Classroom Food Adventures

Do kids like eating fruits and veggies? This is a question that is often posed to Farm to School Educators who teach kids about healthy eating, cooking and nutrition. Far from fussy eaters, imagine Kindergarten students, cheering as they make a beet and raspberry smoothie, or a class of 2nd graders asking excitedly for second and third helpings of raw kale salad they prepared. In Corvallis, this is a reality, because in our Classroom Food Adventures program, kids are adventurous eaters every day!

About: Our K-5 Food Adventures are hands-on, experiential lessons that give students an in-depth educational experience with local produce that is featured monthly in their school lunches and cafeteria Tasting Tables. Students learn about Oregon-grown crops, healthy eating habits, and teamwork, through preparing recipes together in their classrooms.

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Schedule: Classroom Food Adventures are offered October-May in the afternoons (Tuesday through Friday).

Volunteers: We are currently accepting applications for volunteers to help with this program. Volunteer Classroom Food Adventure Assistants will help with cooking projects in many of the 8 public elementary schools in Corvallis! These volunteers will travel to the schools with our FoodCorps Educator and help assist kids in basic cooking projects and help organize materials. If interested, the volunteer may also be able to lead activities or assist in lesson planning. Volunteers must be available for up to 2 hours at a time between 11AM and 3PM at least 1 day per week (Tues-Fri). This opportunity is great for anyone with an interest in education, Farm to School, cooking, organizing and more!

Fill out a volunteer application online.

Teachers: Invite a Farm to School Educator to your class for a Food Adventure! Each lesson features Oregon fruits and veggies through a 30-60 minute grade-level appropriate lesson that incorporates food preparation and sampling, as well as standards-based math, reading, writing or science components. A sliding scale fee of $0-35 helps offset program costs.

For more information contact:  foodcorps@corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org

Also consider our Farm Field Trips offered in the Fall and Spring.