JW Middle School

John Witherspoon Middle School hosts an after-school seed-to-table program, JW Cooks, which teaches students how to grow and prepare food for themselves and their families. The PPS administration will transform it into a seed-to-table school-day food literacy class in January 2016!

Chef Michelle Fuerst and Master Gardener Priscilla Hayes created a stellar send-off menu for JW Cooks + Gardens students for the last class: salad from the school’s edible gardens, followed by frozen yogurt with gingersnaps! Students put their own spin on the yogurt – some used New Jersey’s Sweet Sourland Farms maple syrup, others used molasses and one made a vegan version with coconut milk. Students practiced knife skills by dicing candied ginger for their cookie dough. Thanks to everyone who makes this after-school program possible: our funders, McCaffrey’s Food Markets and Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund; Jason Burr, principal at JW and other administrators at Princeton Public Schools; Janet Gaudino, 8th grade science teacher and our advisor for the program; all our volunteers who ensured safety and empowerment for participants. Where would we be without each other?




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Students in JW Cooks+Gardens this week used garden greens they grew to make pasta-based dishes in their kitchens. With each kitchens’ members making decisions jointly, each pasta was different: One added homemade meatballs, another stuck with greens, another added both, and one made a lovely pasta fagioli. Thanks to Chef Michelle Fuerst; to Master Gardener Priscilla Hayes; to Janet Gaudino, our faculty advisor and 8th grade science teacher, to Jason Burr, principal, to all the volunteers who ensured kitchen safety and good practices and to McCaffrey’s Food Markets and Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund. Overheard: One student reporting to Chef Fuerst that she had already made parathas, which the class learned last week, for her entire family! These programs are changing the way children see themselves!
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Thrilled to report that JW Cooks+Gardens students made paratha with garden greens and radish raita to go along with cilantro chutney and red lentil dal in today’s after-school program. Chef Michelle Fuerst welcomed Gita Bakshi as guest demonstrator for the afternoon. JW Edible Gardens greens included Swiss chard, mint and spinach. Thanks to all our parent volunteers who assist and to McCaffrey’s Food Markets and Church & Dwight Employee Giving Fund for making this sense-sational (and delicious) learning possible.