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Hudson Students Celebrate Culinary Creativity

Final FeastOn Thursday, January 16th, a group of students from M.C. Smith Intermediate School in Hudson ended a seven-week exploration in food, nutrition and cooking with their celebratory Final Feast at Solaris, Camphill Hudson’s Center for the Arts.

Food Explorers is a weekly after-school program and a unique collaboration between Hawthorne Valley Farm Place-Based Learning Center, the Hudson City School District, and Camphill Hudson. Each week, students are bused to Solaris after school, where they don aprons, roll up their sleeves, and get to work. Using farm-fresh products, each week is devoted to learning how to create part of a meal – from appetizers to soup and on through dessert. Staff from Hawthorne Valley and the school district’s After School Program work with the students and are assisted by volunteers from Camphill Hudson.

The Final Feast celebrates all that the students have learned. Family members and special invited guests arrive at Solaris where they are warmly greeted and escorted downstairs to beautifully set tables. The students, in addition to having made all of the meal, act as wait staff, making sure all the participants are well cared for. Everything on the menu is local, seasonal, and made from scratch with loving care…even the butter is handmade!

Food Explorers Program Director Indigo Ocean says that “this effort is all about making connections – not only in connecting young people to the sourcing of foods and how to create nutritious and delicious meals from our local, seasonal bounty, but also in connecting three different organizations, all of whom care about the health and education of our county’s residents.”

To learn more about the Food Explorers program, visit the Hawthorne Valley Farm Place Based Learning website.

Click here to read the Register Star’s coverage of the event.