Fall Cooking Program Registration Time!

It’s that time of year again … Fall Registration! Time to start preparing for some tasty treats and hearty fall food in our Creative Chefs with Caregiver and Gourmet Veggies Programs. Registration starts on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at 7 am! 

You can check out more information on our cooking programs here.

For registration information check out the City of Toronto’s FUN Guide Registration webpage.

We also have a free Youth Vegetarian Cooking workshop happening on Saturday, September 30th, 2017. Youth can learn about cooking great vegetarian recipes while helping us prepare for Harvest Fest on Sunday, Oct. 1st, 2017! Please note you must register for this program through the City’s FUN Guide Registration process. For more information check out our cooking programs page.

We look forward to cooking with you this Fall!

We’re Officially a Case Study!

Very interesting news! The Ontario Association of Architects has chosen the Children’s Teaching Kitchen as a case study on sustainable design. There’s a lovely write-up on their website about the Kitchen and some great photos from throughout the construction, even some we don’t have ourselves. 

Under the tab “Light | Air” you’ll see a lovely shot with almost the full interior visible. We’re wondering where they’ve managed to stash all the stuff! It’s a lovely photo and shows off what a beautiful building it really is, but to be honest … we really do think it looks better like this:

20140516_092838Peas growing in the window, waterproof smocks for the little ones to help with dishes, an awesome dehydrator donated by a co-worker, an all important coffee maker and solar ovens stashed above the cabinets … plus cool stuff like this:

20140516_092133 Make for an amazing  space for our students and campers to learn and grow (by the way the above is part of a wasp’s nest and those are carrots in the background 🙂 ).

Join Us For Doors Open This Weekend!

We are very excited to say that the High Park Children’s Teaching Kitchen will be a part of this years Doors Open Event on Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th.

Want to know how a kitchen can be built out of straw? Curious about our solar panels and green roof? Stop by and take a tour. Plus (as always!) we’ll have a few fun activities for the kids during your visit!

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Don’t forget … High Park is definitely the place to be for Doors Open! Along with the Teaching Kitchen you can also check out Colborne Lodge Museum, The High Park Nature Centre’s new home – the Forest School plus as a special treat (one that rarely ever happens) … the High Park Production Greenhouses will be open for tours.

So make a day of it here in High Park and explore your urban wilderness!

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Still Time To Register for Winter Cooking Programs!

Looking for something fun for your kids to do this winter? How about learning to cook? We’re talking about real cooking with fresh veggies and whole foods! The Children’s Teaching Kitchen is a cozy and inspiring place to learn. The Kitchen is located next to the High Park Children’s Garden and is fully equipped with the tools and ingredients your child will need to create yummy, healthy recipes.

We have spaces still available for the winter Kids Cooking With Veggies Program. Sign Up with through the City of Toronto’s FUN Guide online, by phone or by heading over to your local Rec Centre.

Kids Veggie Cooking
Date: Saturday afternoons starting January 10th (2675990)
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Duration:  9 weeks (No Class Saturday, January 17h)
Ages:  8-12
Cost: $128.00

Green Energy Doors Open

Because we don’t have enough to do for Harvest Fest weekend … we thought we’d sign up for Green Energy Doors Open on Saturday, October 4th, 2014! In actual fact it’s rather handy as we’ll already be at the Children’s Teaching Kitchen. We’ll be cooking up a storm with our Youth Cooking Program and prepping the Free Harvest Lunch for Harvest Fest on Sunday.

We’ll be hosting a little open house at the Children’s Teaching Kitchen between 2 and 5 pm. Feel free to stop by and learn more about our new photovoltaic system and the straw bale construction of the Kitchen. Please note … if you feel the need to volunteer for a bit and help us clean up after the cooking program … I’m pretty sure we won’t argue 😉

Local environmental group Green 13 is also hosting a tour of the green energy projects in the surrounding area finishing off here at the Kitchen. Check out their website for more information or to sign-up for the tour.

Green Energy Doors Open – Open House Information

Date: Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Time: 2 – 5 pm
Location: Children’s Teaching Kitchen, click here for directions

For more information about our green energy systems check out our story – Interview With A Solar Wagon.

An Interview with a Solar Wagon

Patience is a virtue. If it doesn’t work the first time, try and try again. There is a reason why some of these old adages still ring true today. Patience and a willingness to keep trying is why the Children’s Teaching Kitchen is here today. It’s also the reason why it has beautiful shiny new solar (photovoltaic) panels adorning the south-facing side of the roof!

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After a few false starts trying to get our panels installed last year our wonderful friends at the Toronto Renewable Energy Office came to the rescue. The Teaching Kitchen is now part of a group of City buildings with new solar arrays (multiple panels) that are part of the Ontario Power Authority’s MicroFit Program. This program allows people with smaller arrays of solar panels to sell the electricity they produce back to Toronto or Ontario Hydro. For more details on this program follow the link. Some of the other buildings include our friends at Warden Hilltop Community Centre, Edithvale Community Centre, Nielson Park Creative Centre, EMS Station 33 and York Civic Centre.

We’re excited to have our panels up and running! We’re also working away on new programs to help school groups and community members learn more about renewable energy.

For more information on how the solar panels work check out the final installment of our Teaching Kitchen Saga – A Sunny Epilogue, an interview with a Solar Wagon.

You can also check out a video of the solar panel installation by clicking here.

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Not to worry we have a toasty warm Kitchen!

For those of you with children in our programs for the next day and a half please note we have taken the weather into consideration for program plans. Please ensure you dress your children for the weather as they will be outside for brief moments but the majority of activities will happen indoors.

Remember layers, wool and fleece are your friends 😉 (also remember that too many layers of socks just make winter boots too tight and will make feet colder not warmer!).

Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun …

The sun shines down on the Children’s Garden here in High Park – A LOT! It’s one of the main reasons why our garden grows so well (and dries out so quickly 🙂 ). In the past the spot our Garden now grows upon was once a large parking lot and picnic shelter. This means that the space around the Garden and Teaching Kitchen has few trees to block out all that lovely sunshine.

When we built the Children’s Teaching Kitchen it was always in the plans to include solar panels as a clean, renewable source of energy. Unfortunately it was just a little too far out of our budget range at the time. Fortunately this year we have the opportunity to install those all important solar panels and we couldn’t be happier! Yay! Woo hoo!

The building permit is now posted:

Building PermitAnd the panels will be put in place and connected to the power grid around the middle of next week. They will sit across the south facing roof which is perfectly (or almost perfectly) aligned to collect plenty of sunshine.

Teaching KitchenNot that you can tell from today’s weather (and yes I may have had a little too much fun with the filter settings on our camera. But the clouds in this shot are just too cool)!

We are so excited about installing our solar panels that I’m even posting a picture of the back of our building permit 😀 :

Building Permit from BehindWe hope to figure out a way to record how much energy is being produced by our panels. We’re aiming to have something posted regularly on our website to keep everyone updated.

So stay tuned for the epilogue to our Children’s Teaching Kitchen Story – From CaterpillarTo Butterfly!

And the sun shone down upon the High Park Kingdom …