Rose D. Chavez, MPH
Food System/Food Equity Coalition
The wonderment and awe expressed by the children when they learned (by harvesting, cooking, and sharing stories) about where their food comes from tells us that the children were able to make many garden-to-table connections during the Kids in the Mountain Garden Education program this summer.
Each week, the education program served between 15-20 children along with a family member. During the weekly sessions, the children had the opportunity to spend time in the garden learning about how plants, similar to their own bodies, need nourishment and care. They harvested vegetables and learned to prepare meals from a variety of Hispanic and Mexican dishes. They asked to learn how to make tortillas — they learned an indigenous way of preparing ground maize and cooked their own tortillas.
At the end of each session they shared with their families the taste and the joy of the meal. Pagosa locals brought their rich heritage of Archuleta County and shared them with the children and their families. The experience was grounded in community, nutrition, culture, place, health and gardening.
We are grateful for the support the community showed for this inaugural program and look forward to partnering in the future to support similar educational efforts.
The Food Coalition would like to invite the community to the upcoming food demonstration that will be held at St. Patrick’s Episcopal food pantry on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. from 10 to 11 a.m. Local chef and community member Wendy McAllister will be leading the demo and will be featuring a recipe of savory local vegetables on the grill. Please register for the demonstration and to receive a food bundle of ingredients to take home to prepare the recipe after the demo.
Visit and “like” the Food Coalition 4 Archuleta on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about the work of the Food Coalition and to participate in our local efforts to support an equitable food system for everyone in Archuleta County. For more information and to register for the food demonstration please contact the Food Coalition at [email protected] or call (401) 371-3227.