Children's Garden and Cooking Programs
“We have to bring children into a new relationship to food that connects them to culture and agriculture.” ~ Alice Waters
The St. Mary’s Nutrition Center provides children with a safe and fun environment to explore the wonders of growing and cooking healthy food. School-based and neighborhood gardening and cooking programs give children the chance to get their hands dirty, work as a team, and try fresh, delicious vegetables – sometimes right from the ground! Our programs give children leadership opportunities in a safe environment and allow kids to build their confidence. These ongoing programs happen within many Lewiston/Auburn schools, the Lewiston Public Library, the Hillview children’s garden and kitchen, and the Knox Street children’s garden. Contact us to learn about other upcoming children’s programs.
The Nutrition Center is also involved in the Androscoggin Farm to School Network. Its vision is to build a stronger relationship between students and the food they eat, demonstrating to them what real food is and how it grows. It is a network of educators, parents, community members, organizations, farmers, and school personnel devoted to creating a healthier, more engaged learning environment for local students through Farm to School education and activities. The Network currently serves as an information and resource sharing venue for those involved or interested in these efforts in Androscoggin County. Contact us to get involved or for more information.
The St. Mary’s Nutrition Center is proud to serve as a host site for FoodCorps service members – our partners in doing this important work.