Community Education provides hands-on, modularized, community-responsive food growing and cooking education programming for youth, adults, and seniors designed to increase food production and culinary-related education and self-sufficiency. Programs integrate STEAM components (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) focusing on local and seasonal food to provide a deeper understanding of the food system.
Garden Education programming is designed to increase interest in sustainable food production, improve self-sufficiency through food access, and support community organizing and community capacity. Activities in this program engages youths to seniors in skill building that supports sustainable food-growing and production practices, environmental consciousness, and improved food self-sufficiency.
Supporting Community Gardens
Community gardens are a welcoming and inclusive place for individuals, groups, and families to grow healthy, affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. By providing access to urban agriculture in the heart of Omaha neighborhoods, the gardens help families improve their food security and self-sufficiency while building and maintaining a sense of community. We connect neighbors and groups to resources to support the development and growth of community gardens.
Community Nutrition education provides hands-on cooking education programming for all ages that centers on local, seasonal and healthy eating. Individuals learn skills such as nutrition, teamwork, culinary career education, and food-safety-focused cooking education. This program covers an array of activities including cooking demonstrations, tastings, and classes that support culinary-related education and self-sufficiency.
Cooking Demos & Tastings
NMEP provides nutrition education to multi-generational audiences in community places like libraries, afterschool organizations, schools and churches. The education sessions feature local, seasonal and garden fresh foods while supporting development of self-sufficiency skills. Tastings are available to introduce the community to provide access and opportunity to try new plant-based, healthy foods.
STEAM Education & Food Systems
Science, Tech, Engineering, Art & Math
Culinary and garden programming is integrated with science, technology, engineering, art, and math components that support interest and self-sufficiency in STEAM, culinary, and gardening skills. Participants will learn about food systems through STEAM, problem-solving or information-gathering projects, farm tours, food system professional interviews, and other creative and skill-building activities.
Culinary Certificate Program
No More Empty Pots 8-week Culinary Certificate Program provides hands-on skills based on-the-job culinary training for individuals currently working in the industry that want to sharpen and grow skills.
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Activity Kits & Workshops
Activity Kits provide meaningful food systems and STEAM education lessons with a fun twist. The theme of each kit, specially curated by our team of community educators, is brought to life through engaging educational content, recipe cards and ingredients, and hands-on activities for participants to experience from wherever they are.
Join us for a single or 4-part series workshop on a variety of topics that include hands on activities for all ages! Learn new skills such as culinary basics, dive into healthy lifestyles or even learn indigenous and organic food growing techniques.
COMMUNITY ED EVENTS & ACTIVITIES
Youth ages 6 – 18 can enjoy birthday activities including a science experiment in making ice cream, pizza where they use fresh dough and choose their own ingredients, cookies that they decorate like art, or a custom party that they create!
Community Ed Virtual Activities
Check out a collection of culinary, garden & ag, and STEAM activities that you can do from home! Learn skills, create tasty recipes, and explore science through videos, downloads and more.