Summer Internship Program

This summer I had the pleasure of supervising our garden and cooking internship program. We had a total of 5 paid student interns, thanks to Oscar Blackwell from the Contra Costa County Office of Education’s Youth Development Services (funded by the Workforce Development Board).

Audrey and Anthony

Cooking lesson for Monument Crisis Center Youth Summer Camp

Audrey Cooking

Audrey was an excellent Chef! Look at her watermelon chopping skills!

Patrick Oliver, environmental science and sustainable tourism teacher (Sustainable Hospitality Pathway) lead the garden program along with his garden assistant Peter Nobles. This summer’s garden crop includes: tomatoes, peppers (from bell to spicy hot!), squash (ready for fall), sunflowers, peaches, roses, basil, kale and more!

garden summer 2013

Patrick Oliver, managing the summer garden plot

Patrick Oliver and Chef Cindy giving a tour of the summer garden

Back in the kitchen, we kept our interns busy with the following events and activities:

  • Contra Costa Mayors Healthy Cookoff Challenge in Todos Santos Plaza and the first Annual Alameda County Mayors Healthy Cookoff in Dublin.
  • Monument Crisis Center Youth Summer Camp Cooking Classes (ages 6-12)
  • Kaiser PermanenteĀ “Dinner with the Doc” program
  • Cooking Matters Promotores Graduation Dinner
  • Recipe Testing for the Fat Chance Cookbook (coming out in December!!)

Enjoying dinner at the Kaiser “Dinner with the Doc” cooking class


Ingredients for Kaiser cooking class!






What a fantastic group of interns: Anthony, Audrey, Jessica, Monee, and Jennifer!

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