B.DM.F College of Food
First Course at The Farmers Place
The College of Food Program commenced at The Farmers Place in Freshwater on a Saturday. Students learned about food miles and our current globalised food practices by discovering how far the ingredients for a typical pizza have travelled. Exploring the big question… where is my food coming from?
Students were led through the FP garden where they picked produce for a seasonal salad and looked at what is growing now compared to what is currently available in supermarkets.
At noon the much anticipated making of their own gourmet pizzas from locally grown and seasonal ingredients began and the pizzas were cooked by the head chef in a wood fired pizza oven. After the shared lunch, the children were presented with an apron with the B.D.M.F logo by a representative from Give Where You Live to launch the College of Food Program.
The young people meet at the Cottage last week to talk about how they want to work together, to meet Katrine Juleff the Community Mentor (cooking teacher), learn about safety issues in the kitchen and to start thinking about what they want to cook for the Afternoon Tea Finale.
The College of Food kids from Forrest, Birregurra and Deans Marsh attended Lidgerwood Seeds. The young people learnt about different types of wheat and had a first hand instruction/demonstration of the flour mill. Thanks to Don and Rob Lidgerwood for the tour and your sponsorship (donated flour) to the College of Food Program.
Birregurra and Forrest
There was a joint activity with Birregurra and Forrest held on 2nd August at the Forrest Hall. The activity explored some of the social aspects of food security from a global perspective. The activity covered issues of poverty, inequity, and what it means to live in a food insecure place (Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan). The kids participated in a Global Food Banquet which involved an afternoon tea that explored the distribution of food to the world’s population.
The Global Food Banquet showed that food security is having sufficient and diversity of nutritious food to sustain healthy and active life for all people at all time. At the banquet the high income earners ate a variety of food yet they were not able to share their afternoon tea with the middle class (eating beans and rice) or the low income or poor (eating rice only).
For the previous two weeks the kids have been cooking in the kitchen at the Deans Marsh Hall. Feel free to try these recipes at home;