Foodwise Kids is a free program for elementary school classes that uses the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market as a classroom for empowering the next generation of healthy eaters. Through comparative tastings, exploring the market, and a hands-on cooking lesson, we nurture children’s love for fruits and vegetables, teach them to prepare healthy, seasonal foods, and raise their awareness of their role in a sustainable food system.
Foodwise Kids field trips begin with an introduction to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and California’s growing seasons. We highlight the key ingredient of the day and demonstrate ways to cook it. Then, students whet their palates with a produce tasting that features fruits or vegetables likely to be unfamiliar to the students. The students are urged to be open-minded and to engage their five senses. Next, students venture into the market in small groups with their chaperones to select produce for their cooking class, using tokens provided by CUESA. They complete a worksheet that encourages them to meet farmers and learn more about their food and how it is grown.
Armed with produce and newfound knowledge, the children return to the kitchen to make a snack. Foodwise Kids Program Coordinator Theresa Salcedo and CUESA volunteers teach basic cooking skills, such as how to make a vinaigrette and properly use a knife. The students prepare a snack in small groups, using the ingredients they purchased. At the end of the class, the students proudly share their dishes with their classmates, teacher, and chaperones.
Since the Foodwise Kids program launched in fall of 2012, more than 2,200 students from local public elementary schools have participated.
Foodwise Kids Summer Camp Opportunity
CUESA’s Foodwise Kids is partnering with Bay Leaf Kitchen in June 2015 to offer two one-week sessions of camp at the Ferry Building, culminating in an overnight stay at Eatwell Farm. CUESA raised funds to provide scholarships for past Foodwise Kids participants to attend. To apply, please submit a Foodwise Kids scholarship request form by April 15, 2015. Click here for more information about this camp and scholarship!
We’re looking for individuals who love cooking and working with children to assist at our Foodwise Kids classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Read the description of duties here. Contact Foodwise Kids Program Coordinator, Theresa Salcedo, at firstname.lastname@example.org for the next steps in volunteering.
Foodwise Kids programs take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 12:30 pm or 10:45 am to 1:15 pm To apply for a date, please download, complete, and return the application form (PDF) to CUESA’s Foodwise Kids Program Coordinator, Theresa Salcedo, at email@example.com or fax to 415-291-3275. Priority is given to schools with a high rate of eligibility for free and reduced-price lunch. The program is only offered during the school year. Applications for the 2015-2016 school year will be available in August.
Read stories, student quotes, and teacher testimonials about Foodwise Kids:
- Back to School for Foodwise Kids (September 19, 2014)
- Growing Foodwise Kids (October 11, 2013)
- Introducing Foodwise Kids (December 12, 2012)
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »