Good Food In Action: Chef Instructor – Olivewood Gardens, National City, CA

“Good Food in Action” profiles a food-based non-profit and highlights a current “culanthropy” (culinary volunteer) opportunity within in the organization. These posts are great for CulinaryCorps alumni looking to engage after a trip as well as cooks/chefs/culinary students who want to get involved in their community.

Here’s this week’s pick:

Organization/Program: Olivewood Gardens

Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteer Chef Instructor

Location: National City, California

Start Date: Flexible

Time Commitment:  Flexible

Organization Overview:

Olivewood Gardens is a unique 6.85-acre property and is a destination primarily for students and families from underserved communities.  We are a team of mostly volunteers including chefs and food professionals that donate their time to teach hands-on cooking classes and master gardeners, scientists, and educators that volunteer as field instructors to teach gardening classes.

Volunteer Overview:

Olivewood Gardens provides standards-based in science and nutrition education, lessons in sustainable agriculture, and environmental stewardship.  At Olivewood Gardens children and parents explore connections between plants, history, science, art, literature, math, and nutrition where learning is centered within the context of organic gardens and a demonstration kitchen.  Fruits and vegetables are grown and harvested for nutrition classes, cooking demonstrations, and environmental education workshops.  Learning is centered within the context of organic gardens and a kitchen.

To Apply:  Fill out their online volunteer application or contact Michelle Cox, Education Program Coordinator at

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