When we think of garden fresh food, we often envision over-flowing baskets of ripe tomatoes, and tender greens, freshly harvested and ready to be made into a healthy salad. So, when Chef Lovely let the classes know they would be preparing sushi; our students were surprised and excited!
First, Chef Lovely led the students through the garden to harvest lettuce and mint, all while teaching the students what it means to harvest and how to tell when the food is ready, then it was time to roll! The students wrapped the sushi with Nori seaweed and inside the rolls they used brown rice, red bell peppers, cucumber, avocado, and the mint, and lettuce harvested just moments earlier (talk about fresh!) As the students were intently focused on their sushi rolling skills, it was most exciting to hear them exclaim that brown rice is healthier than white rice, and that they know how to make the healthy choice.
Once the sushi was prepared the students were able to show off their very impressive chop sticks skills. A wonderful calm fell over the dining tables while the students were happily enjoying their sushi, their mouths too full to talk. It was a truly beautiful afternoon in the garden classroom. Seeing the students so engaged, a Chinese Proverb comes to mind “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”