My students in College and Life Prep are learning a variety of skills in our class which is a take on Home Economics with a twist of going to college and living alone. My students have a variety of interests, but most of all love to cook together.
Many have little experience with cooking outside of class and are trying these skills, ingredients, and flavors for the first time.
Sadly, our rural and remote school does not have the funds to budget for this so we are a completely DIY and BYO course.
My students love cooking and are interested in trying new flavors. Herbs in our small grocery store are often pricey. When I asked them how many have used fresh herbs in the past month, only 5 students had. Most of them have very little experience with growing or taking care of plants. We will use the soil and seeds to make a classroom herb garden which we will harvest for our cooking activities.
Learning the valuable skills of gardening will allow them to provide for themselves in the future and help them learn the skills of caring for living things.
Once the plants are large enough, the students will harvest their herbs and use them in recipes and to flavor foods that they already eat. Through this activity they will learn about different flavor options and we will discuss how herbs are used in cooking.
Once we have enough plants, students will also be able to take them home to their families. If possible, we would also love to share them with the larger community. Through this project we will also take the opportunity to learn about local produce options and home farming benefits to the environment.
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