Food literacy keeps summer school cool

nstructor Eric Schofield, left, helps students enrolled in a food literacy program at Britannia secondary school in Vancouver prepare lunch. Credit: Vancouver Sun

Instructor Eric Schofield, left, helps students enrolled in a food literacy program at Britannia secondary school in Vancouver prepare lunch. Credit: Vancouver Sun

Sept. 10, 2012

On a sunny weekday during the height of summer holidays, eight high school students turned a kitchen into a classroom.

The Grades 9 and 12 Britannia secondary students were taking an optional class on food literacy – how to cook food, think critically about the food system, handle a knife, grow vegetables, and even which fork to use for the salad course. The project is the brainchild of Eric Schofield, a University of B.C. student on his way to becoming a home economics teacher.

“I’m really big on hands-on learning,” Schofield said. He hopes to combine food studies with human geography in his teaching, as well as after-school tutoring with cooking classes.

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