Due to financial hardship, we will not be taking any additional requests for our Co-op in the Classroom program until further notice.
Every year it seems that summer has just started when the school year begins again. But here at First Alternative, we’re not complaining because the start of the school year means the beginning of a new season of Co-op in the Classroom. If you aren’t already familiar with this excellent Outreach program, here is a little bit about it.
The Co-op in the Classroom program, which evolved from “Chefs in the Classroom,” is a great opportunity for children to learn about healthy eating and sustainable agriculture while exploring food from different cultures, including our own! Led by Co-op staff, children get to slice, dice and cook up some fabulous organic food, and even learn about growing their own. We offer teachers the choice of 5 presentation units:
Unit 1: Recycling & Garden
Unit 2: Local 6 Foods
Unit 3: Mediterranean
Unit 4: Mexico
Unit 5: Japan
Each unit offers an exciting experience for students and teachers and lasts about one and one-half hours. Unit 1 is an educational unit with a recycling lesson and the opportunity for students to plant their own miniature food gardens. Units 2 through 5 are food preparation units where fresh salads, dips, spreads and sushi are made.
Our program runs October through April. We will offer four programs per month, and encourage you to sign up well ahead of time.
We look forward to a great year with your students!
For more information, call Jenn Verdries, Outreach Assistant, at
753-3115 ext. 335.