farm to School work.  It's not going to work if we just change the lunch! 

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