This is our third annual fundraiser for Gaining Resources and Opportunities for Work (GROW) and we couldn’t be more inspired. GROW trains young adults transitioning out of the foster care and probation system how to cook with fresh food, educates them on personal health and wellness, and prepares them for meaningful work in the culinary field. It is part of the award winning non-profit Beyond Emancipation and you can find their website HERE.
If you would like to support this fundraiser we are selling our Ginger-Peach bar soap for $8 and donating all of the proceeds to GROW. This scent is only available during this fundraiser March 1st-31st 2017.
Last week we came by to say hi and meet the current cohort of artisans. Here are some of our photos from the visit.
The program is 12 weeks and over 200 hours of class room/kitchen instruction and the has 100% success rate for graduates passing the California Food Handlers Certificate of Achievement.
My favorite thing about GROW is that not only do the participants learn how to cook healthy meals for themselves from scratch and the kitchen skills required for a career in the kitchen, they give up eating processed food throughout the 12 weeks so that their taste buds heal and become excited by the more subtle flavors and scents of the fresh foods and herbs they cook with.
“The difference between good food and delicious food is how much love you put in the process” Sarah Germany, Chef and instructor at GROW (pictured right).
GROW is partnered with culinary experts, community gardeners, and small business leaders. Upon graduations the artisans are placed in an internship at a local restaurant so that they can get work experience.
We did our first fundraiser for GROW the same year they were starting out and we're thrilled to see them expand and well... grow. They are now hosting three cohorts a year!
If you'd like to read more about why we chose to donate to GROW you can find the blog post I wrote last year HERE.