Upcoming Eat What You Grow Workshop – Register Now!

Chicago Public School gardeners can become Eat What You Grow certified to serve garden produce in the classroom or dining center! The next training hosted by CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness will be held on September 27th, 2017 at Ray Elementary from 4:30-6:30PM – register HERE to reserve your spot!

School gardens are a great way to get students excited about eating fresh fruits and vegetables, but if the food they are growing cannot be eaten in school, these powerful lessons can fall short. The Eat What You Grow (EWYG) program covers key aspects of food safety to take your students on the full journey from seed to salad. The workshop covers the history of the program, an overview of the EWYG manual, and a template for developing your Personalized Food Safety Plan. The program requires that one staff member from your school attend the training before serving produce to students in school.

Kitchen Community Garden Educators will be able to follow up to support all Learning Garden Schools who have attended this 2 hour workshop. Our support includes guidance to complete the Personalized Food Safety Plan and approval of the document as well as harvesting support to ensure that the first attempts at an Eat What You Grow harvest are well executed.

Questions can be sent to Drew Thomas (dmthomas21@cps.edu) or Sam Koentopp (sam@BigGreen.org).