The Children's Cookery:
Growing, Harvesting, Preparing and Serving Cuisine at the Preschool
Beginning January 2017, Wildflower Preschool & Kindergarten began piloting a meal program in which the children, assisted by teachers, prepared and served lunch one day per week. Our hope was that this pilot program would be fantastically successful and grow into the 2017/18 school year! We were right! Currently, Wildflower holds the Children's Cookery once per week! Check out the photos from the Cookery below!
As always at Wildflower Preschool and Kindergarten, our gardens are organic (though we are not certified) and we practice sustainable agriculture, planting small plots and using pest control rather than chemicals. The school's 2016 garden included a variety of tomatoes (plum, cherry, hothouse), cucumbers, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, basil, mint, chocolate mint, lavender, sorrel, zinnias, marigolds and more. For the 2017/18 school year, several of our families have banded together to build new garden beds and plant lettuces, herbs and more. We are currently growing kale, mescalin, mustard, strawberries, lavender and more.
The school hopes to begin participating in the Carrboro Farmers' Market Free Food Waste Drop-Off Program during the 2017/18 school year. The program allows participants to bring all food scraps and food related paper products to the market each Saturday to be composted. Preschool families will be invited every other Saturday morning to meet at the market and participate in dropping off food scraps and purchase of any vegetables the school needs in the coming week.
In addition to participating in the drop-off program by bringing our scraps, staff and parents at the school can volunteer to educate the community about compost collection and monitor the drop-off site.