Food classes provide valuable training in food safety, processing, and handling protocols in order to prepare refugees for jobs in the restaurant and food service industry. As a follow up to the harvesting program, food classes teach refugees how to cook and preserve with new, gleaned food, hence. This brings the local food system full circle.

Refugees have the opportunity not only to participate but also to lead classes and share their culinary traditions through food demonstrations, and education regarding fruit and nut bearing trees. IRN food classes are held in commercial kitchens of partner agencies. Food preservation activities include: juicing, zesting, drying, pickling, canning, freezing, baking, and fermenting, to name just a few.

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“I was able to eat the food that I had harvested. It seemed to taste better, because I had picked it myself”

— Ethiopian refugee, Tilahun Liben