Farmer Joe’s December garden (actually, tea) tips

Farmer Joe’s December garden (actually, tea) tips

While there are still lots of tasks that can be done in the garden (check out Cloud Mountain’s great list), I enjoy warming up in wintertime by drinking some hot, wholesome herbal teas. You can make them easily; you can even grow your own herbs! Here are some...
Learning to chiffonade and emulsify with Confetti Slaw

Learning to chiffonade and emulsify with Confetti Slaw

by Caroline Boschetto, AmeriCorps Food Educator When Mr. Meissner’s third grade students hear a knock at the door and see two smiling faces in beet-logo t-shirts enter toting a black rolling box, their faces light up. The instructors begin unpacking colorful utensils,...
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,...