CUESA (The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) would like to invite your class to participate in a Foodwise Kids field trip. CUESA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a healthy food system. We’re best known for organizing San Francisco's Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, though also run the Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland, as well as the Mission Community Market in San Francisco's Mission district. We have been providing education for two decades through cooking demos and classes, farmers market programs, farm trips, seasonal celebrations, school gardening classes, and more.
Foodwise Kids uses the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market as a classroom for teaching students to love fruits and vegetables through comparative tastings, exploring the market, and a hands-on cooking lesson. The program takes place during the Tuesday and Thursday farmers markets and is free to public school grades 1-5, with classes of up to 35 students. Weask that each class brings one chaperone per five students.
We offer two classes each Tuesday and Thursday, rotating the classes in and out of our CUESA Kitchen. On the application form please select which time frame you prefer.
We start in the CUESA Kitchen with an introduction and a taste of something out of the ordinary, to encourage students to be open to unfamiliar flavors. Then, the children explore the market and use tokens to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. The group reassembles in the CUESA kitchen with their purchases for a hands-on cooking class led by our Foodwise Kids Program Coordinator and supported by a team of volunteers and interns. We conclude by sharing the dishes with the class and enjoying a snack together. Read more about Foodwise Kids on our website: www.cuesa.org/foodwise-kids.
If you would like to schedule a free program for your class, please fill out this form. This is a popular program, and space is not guaranteed, though preference will be given to schools that serve low income students.
Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you soon!
The Foodwise Kids Team