*Note: Our usual school programs are on hold due to COVID-19. We are supporting school food distribution and exploring opportunities for outdoor, small, COVID-safe programming. 

School-Based Food Education gives students the opportunity to learn about and fall in love with life-long healthy food choices from an early age at school. Common Threads provides coordinated leadership and support for school-based food education through our trained Food Educators.

Is Common Threads not at your school yet? Contact us to learn how to get us there!

If you’re a like-minded organization interested in joining our statewide team, click here

Garden sites in Whatcom County


Every school that we partner with has a school garden – which is where AmeriCorps Food Educators lead garden lessons during the school day in the fall and spring. Kids help care for their school gardens as part of each school garden lesson. Each class typically meets every other week during garden season for a total of 3 fall garden lessons and 5 spring garden lessons.

Gardens provide endless possibilities for curriculum connections, from science and math to writing and art! We encourage teachers to use the garden outside of Common Threads garden lesson time too.

Learn about the different school gardens at each of our current partner schools

Volunteer with garden lessons or garden care

Read about the spring garden lessons in this blog post series


Cooking in the classroom is such a fun way to spend the winter months, when school gardens are at rest! Kids work together to prepare simple, healthy, vegetable-based recipes – and learn about hygiene, safety, nutrition, and teamwork along the way. We meet with each class on a monthly basis between early November to early March, for a total of 4 winter cooking lessons.

The recipes we select are simple, cost-effective and tasty so that they can be replicated at home – we send recipe cards home with kids after each cooking lesson.

We work closely with the Bellingham Food Service and Wellness Departments and are proud supporters of the Good Food Promise.

Try some of our recipes at home!

Volunteer with cooking lessons


We offer after school programs at schools throughout the year by request. We typically follow our in-school curriculum cycle and run gardening after school clubs in the fall and spring, and cooking after school clubs in the winter (though we can be flexible!). To learn more about after school programs, visit this page.