I was recently a guest judge for a Stirfry competition in the Grade 6 class of Norgate Elementary in North Vancouver.
In their Classroom Gardening and Cooking Program, chef volunteers are paired with elementary school classrooms (grades 1-3 for the primary program, 4-6 for the intermediate) to give students hands-on experience growing and cooking their own food.
It was fun opportunity for me along with my fellow judges Chef Derek Bothwell from Chill Winston, Principal Lisa Upton, and Tracey Cochrane of the The Corner Stone – Pemberton Heights; to observe and judge these talented kids.
I truly think this is a rewarding organization to support and hope that you will find away to get involved in their projects whether it is donating your time to volunteer, or supporting them financially or attending their events. Growing Chefs! Chefs for Children’s Urban Agriculture is a non-profit society, based in Vancouver, B.C. founded by Merri Schwartz and presently under the Executive Director Jaydeen Williams.
You can find out more about Growing Chefs here and follow them on Twitter @growingchefsBC
By: Richard Wolak