What We Do

Growing Chefs! Chefs for Children’s Urban Agriculture runs a Classroom Gardening and Cooking Program in elementary schools to get kids excited about growing, cooking, and eating good, healthy food. In our program, chef volunteers are paired with Grades 1-3 classrooms for the primary program and Grades 4-7 classrooms for the intermediate program to give students hands-on gardening and cooking experience.

How it works

  • Over the course of three and a half months, the chefs visit the classroom every two weeks, helping the students plant and tend to indoor vegetable gardens.
  • The chefs engage the students in games, lessons, and activities focusing on plant growth, local and urban agriculture, sustainability, and nutrition. See a sample lesson.
  • The students harvest their vegetables, and the chefs teach them to cook delicious, healthy meals with what they have grown.

The program runs every year from September to December, and March to June. Learn more about becoming a volunteer or getting the program into your classroom. You can also get in touch with us here.