Volunteer Spotlight: Daniel Murphy

Common Threads Volunteer Daniel Murphy assisting a student

Daniel began volunteering with Common Threads as an intern through the Human Services Program at Western Washington University. Excited about empowering students to make informed decisions about food choices, Daniel volunteered with Common Threads camps at The Outback Farm last summer. From Farm Camp to Camp Pizza, from Camp Pasta to Food Investigators, Daniel contributed […]

Cooking with Common Threads: Garden Stir Fry

The first clue that it’s a cooking day at any local elementary reaches most students through their noses. Last month the sweet spicy aroma of turmeric and cumin permeated the hallways. This week and through early March, it’s a new scent: garlic, tamari, and ginger!   Our final cooking class lesson of the season, Garden […]

Spring Break Camp Registration is OPEN!

camp kiddos petting a chicken

Registration is now open for this year’s spring break camp, the week of April 2-6. Our outdoor camps connect kids to healthy food in the garden, in the outdoor kitchen, and at the picnic table! Our 2017-2018 Food Educator team will be leading the fun, searching for signs of spring! Thanks to our supporters, we offer need-based scholarships to […]

What’s cooking after school?

School had finished for the day, but a group of 3rd through 5th grade students at Geneva Elementary were still excited to learn as they gathered to make tacos. Working as a team, students chopped apple and cabbage and made their own tortillas from scratch. Apple, cabbage and mozzarella?!! At first, kids hesitated at the […]

Cooking with Common Threads: Potato Curry!

Did you know that the spice turmeric comes from a rhizome of a plant in the ginger family? That cumin was used in mummification in ancient Egypt? That black pepper actually is the fruit of the plant? Our students are learning about these spices and much more in this month’s recipe: Potato Curry. Our recipe […]

Local Farms Contribute to Classroom Cooking

From November through March close to 6,000 kids in 273 classrooms across 21 Whatcom County Schools are cooking with Common Threads. The students–aged 5 through 14–get to peel, chop, grate, stir up, and savor a healthy meal cooked communally. While we source as much produce as possible from our partner school gardens, especially Whatcom Middle […]

Cooking with Common Threads

We had such a great time gardening this fall! Our students learned and experienced so much while exploring the wonders of our school gardens! Now that we’ve pulled in our harvest, planted cover crop and mulched our garden beds for winter, we turn to classroom cooking sessions and after-school cooking clubs…HOORAY!!! Our team of Americorps […]

8th Annual Harvest Dinner – a Community Celebration!

For our 8th Annual Harvest Dinner, over 100 friends and family celebrated with Common Threads the harvest of crops planted throughout the year, and the role of community in growing good eaters! Preparation began many months prior, of course, with cultivating soil and planting seeds! In the days and weeks leading up to the event, […]

School Garden Spotlight: Lowell Elementary

Lowell Elementary 3rd grade teacher Liane Koester likes to emphasize “bringing the food cycle full circle.” That full circle is made manifest in the Lowell School Garden! Established in the spring of 2016, the Lowell garden was the result of Lowell PTA vision, with support from Common Threads and funding from diverse grants and donations. Lowell […]

Introducing Common Threads’ 2017-18 Americorps Team…

Common Threads is growing! Our largest Americorps team yet includes Food Educators and also School Farmers, serving collaboratively to ensure community-wide support for thriving school garden learning spaces, increased outreach to families, after-school programs, and inter-agency partnerships. Find out who’s connecting kids to healthy food at a site near you! (click a link to read […]