SAGE “Cook to Grow” aims to reconnect young people to food

SAGE has been awarded a grant from Love Food Hate Waste through the NSW Environmental Trust to run community cooking workshops. The Cook to Grow workshops will provide local food cooking classes for 17 to 26-year-olds from the Eurobodalla.

Cook to Grow will teach young people practical, hands-on skills in healthy food planning, sourcing and storing, as well as preparing and cooking fresh locally grown produce. Participants will benefit from these easy adopted food waste avoidance skills to enjoy food and save time and money while reducing environmental impact.

They will be encouraged to think about where their food comes from and the impacts of its consumption. The workshops will include trips to the SAGE Farmers Market and local whole foods store.

“Young people have been identified as being vulnerable to unhealthy food choices due to limited cooking skills. As the result, they consume mostly ready made, processed and junk food, and generate a high level of food waste” said SAGE Cook to Grow Coordinator, Sandra Makdessi. The project aims to lay good food foundations in food literacy, meal planning, selective purchasing, cooking real food, and generally better health and wellbeing. We want to inspire young people to prepare healthy meals at home, to connect with their local food communities and to make informed food choices” said Ms Makdessi.

The Love Food Hate Waste program aims to raise awareness of food waste in NSW and provide support to NSW households and businesses with easy to adopt avoidance tips and skills to enjoy nutritious food and reduce the amount of good food being sent to landfill. The program is run by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and delivered in partnership with NSW businesses, not-for-profit organisations, local councils and community groups who share a commitment to reducing food waste.

Cook to Grow workshops will mainly take place in Moruya at Red Door Café, with visits to the SAGE Garden, farmers market and local food suppliers. Each workshop will only take a maximum of eight participants to ensure everyone benefits from the hands on cooking and preparation experience – running for six sessions. We’d love to offer this to eight groups.

For details – contact Sandra on 0439 032 038 or email

This project is supported by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

One Reply to “SAGE “Cook to Grow” aims to reconnect young people to food”

  1. Heather Wright says:

    I’m a teacher at Moruya High and have a year 10 Student who may be interested in the Sage program Cook to Grow. Can you please let me know if this program will run again this year.

    Thank you

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