Making lasagna to launch the Whole Kid’s Foundation School Garden Grant Program

My kids and I recently got to go down to the local Whole Foods Market and meet Chef Matt as he lead us through a hands-on cooking demo where we got to learn to make the delicious organic recipes: “Lazy Lasagna” and “Roasted Beet Salad in a Maple Orange Vinaigrette.” We had a lot of fun and the kids were so excited to actually make their own dinner. It even prompted my very-picky eater to proclaim that “he likes lasagna now and he is a very good cook!”

Layering Lasagna Ready For The Little Chefs Loving The Beet Salad

The event was to help celebrate the launch of the Whole Kids Foundation and the School Garden Grant Program.

Flash Kitchen and Chef MattMaking LasagnaLittle Lasagna Makers

I was also excited to learn about the Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program. I am a big believer in getting involved to make your schools greener and school gardens fit perfectly. They benefit kids, they benefit community, and they are a great way to introduce a new level of learning in (and out) of the classroom.

If you’re local, check out where you can find out more and have the chance to get free salad shakers and memberships to the Whole Kid’s Club…

The School Lunch Shakedown Tour Wheels Around Portland

This weekend, September 24 and 25, Whole Foods Market and B-Line Cycles will be cruising around Portland giving away free salad shakers – healthy salads layered with fresh vegetables in shakeable containers – to children and families at five different locations Sept. 24 and 25. The tour promotes the new Whole Kid’s Foundation School Garden Grant Program, which provides grants for school and community gardens.

During this rolling tour, kids who sign a pledge to eat healthy school lunches will be entered into a drawing to win one of two $250 gift certificates to the Bike Gallery. (One boy and one girl winner will be selected.) By making the pledge, kids (12 and under) will earn a one-year membership to the Whole Kid’s Club which entitles them to a free healthy food item each time they visit a local Whole Foods Market store.

Information will also be provided to parents, letting them know how they can apply to the Garden Grant Program on behalf of their neighborhood school or community garden.

Where you can find them:

OMSI Power to the Pedal event, 1945 SE Water Ave.
Saturday, Sept. 24, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Chapman Elementary School Swift Watch, 1445 NW 26th Ave.
Saturday, Sept. 24, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Sunday Parkways at Woodlawn Park, NE 13th Ave. and Dekum St.
Sunday, Sept. 25, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Sunday Parkways at Alberta Park, NE 22nd Ave. and Killingsworth St.
Sunday, Sept. 25, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Sunday Parkways at Fernhill Park, NE 37th Ave. and Ainsworth St.
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Does your school have a garden? If not, see if you can help your school apply for a grant.

Photo credit: Whole Kids Foundation on flickr

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Making lasagna to launch the Whole Kid’s Foundation School Garden Grant Program — 2 Comments

  1. Cute and inspiring – so true that involving kids in the whole process from garden fork to kitchen fork is such a healthy thing. Must remember to do it more, here, too!


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