At Sage Garden Project, our guiding principles surround the belief that every child deserves the opportunity to plant a seed, watch it grow, taste it fresh, prepare it as part of a delicious meal and compost the scraps to continue the cycle of life. The lessons learned through these experiences range far beyond science and testing a hypothesis. In the garden and cooking classroom, all subjects come alive. From reading, math and ecology to art, history, geography, and culture, the garden and cooking classroom provides an accessible space where all subjects can be taught and all students can be successful. This occurs while students build practical life skills, develop lifelong healthful habits and strengthen food sovereignty within themselves and their communities.
To support these outcomes, Sage Garden Project is committed to funding dedicated garden & cooking instructors through our awards. With a dedicated instructor, students experience the pride of ownership that maintaining a school garden provides and the sense of accomplishment from preparing food to share with others. This also allows classrooms to have consistent, year-long programming without adding extra responsibility for the classroom teacher.
When a school is ready to take this step to establish a robust garden & cooking program with a dedicated instructor to teach students as part of the school day, we see transformative change happen. Students become more open to a variety of foods and start thinking about the effects of what they are eating and the actions they are taking. We can see that they are preparing themselves for a more nourishing, mindful and sustainable tomorrow.
Why Every Garden Program Should Include Cooking, Too!
The expectation of our youth today is that they make nutritious food choices whether in the school cafeteria or in the real world, but there is little to no education to teach them how. That’s why Sage Garden Project maintains that a garden program isn’t complete without also teaching students how to taste and prepare the foods they are growing. We believe that if students are provided a safe place to try new foods and learn basic cooking skills, they will be encouraged and empowered to create beneficial life-long habits.