Kids make hummus – and eat it too!

Kids make hummus – and eat it too!

“This little boy liked the hummus so much that he offered to finish off the leftovers!” – Indigo Larson, Food Educator by Indigo Larson, AmeriCorps Food Educator During our cooking training a few weeks ago, I asked, “Do we give kindergarteners knives...
Farmer Joe’s November garden tips

Farmer Joe’s November garden tips

November is the time of year when we put our gardens to bed, and the trees start going to sleep too – shedding leaves and stopping growth to protect themselves against frost. In tree-language we call it going “dormant”. Trees in our area enter dormancy in...
Make a Difference Day Work Parties

Make a Difference Day Work Parties

Make a Difference Day happens every year on the last Saturday of October. In honor of the day, Common Threads Food Educators held a number of work parties throughout the month of October to get community members involved in their school garden. All told, 110...
More kids attend camp on scholarship than ever before

More kids attend camp on scholarship than ever before

When school’s out, it’s time for camp!  The beautiful 5-acre grounds of the WWU Outback Farm is the perfect spot for exploring nature and healthy food.   From the beginning, Common Threads’ has been committed to never turning a child away for lack of funds. This year,...
Impact of Common Threads school gardening & cooking programs

Impact of Common Threads school gardening & cooking programs

In the 2018-2019 school year, over 6700 kids in 21 schools across four school districts in Whatcom County gardened, cooked, and ate with Common threads. But so what? What changed because of our programs?  In the spring of 2019, we conducted an evaluation of our...
At-Risk After-School and Summer Programs

At-Risk After-School and Summer Programs

When school’s out, too many children in our community spend their time in environments where there is not enough to do, not enough to eat, and not enough positive human contact. This past year, thanks to support from Share our Strength and the Chuckanut Health...