Sneak peek at the new mobile cooking station

24 Mar

As I wrote in a previous post, I’m working with three design students from North Carolina State University and their professor to design a new mobile cooking station for George Watts Montessori school.

This rolling wonder is how we’ll transform nutrition lessons from talking sessions into hands-on cooking-and-tasting sessions, using vegetables from the school garden. At least, that’s what I hope.

Our school nutritionist, Becca Wright, and I went to the design studio earlier this week to talk through the cart’s designs with the students. We talked through a lot. Things like:

“Which things need to be easiest to reach on the station?”

“How do we make the cart ‘expandable,’ to gain more surface space?”

“Can we make the components easily replaceable, in case something breaks?”

And, “Which equipment or materials are absolutely essential for the cart? How many of them? What size?”

They showed us a few drawings and some cool computer-generated models…

Next step: Drumming up some financial support.

We plan to invest in quality materials and cooking equipment, so things don’t break easily. We’ve got a long list of needed equipment, ranging from non-skid mixing bowls to a giant stock pot.

The goal is to let Becca start cooking in George Watts classrooms in May, using the radishes, carrots, spinach and other vegetables growing in the garden — assuming we can get funding quickly and let these students start building the cooking station! She’ll offer six classes per week, which means everyone should have a chance to experience cooking before school lets out in June.

Beginning in fall, she’ll ramp up to nine cooking classes per week and be at Watts for 13 or 14 weeks straight — to take advantage of all the fresh vegetables coming out of the garden before Thanksgiving.

This is truly a turning point for the garden project. And I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

One Response to “Sneak peek at the new mobile cooking station”

  1. Kathleen DuVal March 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    You are amazing! This is so exciting!

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