The kitchen at the Manhattan Country School Farm is central to our farm-based education program. Without meals, cooked from scratch by our students, all other work and play couldn’t happen. Without the well-balanced menu that is created and prepared throughout the day, our Farm community would be running on empty.
From their very first trip in the 7-8s, our students are involved in all stages of food preparation. Learning the proper use of kitchen tools, performing the math necessary to double or quadruple recipes, exploring food sciences and working cooperatively are just a few of many lessons learned. The work in the Farm kitchen is revisited and practiced during each Farm trip, culminating in a graduation meal prepared by each student. Working in partnership, and on their own, pairs of students create a meal using ingredients grown and raised on the MCS farm.
This week, students in Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Sur cooked for the Farm community. Dishes included chicken and broccoli stir fry, chili and cornbread, and honey-glazed chicken with sides of salted malt potatoes and pesto green beans. They researched the recipes, assembled the raw ingredients and timed the preparation to meet the schedule of dinner. Each meal was met with applause from classmates as they enjoyed each other's company and the hard work of friends.