Friday, March 15, 2013

Kid's Program Launching Soon!

Hello, everyone! We hope you're enjoying this wonderful spring weather--the Pryor class is hopeful that soon it will be here to stay so that we can start growing delicious food for the Grow Paseo project!

The Program Development Committee has been busy developing a cooking class program from children as part of our Grow Paseo project. We are designing a curriculum for a seasonal, four-week cooking class that will teach kids how to make a healthy meal including appetizers, a main course, and dessert using produce from a garden plot located at Hope Faith Ministries that the kids will help tend to. Recipes for the classes will be tailored to the season in which the session is held: Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter.

Our committee has just finished putting together the recipes for the classes, and is now in the process of seeking out resources (cooking utensils, food items, etc.) to help make it all a reality! We plan on running a pilot session in April so that we can assess our program and make any necessary adjustments to it before it officially takes off.

Additionally, we have developed a kitchen safety handout for participants so that we can not only teach kids how to make delicious and healthy food, but how to do so safely. We are also writing a risk management plan to ensure that our classes run smoothly and that there is a process in place for any unexpected events that may occur. The safety of our participants and instructors is of the utmost importance!

Things are falling into place nicely with program development, and our committee is hopeful that when April comes along (which is only in a few weeks!) we will be ready to implement a fun, instructional program that will enhance the Grow Paseo project and get the community excited about their new community garden! More details on classes coming shortly. Stay tuned!

-The Program Development Committee

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