a journal of our edible education

Kitchen House Update

Horizons are often difficult to judge.  Sometimes things that seem far away turn out to be just over the next hill while other things that seem to be right at hand wind up being miles away.  So it is with time.  A deadline that seemed an eternity away is suddenly tomorrow and an idea that appeared so far away, surprisingly pops up into view.  The Edible Schoolyard at OJA is experiencing just such: an exciting, long awaited, sudden development. Our team has long believed that our student’s cooking experience could be greatly improved by providing them with a true kitchen classroom.  We have felt that the surrounding community might also enjoy this “seed to table” experience.  We had faith that there were others who share our belief in edible education and would partner with us to create a vision of something new.  This vision is quickly coming into focus in the form of a “kitchen house” and “give back garden”.  An idea that once seemed “miles away” is suddenly on our doorstep.  Through generous partnerships with Florida Hospital for Children and the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, we are creating an innovative space where students will be given the opportunity to learn about the source of their food.  These students will also have a hand in growing and preparing that food, which we believe will inspire a healthier and more delicious lifestyle. Here are some architectural renderings provided by our design team partners, Midtown Architecture Studio and Hunton Brady Architects. OJA KITCHEN HOUSE   static.squarespacestatic.squarespace-1Since this project lies on a plot of land across the street from the school our students will not be the only ones able to utilize this facility.  Other schools will be invited to enjoy this space as a field trip destination without any compromise to our own campus routine.


9 responses

  1. tcinqo

    What an inspiring, progressive, and brilliant concept! This is a new day for education and a new opportunity for building community relationships.

    August 3, 2014 at 10:55 pm

  2. Chef Sarah

    Its been a long time coming but waiting for God’s timing is as always, perfect! So thrilled to share this exciting time with a fantastic team!

    August 3, 2014 at 11:08 pm

  3. Ms. A.

    Indeed it is! I am excited for the team of supporters and all those who have reached a hand in our already current program and thrilled about the ones yet to come!

    August 4, 2014 at 7:06 am

  4. Christie Ray

    This is incredible news! Praising God for your perseverance and His perfect timing.

    August 4, 2014 at 11:11 am

  5. Barbara Wills

    My grandfather would be so proud. He held on to those two lots from the 1920s to the 1970s and would not let anyone split them up. I beg of you one thing: please, please leave the oak tree there. There were 3 before and it killed me to see the house gone along with the other trees. I see it in the drawing, please leave it there. God has had a plan for that land all along and I’m happy that it is doing so much good.

    Thank you,

    August 4, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    • Dear Ms. Wills
      So happy to see your comment. We have no plans for that oak tree but to enjoy its shade for years to come. We sincerely hope and believe that we are part of God’s plan for this land and appreciate your support.

      Brad Jones

      August 4, 2014 at 8:31 pm

  6. Mrs. Berry

    This is wonderful news. Can’t wait

    August 4, 2014 at 10:20 pm

  7. Fantastic. Love the work y’all are doing…

    August 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

  8. What a wonderful project! I hope it serves as an example for others to follow. Cheers to everyone involved!

    August 13, 2014 at 11:04 am

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