Dirt made my lunch, Dirt made my lunch. Thank you Dirt, thanks a bunch, For my salad, my sandwich My milk and my munch 'cause Dirt, you made my lunch.
Dirt is a word that we often use, When we're talkin' about the earth beneath our shoes. It's a place where plants can sink their toes; In a little while a garden grows.
A farmer's plow will tickle the ground, You know the earth has laughed when wheat is found. The grain is taken and flour is ground, For making a sandwich to munch on down.
A stubby green beard grows upon the land, Out of the soil the grass will stand. But under hoof it must bow, For making milk by way of a cow.
I learned this song last summer at our Dirt To Dine Summer Camp. Before the kids went onto the farm they sang this song with the farm educators and they loved it. Well, we are getting ready for camp again, this summer we are doing three one week sessions in Napa. We have a new web page describing how it all works right here.
A few weeks ago My partners and I held a one day Dirt to Dine event at Frogs Leap Winery. Here is how it went: The kids got to tour the garden, get fresh eggs, study bees and chickens. They chopped, whipped, squeezed, emulsified, baked and sauteed
while and working with Michael Chiarello and myself in the kitchen. We wound up with a Spanish torta, granola, honey lemonade, herbed homemade mayonnaise and the kids served a huge feast for all the parents.
They also left with fresh eggs, granola and a jar of mayonnaise each.
Dirt-to-Dine Adventures are farm and garden-centered, hands-on adventure camps where children create all aspects of the foods they cook and eat, from milking goats and making cheese and butter, to caring for chickens and harvesting free-range eggs, to grinding wheat into flour, preserving fruit and growing vegetables. Each day of the program starts with animal care, farm chores, sustainable farming and gardening, and leads to cooking from the foods just harvested. I am a founding member along with renowned Napa Valley Chef Michael Chiarello and his wife, Eileen, Marie Sayles and the Connolly Ranch in Napa, California.
As a Certified Green business owner who teaches healthy cooking classes to kids, it seemed only natural for Michelle to join the blogging world. What's Cooking Blog shares the musings of a kids' cooking teacher, recipes, tips on cooking with kids, ideas for how to make meal planning easier for families, and how to do community service through food and cooking. We also occasionally promote eco-friendly products and services that relate to food and parenting.
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