MEDIA ALERT September 25, 2017 For Immediate Release FAYETTEVILLE, AR – Apple Seeds, a local education non-profit, is partnering with NWA schools to host Cooking In the Schools, a series of cooking classes hosted in local schools. These cooking classes are designed to build familiarity with vegetables and encourage fun in the kitchen. Some of the produce for the cooking classes is grown at the Apple Seeds Teaching Farm and serves as the main ingredients in the recipe. During the 45-minute cooking class, students learn how to prepare a simple, healthy recipe and learn the importance of nutrition in their food choices. The students receive recipes to take home and have the option to take home a bag of ingredients to make the full recipe at home. Cooking in the Schools, a program initially funded by The Walmart Foundation, began in the Spring 2017 and quickly reached nearly 1,000 students. “It was really exciting to see so many schools interested in this program,” said Mary Thompson, Co-Executive Director, Apple Seeds. “But even more exciting was the result. Last spring, students reported a 44% increase in willingness to try fresh fruits and vegetables, and 80% of the students reported making the Apple Seeds recipe on their own.” This Fall The Walmart Foundation and The Clorox Company Foundation are supporting Cooking in the Schools. Apple Seeds’ goal is to reach more than 2,000 students this year—to equip them with cooking skills and provide them with hands-on nutrition education in a fun environment. The media is invited to attend the upcoming Cooking in the Schools class: Sonora Middle School 17051 US-412, Springdale, AR 72764 Room 512 Thursday September 28, 2017 9:45-10:20AM or 11:15-11:50 AM ABOUT APPLE SEEDS For 10 years Apple Seeds has been serving Northwest Arkansas. In that time the organization has made great strides, positively impacting the community—student surveys show improved attitudes toward healthy food and heightened knowledge of nutrition. Apple Seeds provides a variety of programs, including Farm Lab, Farm to Table cooking classes, Cooking in the Schools, and school garden workshops. For more information visit www.appleseedsnwa.org. # # # If you would like more information, please contact Kyra Ramsey by phone or email: 847.736.1633 | firstname.lastname@example.org.