Cooking, and learning, and farming. Oh my!

Cooking class baby enjoying pumpkin for the very first time!

Cooking class baby enjoying pumpkin for the very first time!

October was busy with KinPark Family Drop-In’s cooking classes, fun farm activities, Halloween movies, and the Duncan Spooktacular event; all of which featured a variety of local ingredients from the Cowichan region and, of course, CGC’s very own KinPark Youth Urban Farm. Now it is time to get ready for November Drop-In fun!

The cooking classes are a great way to meet people, become acquainted with local produce, and, of course, learn some valuable cooking skills. Not to mention, the classes are free and each family gets to walk away with a yummy dish. In October, we cooked-up pumpkin tarts, tomato soup, and tromboncino squash noodles with pesto! These recipes all featured local ingredients that are grown just blocks away from downtown Duncan at the KinPark Youth Urban Farm.

For November, we will be making crepes, squash soup, sugar-free goodies, pasta sauces, onigiri, and miso soup. All of our November classes are full, but please contact Alyssa at 250-748-8506 to be put on the wait list. For more info on the cooking classes, join our Facebook group “Cowichan Family Cooking!”, or visit our website (see link below). These classes are free, for kids 5+. Bring your family and a container!

Justine with kids

YO Team Member, Justine, with her two kids peeling quince!

Out on the farm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Drop-In has been busy spreading soil, mulching and tidying beds, planting garlic, and composting at KinPark Youth Urban Farm! November will be full with even more farming activities, so bring your family, some boots, gloves, and of course a smile. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM – 11:30AM. It is a great opportunity to learn, grow, laugh, and have fun!

Fall treats and Halloween fun was also a big part of the Drop-In throughout October. From pureeing fresh pumpkins for tarts to watching a Halloween favorite at the Drop-Ins family free movie night, fall and Halloween was well celebrated. During Duncan’s Spooktacular, Drop-In staff and CGC’s Youth Outreach Team dressed up and handed out quince chips, made from local quince and processed at CGC’s commercial kitchen.

November will be full of other fun Drop-In activities, so make sure to keep up to date about KinPark Family Drop-in programming. Check out CGC’s website for the Drop-In schedule:
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