Eden Games: a summer sustainability camp in the city

Eden Games: a summer sustainability camp in the city


A summer camp devoted to sustainability and local food will turn the Hunger Games upside down this summer.

Kids in Nashville will have a chance to visit local farms, help set up and run farmers’ markets and spend time hiking and playing in nature at Good Food for Good People’s summer camp.

The Eden Games—a week-long summer camp headquartered at Good Food for Good People for four weeks in June—will focus on showing kids in Nashville how much abundance and beauty surrounds them.

“Eden Games has been in the works for years. We finally have completed our teaching kitchen and gardens and can properly host a complete camp for local children,” said Sean Siple, managing partner of Good Food for Good People.  “Along with our trained staff, campers at Eden Games can expect guest instructors specializing in movement, art, botany, culinary fun and even some deep ecology. Sustainability summer camp might be another name for what is going on here.”

The camp is being organized by three Good Food team members;  Kiah Gibian, Lauren Peterson and Ellie Early.

“We’ll be looking at how communities support themselves and food is huge part of that,” said Gibian.

The schedule will include a day touring a local farm and then cooking food bought there, setting up and running a local farmer’s market and nature hiking with time for reflection on how all things are connected. The week will end with a community meal for campers and their friends and family.

“We want to do an entire camp devoted to sustainability and the environment—to get a group of children educated and excited about this new local food movement in Nashville,” Gibian said.

In keeping with Good Food’s mission to make local food and educational opportunities affordable for all families, the camp will offer a sliding scale.

“Our commitment to access for all is really evident in the creative sliding scale set for this year’s summer camp.  Here is an 8a.m. to 5p.m. camp, including breakfast, lunch and snacks  and the tuition is capped at $225 a week,” Siple said. “It’s amazing what we can do when community members all pull together.”

The Details:

The Arena:

The Love Building, 4611 Alabama Ave. Nashville, TN

The Ages:


The Dates:

June 2-June 27

(Camp will run for each full week in June. Choose the week you want to attend)

The Days:

Monday-Friday from 8a.m to 5p.m.

The Cost:

$225 a week – sliding scale scholarships available

The Activities:

Gardening, nature hikes, farm visits, yoga, market visits, eating together

For more information:




Volunteers can barter for food, other goods with Good Money

Volunteers can barter for food, other goods with Good Money

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Volunteering for a shift at a farmer’s market or a cooking class can mean earning healthy, local food or the use of a commercial kitchen.

Good Food for Good People is rolling out its Good Money bartering system.  More than 15 people are already volunteering in exchange for food or lessons or other goods.

The community currency, called Good Money Units, is earned by distributing food, teaching cooking skills in one of our education programs or working at other events that promote health and sustainability.  Volunteers earn 10 units an hour, or 35 units for a 3.5 hour shift.

They can then spend the units on food, classes, kitchen rental, car rental, summer camp fees or any other endeavor of Good Food for Good People.

Moving to more of a volunteer system allows Good Food for Good People to keep its costs lower which means distributing more locally grown food to people of all income levels in Nashville. Making healthy, local food accessible in all communities in Nashville is a Good Food priority.

“Good Money Units make it possible for folks to get the food they love without breaking their budget,” said Sean Siple, Good Food for Good People managing partner. “In turn, their efforts allow us to distribute great food at lower costs, thus making it more affordable for our patrons too.”

For more information or to sign up for a shift, visit http://goodfoodforgoodpeople.com/about-us/good-money/

Carrot Academy graduates first class, plans spring session

Carrot Academy graduates first class, plans spring session

The first class of kid chefs earned their new aprons on Wednesday at the Carrot Academy’s first graduation.

After six weeks of working on their chopping, sauteing and measuring skills, students were presented with aprons to use at the school and lots of words of encouragement from teachers.

Teachers and students gathered around a meal made by students and shared some of their favorite memories from the session including making homemade empandas and taking care of the chickens.

“The thing I love about cooking with you all and the teachers is that we can always learn something new from each other,” said Carrot Academy director Trish Virgin.

The Carrot Academy is a weekly education program of Good Food for Good People.  Students gather at the Love Building to work in the garden and then cook food they harvest with cooking teachers.  Students and teachesr then spend time eating together and discussing the food.

The next session begins Wednesday, March 5.  Classes meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The cost is $20 per class for the first child and $5 for subsequent children.  A sliding scale is available.  For more information or to rsvp, email trish@goodfoodforgoodpeople.com

Courses are for children 5 and older and the following levels are available based on age and skill:

Beginner: For new cooks. Skills will include knife skills, food safety, food prep and doing dishes.

Intermediate: Students at this level will be introduced to the language of cooking. They will lean different methods of cooking such as sautéing, boiling, baking, etc.

Advanced: Self-study. Students determine their own interest in cooking and spend time doing an in-depth study of an area of cooking such as baking or an ethnic cuisine.