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Free nutrition and healthy eating programs from the Brattleboro Food Co-op!
Our program goals:
- To introduce a variety of healthy, natural and locally grown foods to school children to broaden their food experience.
- To increase students understanding about where food comes from.
- To provide students with nutrition information enabling them to make healthy food choices.
Co-op outreach instructors are experienced educators who will visit your class or program for 30-45 minutes. Most programs include a free snack. For more information or to schedule a classroom visit, contact our Education & Outreach coordinator Lizi Rosenberg at 246-2842, or email
Programs are divided into 2 topics:
Our Healthy Bodies
Food & Farms
Our Healthy Bodies
Growing Bones– Students cooperatively build a life-size skeleton puzzle and learn about the role of calcium-rich foods and exercise in a growing body.
All About Digestion– Students discover what happens when we eat while following the process food goes through in a model of the digestive system.
Exploring Our Senses– Students learn how we use our senses by playing a matching and describing game with smells; experience how texture and taste combine on our taste buds; and try to distinguish between salty, sour, bitter and sweet tastes.
Eating a Rainbow– Students learn the importance of eating colorful fruits and vegetables. They make an edible rainbow snack with a variety of foods and learn how different colors of foods help different parts of the body.
Food & Farms
Local Foods– What food is local food? Why is it important to know? Students are introduced to the variety of local food products. We discuss the economic and environmental benefits of choosing local products and enjoy eating a locally grown or produced snack.
Farm to Table– Students learn how food gets from the farm to our tables. We play a game that illustrates the difference between a local and a large-scale food system. We talk about the role of the Co-op in promoting local products.
Composting– How long does it take for an apple core to decompose? How about newspaper? Students play an interactive game on decomposition to learn about the natural recycling process of composting (with or without worms) to reduce waste and enrich the soil.
What is a Co-op?– We will play an interactive game to compare cooperation with competition. Students will learn how cooperatives support the local economy and help build community.
Co-op Store Tour & Snack– Classes are invited to come for a tour of the Co-op. Students will have a chance to peek behind the scenes and see deli chefs at work, tour the cavernous produce cooler, and admire the many cheeses from around the world. We can create a scavenger hunt to search for food groups, colors & shapes or types of products depending on your interests. Students will sample a tasty snack to conclude the visit.
For more information or to schedule a classroom visit, contact our Education & Outreach coordinator Lizi Rosenberg at 246-2842, or email
Want to lead a workshop or teach a class?
Let us know what you are thinking by filling out the proposal form here, and returning to Lizi at
,or dropping off at Shareholder Services.
Class Proposal Form
* Instructors must have credentials in the area that they wish to teach. For health and nutrition related topics, we will evaluate potential instructor qualifications in that area. We ask that you do not, unless appropriately certified, make a statement or claim about a product or treatment. Under no circumstance does the Brattleboro Food Co-op recommend particular treatments, and always recommends that individuals consult their healthcare practitioner before pursuing treatment. It is acceptable for attendees to ask for your business card, buy what you sell, or sign up for a service, but the basic content and information presented should be primarily educational in nature, as opposed to promoting product or service. You have the option of renting the Community Room for events or programs that do not meet these criteria.