FALL 2015 Updates
The Cory Garden is making a difference in our school community! This beautiful outdoor education space provides the opportunity for teachers and parent volunteers to offer experiential hands-on education to all Cory students. Students get a sense of the full cycle of learning associated with heathy food – from growing to nutrition to cooking.
Cory is one of many DPS schools that participate in the Garden to Cafeteria program. Students pick and wash produce from our garden, and it is provided to the kitchen staff to be used on the salad bar or in food made from scratch. Our vegetables are grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Our school garden provides more than 100 pounds of cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and carrots to the cafeteria each fall. In addition, our food is offered to our school families through our Youth Farmers’ Markets. These autumn events serve as community building activities where the students pick and sell our own produce as well as fruits and vegetables from local Colorado farms.
Every fall, Cory Elementary participates in Colorado Proud Day, serving a meal that showcases Colorado grown produce. Cory Garden Committee has featured local chefs for this event, and they have whipped up dishes like fresh tomato and cucumber salad, peach salsa, and pumpkin soup. To decorate the cafeteria for this event, Cory students picked bouquets of homegrown flowers from our school garden.
Our cooking program features different cooking teachers each year. Chefs in the past have come from Black Pearl, Slotted Spoon, and Trattoria Stella eateries. Chipotle has donated produce. Students participate by chopping, stirring, and of course, eating! Parents have also generously participated in the students’ cooking experience by helping students combine herbs and vegetables directly in the garden to produce salads, pistou, guacamole, and more.
Garden activities in spring, summer, and fall have included: planting seeds indoors, transplanting to larger indoor pots, transplanting outdoors, direct seed sowing outdoors, painting garden signs, weeding (and more weeding!), spreading mulch, watering, harvesting fruits and vegetables, tasting, cooking, drawing, painting, marketing Youth Farmer’s Markets, and selling at Youth Farmer’s Markets.
Cory students can’t get enough of their school garden!
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.