Hooray, we have a kitchen!

Yes, folks, we have a kitchen!  After years of hard work, my amazing supervisors at High Park have accomplished the huge task of getting a teaching kitchen built at the High Park Children’s Garden.  So now, do we not only harvest lovely veggies from the garden, we can cook them on site (and what we don’t use, we can refrigerate or freeze)! How amazing is that?

On top of that, it’s a super eco-friendly building, made of straw bales, has a green roof, rain barrels, and is waiting to hopefully eventually have solar panels.  (There’s a lot more info about here: http://torontochildrensgarden.ca/teaching-kitchen/ )

The grass roof on the High Park teaching kitchen.

The kitchen was brand new at the start of the season, so we were very much still learning about it and how to use it, so we’ll definitely get better at planning and running  kitchen programming as time goes on. But we did do some great cooking/baking this summer: zucchini muffins, stuffed summer squash with quinoa and veggies, babba ganoush, hummus, lavender cookies, scissor salsa, pesto, mini pizzas, kale chips… Lots of yummy stuff, and as I’ve said before, it’s amazing to see what kids will eat if they grow, harvest and prepare it themselves.

The kitchen is primarily one big room, where we have folding tables with adjustable heights, so that we can have kids sitting or standing around tables in different layouts, depending on what we’re doing. We also have this fun rolling adult-height countertop, so sometimes we set it up like a cooking show, which can be pretty fun. It’s super exciting to get the kids in the kitchen!

Happy growing (and cooking)!

Inside the teaching kitchen.

The cool beams in the kitchen.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lene Gjelsvik on September 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Congrats on your kitchen! Looks great! We are establishing our kitchen number 2 on Geitmyra these days so if you have any pictures from the innside – we are very interested – as we are working out the interior right now.

    Great to hear about your busy summer and the broccoli-story. We have also had kids lining up here to eat raw broccoli as if it was something completely else than raw cabbage. Interesting and fun!

    Best regards,

    Lene Gjelsvik

    Geitmyra matkultursenter for barn

    +47 982 57 582

    http://www.geitmyra.no

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    Fra: seedlingstories [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] Sendt: 12. september 2012 04:46 Til: lene@geitmyra.no Emne: [New post] Hooray, we have a kitchen!

    seedlingstories posted: “Yes, folks, we have a kitchen! After years of hard work, my amazing supervisors at High Park have accomplished the huge task of getting a teaching kitchen built at the High Park Children’s Garden. So now, do we not only harvest lovely veggies from the”

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  2. Hei og takk, Lene!

    There are some pictures of the inside of the kitchen if you scroll down a bit on this page: http://torontochildrensgarden.ca/teaching-kitchen/from-start-to-finish/to-butterfly/ What you don’t see on the pictures are the folding, adjustable-height tables which we can set up if we need table/counter space for the kids to work at. The tables are ok, but not ideal, as they’re light and tend to slip pretty easily so they’re not that stable. We’re looking into getting rubber feet on them to help keep them in place. I’m so fascinated about the tables you have in the kitchen, with the built-in stove tops!

    Very exciting about your new kitchen at Geitmyra! I’ll be sure to keep my eyes open for updates on your website. Is it in one of the existing old buildings?

    Hilsen,
    /Elin

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