FRESHFARM's food education program in partnership with DC Public Schools

FoodPrints is an education project of FRESHFARM that integrates gardening, cooking, and nutrition education into the curriculum at partner elementary schools. Watch the FoodPrints video to see our program in action. 

Happy FoodPrints Friday

This week, 23 classrooms experienced fantastic FoodPrints lessons. One of our most fun and enlightening lessons is the one we teach on whole grains to fifth graders. Read a snippet from Jessica Walters, a FoodPrints Inter at Tyler Elementary School, about the experience.

We recently introduced the kids at Tyler Elementary School to the wonderful world of grinding your own grains and making your own butter. In  a lesson about technology, the kids learned three different methods to do each.

You can make your own butter at home with nothing but heavy cream and a pinch of salt.  The kids experimented with making butter using three different methods: whipping the ingredients in a metal bowl with a fork; shaking the ingredients in a tightly sealed mason jar; and mixing the ingredients with an electric stand mixer.  As you rapidly whip or shake the cream, it expands in volume before separating into butter and buttermilk.

The kids also had an opportunity to learn how flour is made. They took whole grain wheat berries and ground them with a large stone mortar and pestle, a hand mill which we clamped to their desks, and with an electric coffee grinder. Interestingly enough, though the electric method was the fastest for both the butter and the flour; the kids had the most fun shaking the butter or grinding with the hand mill.

With the freshly made whole wheat flour and butter, the kids made delicious Whole Grain Waffles. Give them a try!

I wonder if the kids we work with at Tyler Elementary go home and excitedly tell their families about what they cooked in school, and ask if they can make it at home, because I do! The recipes we make with the kids are so easy and fun, even adults enjoy making them. Try your hand at making homemade butter!

Francis-Stevens students grind farmers market wheat berries into whole wheat flour.

A Tyler student and parent volunteer grind farmers market wheat berries into whole wheat flour.

Francis-Stevens students enjoy their homemade waffles with the flour and butter they made!