We need YOU…. 2016 Spring Program is Coming Soon!
It’s February and that means everyone at Growing Chefs! is all hands on deck as we near the beginning of our spring program and work to recruit our much needed volunteers. We are so excited to reach even more kids in more schools this year and we could not do this without all our wonderful volunteers that signup to help deliver our Classroom Gardening and Cooking Program.
Our classroom volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and include not only chefs but growers, gardeners, educators, and anyone with a passion for food. This could include supporting the health of children, growing your own food, cooking nutritious meals, or understanding the need of healthy, sustainable food systems.
This year, with the help of Georgia Street Media, we produced a video featuring chef volunteers who have helped us deliver our program in the classroom. Watch our video to hear why so many fantastic people are getting involved with Growing Chefs! A big thank you to Burdock & Co., The Fish Counter, The Pear Tree, Campagnolo and Campagnolo Roma, Homer St. Cafe, and Harvest Community Foods for joining us both in the classroom and in the making of this video.
How our program works:
- You will attend a Volunteer Orientation Session, where you learn basic classroom management skills and review the Growing Chefs! curriculum.
- Volunteer chefs and community members are put into teams of three. You and your team are paired with an elementary school classroom.
- You visit your class every two weeks over the course of three and a half months, for a total of seven visits.
- As you mentor the students and help them to grow their own indoor vegetable gardens, you lead the class through a series of lessons.
- The lessons are clearly laid out and outlined in the Growing Chefs! Classroom Guide that you receive at your Orientation Session.
My favourite classroom moment had to be on Salad Day—Lesson 5. After demonstrating how to make salad dressing we let the kids make their own salad with carrots, beets, a variety of greens, and sunflower seeds. A silence fell over the class as each child dug their forks hungrily into their self-constructed towers of salad. After a few quiet moments one boy shouted, “I love salad. Salad is the best lunch ever!!” It was awesome. – Tara Hanacek, Growing Chefs! volunteer
The first Growing Chefs! classes of 2016 will be the week of March 29th or April 4th. From then on, volunteers will visit their classroom every second week until the end of June. Volunteering time totals just 4 hours a month! Volunteer orientations take place between February 27th and March 5th so please signup as soon as possible.
Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!