6th Grade Cooking
The Willard Grows cooking program started in 1999 when Susanne Jensen was hired as head cooking teacher.
In the kitchen, students are split into three to four groups, with each group preparing food for their table. Students practice essential knife and safety skills, prepare and cook their meal, and set their table to eat family style at the end of class.
The recipes follow the Harvest of the Month, highlighting seasonal and fresh ingredients. For example, in September we cook bruschetta with fresh tomatoes from the garden.
In October we highlight fall fruit, making a fall fruit parfait with homemade granola, and pancakes with applesauce.
Pizza, Afterschool, and More
Ask any student their favorite thing about the garden, and they will probably say pizza! We fire up our earthen pizza oven anytime we can. We cook pizza with classes, sell it by the slice after school, at our big fundraising events, and for school functions. We have found that pizza is a great vehicle for putting greens and vegetables into children.
Another program we have in the garden is our after school program. Meeting once a week, students have the opportunity to help out and hang out in the garden and kitchen. Some fun activities from past after school classes include customized refrigerator pickles, made with freshly harvested cucumbers, radishes and jalapeños; quirky baskets and hats woven from dried reeds and fronds; and Halloween squash soup with sour cream spiderwebs!
6th Grade Gardening