Convivium Urban Farmstead is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create community around food. We do that in a variety of different ways — through our restaurant, neighborhood gardens, special events and classes about gardening and cooking. To us, creating community around food also means providing access and education about healthy food choices to children and others who are struggling with food access and the adverse health affects of eating a diet of highly processed food.
Our adult classes are based on a cookbook called “Good and Cheap”. It was written by a nutrition PhD student as her thesis and includes thoughtful, healthy recipes that can be prepared for $4/day — the amount per day that you receive if you qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (it’s what used to be called ‘food stamps’). Our sessions last four weeks — three sessions of cooking and the final session students prepare a group meal and can invite a family member to attend. Ingredient costs for the class are $40 class and instruction and planning time is another $40 per student. Classes are capped at 10 students. Our youth classes involved fun recipes designed to expose children to different types of healthy whole foods, especially vegetables while also teaching children where food comes from. Our youth classes are six week session and supplies and ingredients is $60 student. However, this does not cover our planning and instruction time. If you added that in, our cost is $100 per student for the six week session. Classes are capped at 8 students.