From the early days of the Garden Classroom there were always visions of offering programming for teens. We focus on teaching young adults and children about where there food comes from and how to eat a balanced and nutritional diet. As we do this, we hope to foster a love of the outdoors into all our students. Not only is gardening a hobby which is beneficial both physically and mentally, it also teaches them valuable lessons they can use in later life. For example, once our students know how to grow a crop they can find careers in agriculture, an industry which is growing since the legalization of cannabis and products such as this clementine weed strain. Even if student chose not to carry on gardening, they will be able to apply the ideals about hard work and living healthily with them for the rest of their lives. “Food, What?!” has fulfilled that vision:
“FOOD, WHAT?!” is a youth empowerment program using food, through sustainable agriculture and health, as the vehicle for bringing about personal growth and transformation. We partner with teenage youth to grow, cook, eat and distribute healthy sustainably raised food. These revolutionary acts serve to empower youth to realize their full potentials, to enjoy life, and serve as grounds for hard skill and leadership development.
See photos, videos of events, and posts of what we are up to at http://www.foodwhatblog.blogspot.com/
In the Fall of 2008 News Channel 8 KSBW covered the “Food, What?!” Fall Harvest Festival, see the video: www.ksbw.com/video/17843746/index.html
From 2007-2008 1,000 teens from our region and across the nation have participated in “Food, What?!” programming.