Free children’s cooking, gardening event July 24

By Haywood County Library | Jul 10, 2014

As part of Buy Haywood's 2014 Cooking Local Together project, Tina Masciarelli, Buy Haywood project coordinator, will facilitate a "Goodness Grows in Living Color" cooking class for parents and children at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Canton Branch Library. Masciarelli will be assisted by Melissa Rockett, of MountainWise, which works to strengthen the health of Western North Carolina communities.

The interactive class will focus on partnering colorful fruits and vegetables that contain essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients that work together to make nutritional synergy.  Participants will explore the essentials of nutritional synergy by creating a summer fruit salsa with farm-fresh Haywood County blueberries and other ingredients. 

Buy Haywood's Cooking Local Together project is funded by a grant from the Healthy Haywood Fitness Challenge — a program to improve physical activity and nutrition in Haywood County — Haywood Advancement Foundation and Bethel Rural Community Organization.

Following the cooking class, there will be an opportunity for children to learn about gardening with local Master Gardeners starting at 2:30 p.m. The Master Gardeners will teach kids how they can get involved in growing a garden. Parents and children will discover how much fun gardening can be as a family. Children will also learn where some of their food comes from by exploring the Giving Garden, a raised-bed vegetable garden located behind the Canton Branch Library.

The Giving Garden is an education-oriented joint initiative of the Haywood County Public Library, Haywood County Cooperative Extension Center, and the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program, and is supported by the Friends of the Library and the Master Gardener Volunteer Association.

For more information on this free cooking and gardening event for children, call the Canton Branch Library at 648-2924.




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