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Winter is a good time to stay indoors and focus more on learning food preparation skills. Also to eat yummy hot foods to fill our stomachs and warm us up! This week we launched a new cooking program with the Eco Club at Winchester P.S. We are lucky that the school has a kitchen in the art room that isn't used in the afternoon, and that both teachers and administrators were happy to let us use the space. Even Ms. Charmyne, who makes the students delicious meals at the school for lunch and who uses the garden produce and herbs in her cooking when it is available, lent us ...
I went on a school food garden bus tour yesterday with FoodShare and Toronto Public Health, and friends. it was very cool to see the various gardens and have a chance to chat on the bus with friends i don't see enough of. i thought a lot about how green thumbs works deeply in our school communities and how teachers could use gardens in schools without a community partner but how much harder it is. However, we have to do a balancing act because if we are too available and do too much of the work they don't feel the ownership that we want them to feel.
The tomatoes are so delicious this year and i'm so glad the children grew their own from seed instead of buying seedlings with late-blight.
This is not what one starts out to do, when one starts a children's gardening program. I thought I would get away from computers. HA! Ten years later, though, it is easier than ever to write for an audience, even if that audience is small to start.