Apple Seeds Hosts Ribbon Cutting for New Teaching Kitchen

FAYETTEVILLE, AR – Apple Seeds, a local education non-profit, will host a ribbon cutting and celebration for its new Teaching Kitchen located at the Apple Seeds Teaching Farm in Gulley Park, Fayetteville. The celebration takes place on Friday, May 11th beginning at 5pm with a formal presentation at 6pm.

The Teaching Kitchen, a 1,200 square foot space, was built with the support from dozens of community volunteers. Once a woodshop used by Allen “Sonny" Dunn, a well-loved community member, the space was retrofitted into a Teaching Kitchen in 2017. Now the space is outfitted with cooking stations for students, a commercial dishwasher, pantry, a produce wash station and space enough for 30 students to cook and enjoy their meal together.

“The Teaching Kitchen is a one-of-a kind space that serves a critical need in our community,” says Mary Thompson, Co-Director Apple Seeds.“Nearly 50% of our state’s youth consumes less than one serving a day of fruits and vegetables. We need to equip our youth with skills and tools and inspire them to eat healthier. And what better place to do that than on a farm and inside a kitchen designed for them.” Apple Seeds hosts a variety of educational programs in its Teaching Kitchen, notably its Farm to Table cooking class that builds enthusiasm around fruits & vegetables and empowers students with the skills and desire to prepare healthy food. 

The Teaching Kitchen is located at the Apple Seeds Teaching Farm, a beautiful 2 acres of land at Gulley Park that the City of Fayetteville has leased to Apple Seeds until the year 2035. The Teaching Farm at Gulley Park is a place for students to garden, learn, cook, share healthy meals together and be inspired to do the same in their kitchens.

The construction of the Teaching Kitchen was financially supported by Birds Eye, Clif Bar, Clorox Company Foundation, Kelly & Marti Sudduth, New Century Counter Tops, Inc., The Chobani Foundation, The Grainger Foundation, and United Way of Northwest Arkansas. 

Special guests at the ribbon cutting include Mayor Lioneld Jordan, Doug Prichard, and members of the Dunn family. 

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 reached nearly 7,000 students in 2017 through its programs. Apple Seeds provides a variety of programs, including Farm Lab, Farm to Table cooking classes, Food Ambassadors, Cooking in the Schools and school garden workshops. For more information visit www.appleseedsnwa.org.

Kyra Ramsey