Our Mission is Education for All Ages
We live in a time that has a lot to think about (and digest) when it comes to the future of our planet. The kids will inherit the humans’ challenges of assisting and protecting our “blue” planet and hopefully children will grow their young minds full of questions and curiosity, to even more discoveries for our world and helpful ways to assist nature in her balance. Here is a great resource to get those young minds exploring:
At the Craft Table
It’s the “New Year” for us, but not for all. Here are some fun lanterns to make for the Chinese New Year, happening on Monday, February 8th.
Bring more color to the El Nino season, after letting your hands create these stars. Here are step by step photos that will help you create stars of your own from origami paper or “kite” paper. It is important the paper be square.
Here is an example of the star, made with kite paper (additional art added to front of star).
And stars made with decorated origami papers.
Parents- Kite paper can be purchased here.
At the Craft Table
Cute ideas for repurposing last year’s (and previous years’) calendar.
In the Kitchen
Here are some cool substitutions for sugar that will get your household less dependent on highly processed sugar, and bring more unique flavors in.
Check out this recipe using two alternatives for sugar.
Food of Love Teen Cooking Program
Check out this mini-documentary about the Food of Love Teen’s Cooking Program, made by Pacific Union College Film students.
The Food of Love is always open to new teens interested in cooking and making a difference. Teens can join in on this cooking project of The St. Helena Hospital and Napa Valley Youth Advocacy community group, after school on Tuesdays and during the summer to help "Food of Love" cook for St. Helena Hospital's cancer patients. Teen Volunteers are needed for set-up and cooking from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. and with clean-up from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If interested in volunteering contact Tom Amato.
If any kids or families are interested in donating fruits/veggies for this program, or have fruits/veggies that can be gleaned by volunteers, please contact Amanda Tuttle, Market Educator. Teens just may find Market Educator Amanda Tuttle there, helping with the cooking and teaching and Market Manager, Ed Smith, who often wraps up for the evening with clean up.
Sample of 2015 Educational Programs completed at the Market or in the Classroom.
December: “The Gift of Gourds.” Working with Art and Sciences Teacher Stephanie Zuntz, Amanda presented a variety of gourds, and discussed the variety of uses for gourds from tool to art with Pathway Students. The kids turned their "bottle-neck" gourds into adorable snowmen.
October: “Oaks and Acorns” with students from The Young School, in Crane Park’s Oak Grove. This program was a blend of nature connection, storytelling, an informative slide show, and hands-on stations where kids will crack, shell, winnow, and grind acorn into flour and taste acorn biscuits. Led by Market Educator, (and Nature Mentor) Amanda Tuttle.
September-October 2015: “Color Me Healthy”.Classrooms from St. Helena's Elementary and Catholic Schools shopped the market. Students were on “color teams” where they shopped for green, red, orange/yellow, purple/blue and brown/white and brought back a beautiful array of fruits and vegetables to the “Harvest Color Wheel.” The teams then shared the health benefits of their color with the Classes, Teachers, Parents and Market Educator, Amanda.
May 2015: "A Bee in the Hive Community".Our Market Beekeeper, Jim Foster, Meadowmont Farm brought his viewing hive and taught S.H. Catholic School Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders about the lives and many jobs of different bees in the hive.
January 2015: "Oaks and Acorns with the First People," with Fourth Grade Classrooms at St. Helena Elementary. This program was a blend of nature connection in an oak grove, storytelling, an informative slide show, and hands-on stations where kids pounded acorn into flour and made acorn biscuits.
And in favorite things, we have listed:
Local Chefs/Food Writers recently featured in the market's Book-Signing Program
Websites that will give you food for thought!
And for the "Movie Buffs", take a trip down memory lane and watch one of the great movies shown at past market "Movie Fundraisers".