Students participate in cooking lesson

October is National Farm to School Month. For four weeks, millions of school communities around the country celebrate the movement that connects children to fresh, healthy food and supports local agriculture and Liberty is no exception.

Chef Michael Bel, Director of the Culinary Arts Program at SUNY Sullivan recently donated his time to teach Liberty Elementary School students how to create quick and healthy meals that feature locally grown fruits and vegetables as the main ingredient.

The Catskill Edible Garden Project (CEGP) hosts after-school “Chef in the Classroom” events in Sullivan County schools as part of National Farm to School Month.

Chef in the Classroom is a hands-on way to get children excited about eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Studies show that children who actively engage in cooking are more likely to try new foods.

CEGP is a partnership between Catskill Mountainkeeper, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County, and Sullivan Renaissance.  The project works with schools and community organizations to design edible gardens as living, outdoor educational and gathering spaces.