Cooperative Extension’s Junior Chefs Visit Chatham County Farms

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Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

Junior Chefs help farmer Cathy Jones harvest broccoli at Perry-winkle Farm

Junior Chefs help farmer Cathy Jones harvest broccoli at Perry-winkle Farm

Chatham County Cooperative Extension runs a popular Junior Chefs Cooking Camp every summer where kids ages 8-12 spend a week learning to prepare and cook food. There are four one-week sessions led by Family & Consumer Science Agent Phyllis Smith. In 2014 Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos teamed up with Phyllis to provide an on-farm experience for the Junior Chefs to improve their knowledge and awareness of local food production. Each week Debbie took the kids to a different farm where they would meet the farmer and learn about crop and livestock production. At the end the kids would purchase vegetables, herbs, beef, chicken, eggs, and dairy to cook with during the week! 

We visited the following farms:

Update on 2-25-15: all sessions of the 2015 Junior Chefs Cooking Camp are full. Contact Phyllis Smith to be added to an email list for the 2016 Junior Chef camps.

View a slide show of the Junior Chefs farm visits. (Click on the first photo then click on icon in the bottom right of the screen if you want to enlarge the photo.)