The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

The Wedge at 214 Park Avenue

Sunday, April 26, 2015

NCSU Applied Nutrition Students' Experience as Edible Art Instructors

My name is Allison Johanson and I am a recent intern at the Wedge Garden in Raleigh. I am a sophomore studying Applied Nutrition at NC State and was really looking for an opportunity to incorporate volunteering into my major. I came across the Wedge Garden, and learned about the WedgeConnect Program, they were looking to begin an edible art nutrition program with the youth from Haven House. 

My friend, Kelly Clute, and I were able to meet with a mentor and local nutritionist and blogger, Laura Schoenfeld.  Laura graciously offered her time to give us advice on how to go about the program, and what could make learning about fruits and vegetables more interesting. Our first workshop was on April 11 and went really well for the first try! We had 3 kids from Haven House.  and a Campbell Law School student volunteer with us creating skeletons out of celery, carrots, grapes, peppers, hummus, and oranges, It was fun to see the creativity and uniqueness they showed while building their craft. 

The support from Shamsa Visone from the Wedge Garden, a sponsorship by Francesco Visone for the vegetables, Haven House, and Laura has been so helpful in beginning this program and we hope that the Haven House kids enjoyed it as much as Kelly and I did. So far it has been a great experience. Our next workshop is May 16. If you are interested in getting involved or sponsoring a workshop, please contact shamsa.visone@gmail.com. We look forward to more workshops in the future!

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Francesco Visone (sponsor), Shamsa  Visone, Allison Johanson, & Kelly Clute

Laura Schoenfeld, MPH, RD