VOCATIONAL CULINARY TRAINING (VoCul)

Culinary instruction for a meaningful career.

At The Good Acre, we take a holistic approach to solving critical gaps in the regional food system. When we first started selling local produce to area K-12 schools, we realized that logistics were only part of the problem.

To build successful and sustainable farm to school programs, we need to address a key barrier schools face in implementing scratch cooking in their kitchens—a shortage of skilled workers. By addressing the shortage of trained school chefs, we can grow a school’s capacity to make and serve nutritious scratch-made meals—a win for kids, a win for schools, and a win for the local food system.

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Program Goals

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Encourage more people to pursue culinary food service careers in schools
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Increase the number of healthy food options served and consumed in schools
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Enable schools to source more local produce for scratch cooking in their kitchens

How does the program work?

2020 will be the pilot year of our VoCul training program where participants will go through 10-weeks of a combination of hands-on and online training, followed by an internship at a partnering K-12 school kitchen. Participants will:

  • Be paid $15 an hour during training time
  • Participate in a combination of hands-on and online training, approximately 28 hours per week
  • Fulfill a 4-week internship commitment with one of our partner school districts
  • Receive support in obtaining a culinary food service job at the end of the program

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Meet Your Instructor

Lachelle Cunningham

CULINARY EDUCATION MANAGER

Lachelle is passionate about empowering people with the skills needed to create healthy and soulful food. She believes exposing kids to new foods is critical for helping them learn to make healthy choices that will last a lifetime.

For Participants

The program begins mid-October 2020! If you are interested in being a participant in this program please submit your application by August 15th.

For Partners

If you are a K-12 school interested in hiring skilled culinary workers or a community organization representing clients in need of employment, apply to be a partner.

Contact Us

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