By Shanna Woods

The Thursday youth farm cooking class held their fall 2014 community dinner November 20th at Zion Church to celebrate the end of the season. The youth planned a dinner to feed families, community partners, and friends using fun meal ideas and seasonality. The youth landed on tacos with Cole slaw garnish with their favorite miso Kale salad.  Food used came from the various Lyndale youth farm gardens like cabbage, kale, and garlic and was based off foods harvested during the fall. The youth worked for two hours preparing the food to feed 65 people who attended which included our lovely space sharers LNA English language learners. The students had the opportunity to enjoy a meal with the youth farmers as well as engage in fun, lively conversations with the youth and their families. The evening helped the students practice their English skills, get to know young people, and enjoy foods freshly and skillfully prepared by youth in their community.

The event was such a fun way for the youth to showcase what foods they enjoyed over the 8 week sessions, brag about their field trips, explained food they preserved, and demonstrate their cooking skills. We are on break from cooking class until January 2015. We look forward to beginning new classes this winter with another community dinner to wrap up an anticipated, fun session.