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Brattleboro Food Co-op Focus on: Education Outreach PDF Print E-mail

July 2012
Meredith Wade

Education Outreach connects our Co-op to the community in a variety of ways, all related to healthy eating and promoting local foods. Engaging young children to seniors, our goal is to promote wellness through experience and education. Education Outreach builds partnerships with community organizations to connect with diverse groups in a variety of locations. Everyone enjoys a chance to try a taste of delicious food and the Co-op becomes known as a resource for healthy food choices.

A few examples of Outreach collaborations:
Co-op educators collaborate with Brattleboro Centre for Children to introduce young children to new tastes like kale chips and cooking a healthy lunch together.

The Co-op collaborates with the active Farm to School program in Brattleboro to connect kids to local food and farms. Many elementary schools have school and community gardens, so the impact of introducing kids to growing and eating fresh produce extends to their families and neighbors as well.

Teens who gather at the Boys & Girls Club have an opportunity to learn skills and try new recipes in a cooking class. This popular activity provides teens with a healthy snack and gives them an opportunity to learn about making healthy choices.

For a few years Education Outreach has not had space in the Co-op to offer programs except for tours. With the completion of the new building there will be a Community Room and Cooking Classroom ready for an exciting array of programs open to all. These programs will offer multiple ways to connect the Co-op community to each other through our interest in wellness and good food.

 

For more information about Education Outreach and their classes and activities, call Meredith or Vicky at 246-2842 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .