Today the Master Gardeners of San Mateo and San Francisco Counties offered a free workshop at Redwood High School in Redwood City, California called “Harvesting and Cooking with Broccoli and Kale, Plant ID, Recipes with UCCE Nutrition Program Representatives.” Redwood High has a beautiful school garden, which is in part managed by the Master Gardener volunteers in exchange for mixed use of the space. In the workshop we had a great chance to tour the school garden (which also includes chickens!), to learn new ways to teach nutrition education, and to get gardening tips from the Master Gardener Volunteers. We started the day in the classroom by learning how to cook a broccoli and a kale recipe with kids as well as cooking management tips in the classroom. After trying the recipe out ourselves and sampling them, we headed out to the garden for a plant identification activity. With partners we each had a laminated card with a vegetable name/image on the front and its nutritional breakdown on the back. After sharing the results we concluded the day with a chance to harvest from the school garden, to view the chicken coop in the back, and to take seedlings and seed packets home. They also provided participants with remay (row cover) fabric to protect garden plants as well as a goodie bag to take back to our school. It was a great Saturday morning out and I look forward to tryings some of these new activities out in our school garden. A big thank you to the Master Gardeners who volunteered their time and knowledge today. Do check out their website for upcoming workshops in the Spring as well as for resources. The next course is on March 9, 2013.