Our garden to table program is focused on hands on learning for children in our care ages 6 months and beyond. This is an opportunity for children to learn about the life cycle of food, healthy eating habits and the practice of basic meal preparation. The children in our older classrooms will be active participants in making snacks for the school and engaging in special cooking activities.
Our 18×24 Greenhouse will be open year round and will allow children to have access to warm soil every day.
We serve breakfast, lunch and two snacks to those children enrolled in our food program. Food is prepared daily and a menu will be distributed at time of enrollment. To the extent possible, our menu consists of fresh, whole grain and organic ingredients. Our culinary program is a focal point of our center and all children will have the opportunity to visit the greenhouse, plant seeds, tend to gardens, harvest fruits and vegetable and cook community meals for the school. We will teach the importance of healthy eating and educate children about sustainable food practices.
Leftover food products will be used in our compost when possible.
Gardening and growing food can touch an all areas of education and development. It is our belief that the greenhouse can be used in art projects, learning about science, mathematics, movement (both gross motor and fine motor), etc. When children know where their food comes from, they’re more apt to be adventurous and curious about different flavors. We are excited to honor this part of development and look forward to cultivating diverse palates among our little ones.
Nutrition is also an incredibly important part of development in young children. The first few years of life is an opportunity to pack the body full of food loaded with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics and more! We will be working to make sure there are lots of healthy fats on board for developing brains and that the array of food choices are always supporting immune health, the ever-developing nervous system and growing bodies.