Cooking from the Garden

An After-School Enrichment Program for the Denver-Metro Area

The Cooking from the Garden After-School Enrichment Program provides an interactive and multi-faceted learning environment transforming children from passive food consumers to creators, and in so doing increase their health awareness. Children will discover their own taste preferences, learn to create dishes they enjoy, derive self-esteem and pride as they watch their plants grow, eat them and share them to with their community.

This is a weekly after school program that promotes the use of your school garden by getting students to learn about planting, maintaining, and harvesting, and then using this food in relevant cooking classes. These curriculums are adapted from the Slow Food USA’s Slow Garden Curriculum, written by Denver local, Gigia Kolouch. Exact classes vary based on age, season, and harvest.

Seasonal Outline:

Fall: Harvest, basic cooking techniques and put garden to bed

Winter: Cooking with whole grains, garden planning and garden signs

Spring: Preparing and planting the garden, taste education, spring vegetable dishes

Email to inquire about implementing the Cooking from the Garden after school program at your school.

Lennon Villarose

Class Instructor

Lilly Allison Steirer

Class Instructor

Noelle Trueheart

Class Instructor

Lauren Villegas

Class Instructor

Mike Spade

Class Instructor

Emily Hope Dobkin

Class Instructor

Steffanie Grogan

Class Instructor

Rylee Foer

Class Instructor

Interested in bringing Cooking from the Garden to your school?

School Garden Sponsors

For scholarship inquires please email