Community Engagement

 

Plant to Plate Program

The Plant to Plate Internship Program is Anaviv’s non-profit that mentors, empowers, and prepares high school students from the Richmond area to advance their employment opportunities through training in organic gardening and the culinary arts. Our interns learn how to grow organic food from seed to harvest, and how to cook and serve it – while developing essential job and life skills. As an integral part of our program, Anaviv chefs, local culinary experts, and community members voluntarily share their professional wisdom and life experiences. Our interns thus begin to develop a professional network as they benefit from the guidance and wisdom of these mentors.

The Plate to Plate curriculum includes growing and cooking food, resume writing, interview skills, communicating with potential employers, performance evaluations, and basic money management. Interns are challenged to learn and hone a wide range of transferable skills such as time management, problem solving, teamwork, taking initiative, punctuality, responsibility, communicating with others, and self-regulation / stress management strategies.

The program consists of 2-3 hour sessions, twice per week, over the course of the academic year (Oct-April). Classes are held in an urban garden and in a professional kitchen. Our interns demonstrate their learning by hosting a Plant to Plate graduation ceremony and celebration at the conclusion of the program. Students grow the plants, prepare the menu, cook the meal, and serve the food for this event, as they and their families are honored for their hard work and achievement.

The program is led by Kelli Barram, a Master Gardener and Garden Education Instructor, and Arnon Oren, master chef and owner of Oren’s Kitchen and Anaviv Catering and Events.

Edible Schoolyard Project

“Lunch is an Academic Subject”

Alice Waters has a vision for school lunch in America, that every child can receive a free, organic, prepared-from-scratch meal for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. Her vision is that lunch will be an academic subject for every student, taught through a hands-on curriculum in school gardens and teaching kitchens. Anaviv has partnered with Alice Waters to help make this vision a reality for every child in school in California. The “Lunch is an Academic Subject” event is a great way to get your company involved in this incredible project. The event consists of a beautiful lunch for up to 500 people, an inspiring talk from Alice Waters, and a pathway for your employees and company to be a part of this vision.