Springtime in the Garden: Part 3

Curious Minds and Dirty Hands Have you ever wondered what happens during an elementary school garden lesson with Common Threads? AmeriCorps Food Educators share a sneak peek into our some of our lessons this spring. This is a multi-part series, stay tuned for future lessons! The third spring lesson (by Lindsay Williams) If you haven’t […]

Springtime in the Garden: Part 4

Curious Minds and Dirty Hands Have you ever wondered what happens during an elementary school garden lesson with Common Threads? AmeriCorps Food Educators share a sneak peek into our some of our lessons this spring. This is a multi-part series, stay tuned for future lessons! The fourth spring lesson (by Maddie Breza) If you haven’t […]

Springtime in the Garden: Part 2

Curious Minds and Dirty Hands Have you ever wondered what happens during an elementary school garden lesson with Common Threads? AmeriCorps Food Educators share a sneak peek into our some of our lessons this spring. This is a multi-part series, stay tuned for future lessons! The second spring lesson (by Anya Vollstedt) If you haven’t […]

Springtime in the garden! Part 1

Curious Minds and Dirty Hands Have you ever wondered what happens during an elementary school garden lesson with Common Threads? AmeriCorps Food Educators share a sneak peek into our some of our lessons this spring. This is a multi-part series, stay tuned for future lessons! The first spring lesson (by Margo Heffron) It’s spring, and […]

Kids Cook Lunch!

A hands-on summer feeding program at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center Over the past year, a delicious partnership has been forming between the EWRRC and Common Threads, a Bellingham-based nonprofit that helps kids fall in love with healthy food through hands-on gardening and cooking programs. Common Threads currently helps kids grow, eat and learn […]

Moments from Spring Break at Regency and Sterling Meadows

During Spring Break this year, some of our Food Educators led cooking activities at both Regency and Sterling Meadows apartment complexes. Keep reading to hear some of the highlights! Our first day at each site was  “Exercise & Health Day.” We danced Zumba, stretched, and made green, nutrient-packed smoothies — and we even pickled some […]

Teaching kids creativity and connection in a low-budget kitchen pantry

by Carly Markowitz, AmeriCorps Food Educator We’ve all been there. “What can I whip up for dinner with this?”, you might say to yourself, gazing into a fridge with yesterday’s leftovers and veggies that need to be eaten before they pass their prime. Creativity and some basic cooking skills can get you a long way […]

Just Cook!: Kids Supper Clubs

by Sophie Nicholakos, AmeriCorps Food Educator “What do I do now?”, Octavio asked after we finished opening and rinsing cans of chickpeas for the Chana Masala we were making. “Well,” I  said, “Do you want to help me recycle these cans?” Octavio had never recycled cans before, so I showed him how to rinse them […]

Three Sisters Stew: Filling our minds and bellies

by Ellie Twitty, AmeriCorps Food Educator For millennia, from Mexico to Montana, women have mounded up the earth and laid three specific seeds in the ground – all in the same square foot of soil. There are many stories of how the three seeds came to be, but they all share the understanding of these […]

A Winter Borscht Tale: “I just had to find out”

Written by Lindsay Williams, one of our AmeriCorps Food Educators “Cabbage!”  “Carrots!” “Garlic!”  “Onion!” “Salt and pepper!”  “Olive oil!” “Lemon!” “Beets!” These were the sounds of students joyfully shouting out the ingredients of borscht pictured on a PowerPoint slide. As his classmates discussed which of these ingredients they had tried before, one fourth grader raised […]