La Cocina is a vital component of Re:Vision’s efforts in the Southwest part of Denver to establish community food systems and empower children and families to make healthy food choices. Built in 2015, La Cocina is a 750 square foot educational space including commercial grade appliances, equipment, ample storage and classroom space to support cooking, nutrition and food preservation classes for approximately 12 community members at a time.
Why La Cocina?
Even as Westwood residents begin to grow their own vegetables, preparing healthy complete meals remains a challenge. With fast-food chains on main street, and processed food on the, shelf, communities like Westwood have lost their connections to food. Also, as food is also traditionally at the heart of many community celebrations, there are few safe large spaces for convening friends and family.
How Can the Community Use La Cocina?
Take a Health and Nutrition Course, Taught by Community Leaders
Re:Vision is working with Ounce of Nutrition to offer several nutrition and healthy cooking courses throughout 2015 and beyond. First, community leaders (Promotoras and Conectoras) take the six week “train the trainer” courses in which they are trained not only in the subject matter of the course (Family Nutrition, Farm to Table, Cooking with Kids) but also trained in how to teach the course back to their community. Beginning in June, Promotoras are offering several of these six week courses back to the community, free of charge. Check out the calendar to sign up.
Take or Teach a One-Day Class
Re:Vision has also extended an invitation to the Westwood community and greater Denver area to teach courses and short-term classes on an area of their expertise – such as canning,yogurt making, healthy baking, or even just your favorite recipe you want to share with your neighbors. These courses are available to the community by the community, free of charge. Check out the calendar to sign up!