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RHS Culinary Students Visit Oracle Park Garden
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Culinary students from Riverbank High School learned about the plants that are grown at the garden in San Francisco’s Oracle Park during a recent field trip. Photo Contributed

The foodies at Riverbank High School were off on an excursion this past week, hitting the garden at the Giants Oracle Park. Culinary Instructor Emily Cowdrey ventured off the school campus with about 30 culinary students to learn the very popular idea of farm to fork.

Cowdrey explained that the students learned that the garden at the stadium supports local farms and who the local merchants in San Francisco are when they strolled over to the Ferry Building. They made Rainbow Ribbon Salad and Plant Parts Pizza as part of the working field trip.

“We saw all the local merchants and products from around the area,” added Cowdrey. “We went around to the different shops to taste and explore.”

The Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco has the following mission statement: “We are very committed to the artisan food community and to fostering the values of that community here at the Ferry Building. We envision the Ferry Building Marketplace as a vibrant gathering of local farmers, artisan producers, and independently owned and operated food businesses and the customers they serve. We’ve created a community of like-minded people to support our mission and key goals.”

The field trip lasted only a few hours but the feedback from the students was positive and the students all had a good time.

“They (students) did great,” expressed Cowdrey. “They were a great bunch and really active participants in what we were doing. It was nice to go there and see the connection to what we are learning in our classroom. We have a garden as well and it’s nice to see one that is more established.”

This is the third year that Cowdrey has taken her culinary class on a field trip to Oracle Park She noted it may also have been the last, because the garden is currently under re-construction and will be much smaller.

“This is one they should go on just to be able to see some of the gardens in other places,” Cowdrey said of the students taking the trip. “Especially since what we learn is centered around that.”

The students were able to experience a beautiful day cooking at the park, according to Cowdrey.

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During a field trip earlier this month that the RHS Culinary class took, they learned how to make a plant pizza, working at Oracle Park in San Francisco. Photo Contributed