Growing Chefs, a Vancouver based non-profit society, has returned to the Comox Valley this Spring for its second program of teaching young people how to grow and cook their own food.
The CCFCC — North Vancouver Island Chefs Association supports this provincewide initiative with its members and gardening volunteers in three Valley locations: Cumberland, Arden, and Royston elementary schools.
Chefs are in their ‘whites’ instructing selected Grade 3 classes every second week for a four-month period in how to sow seeds, tend young plants, transplant, harvest micro crops, and then enjoy the vegetables of their labours by making a salad or soup. Enthusiasm is high for these young gardeners to get their hands into the soil packs, watch their beans and radishes sprout, and then later sample.
Although these young students are growing their own, their instructors also teach them where home food comes from, whether around the world or down the street, how it gets here, and what it tastes like.
At the end of the program, these new gardeners will receive a graduation certificate and enjoy a tour of Innisfree Farm to see how full-scale organic food is produced in our own area.
CCFCC-NVICA is proud to support Growing Chefs, the students, their teachers, and the agricultural community that wishes to showcase its fields of produce.
More information about Growing Chefs and NVICA can be followed on Facebook and at www.northvanouverislandchefs.com.
— North Vancouver Island Chefs Association