Growing the Local Food Chain

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Engaging Youth in the Food Chain

Our “Growing the Local Food Chain in Missouri” project builds on Missouri Rural Crisis Center’s and Patchwork Family Farms existing local food framework by increasing the availability of healthy, family farm-raised food to all Missourians. This project is also focusing on educating urban and rural families about the health, economic, environmental, and social benefits of growing and eating locally produced food, while building unity among diverse groups to support Missouri’s family farmers and our local economies.

From our youth farm camps, cooking demonstrations and local food workshops–to the family farm policies we work for at the local, state and federal levels…

Our “Growing the Local Food Chain in Missouri” project is building a new generation of farmers who care about the land, and a new generation of consumers who care about how their food is raised!

So far, 1,402 youth, their families, and community members have participated in our farm camps, local food workshops, cooking demonstrations, and food justice events!

Gaby Patch Kids Cooking Collaborative

Local Sources for 2022 Summer Program

A shout out to Clovers Natural Market for helping us source local!

Cooking Program

The Gaby Patch Kids program is a collaboration between MRCC, Windsor Street Montesorri School, Chef Gaby, and Patchwork Family Farms.  The goal of the program is to create a safe, creative space where youth can use fresh local ingredients to make food for themselves and their family.  They learn cooking skills, knife handling and health and safety requirements.  They developed an appreciation for what they can do themselves with local ingredients to make delicious exciting food.

Gaby Patch Kids 2022 Summer Program Cooking Videos

Gaby Patch Kids Get Cooking!

Gaby Patch Kids Discover Real Chocolate

Gaby Patch Kids Show Off

Gaby Patch Kids Meet Rhonda from MRCC

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