This week, campers at The Orchard were treated to cooking classes by Carl Heinrich, renowned Top Chef Canada and owner of Richmond Station. Carl took the students outside to tour the garden and collect fresh herbs before bringing them inside to their “station” set-ups: washing herbs, making ice tea and cutting vegetables for a pasta salad. Students set up a cafe environment in the school’s gymnasium to enjoy their lunch with Chef Heinrich after their toils in the kitchen. Introducing students aged 2-15 years to sustainable food practice is a key component of our curriculum at both The Orchard Montessori and The Orchard Lyceum. Growing, preparing and eating healthy, nutritious food is a way to ground our senses, nourish our bodies and bring us together in community with the plants and animals we share the earth with. It’s vital that we make these connections with children at a young age and continue to foster these ideas as they grow. Richmond Station shares a similar ethos and a kindred appreciation for life. We are so grateful to Carl for making time for a visit.
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