Grow, Cook, Eat is an afterschool program One Cool Earth started this year with the Atascadero Unified School District. In this 3 week program, students will learn how to grow fresh, delicious produce, then harvest and prepare it in healthy recipes right in the school garden. Lessons are hands-on and include planting and tending how-to, basic knife skills (safety knives will be used), measuring recipe invention and experimentation, and of course, eating!
This month, One Cool Earth is at Creston Road Elementary School. Doug, our Garden Educator Manager (GEM), is leading Grow, Cook, Eat and discusses what hands-on activities students are participating in. He says, "The mini greenhouse activity was very popular. Students drew pictures of what they were growing on the cups. I am going to demonstrate how to prep some fruits and vegetables to make them into handy snacks, and then let the kids taste them". He adds, "I also had success using the older students to assist the younger students. They frequently get better cooperation".
Grow, Cook, Eat will also be held for students at Santa Rosa Academic Academy, Monterey Road Elementary, Santa Margarita Elementary, San Gabriel Elementry, and San Benito Elementary.