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 growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. We’re best known for operating the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and Mission Community Market in San Francisco and the Jack London Square Farmers Market in Oakland. We also offer education programs to empower discovery for eaters of all ages through hands-on classes, cooking demos, seasonal celebrations, farm tours, 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 every 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 (either 10am - 12:30pm or 10:45am - 1:15pm). If you would like to attend with another class from your school, please make sure that both yourself and your colleague each fill out a separate application form.
We start in the CUESA Kitchen with an introduction and a seasonal produce tasting, to encourage students to be open to trying new things. Then, the children explore the market and use provided market coins 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 the highest need schools in the district.
Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you soon!
The Foodwise Kids Team