In our culinary classroom guests learn about food preparation, nutrition and mindful eating. In addition to harvesting vegetables from our gardens, guests may take a field trip to a local farm or the famous Santa Fe Farmers’ Market to gather ingredients and return to the kitchen to create inspiring and nutritious farm fresh dishes. 

Culinary classes include:

  • Education about the benefits of healthy eating
  • Psychology of food
  • Nutritional aspects of food
  • Menu planning
  • Food purchase and preparation
  • Benefits of locally-sourced and organic products
  • Overview of culinary tools and equipment
  • Cooking techniques
  • Socialization through cooking and planned group meals


  • Stress relief
  • Sensory awareness
  • Improved physical health
  • Enhanced ability to plan and organize
  • Improved memory, attention and focus
  • Self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment

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“The dining was wonderful, with open-room seating and tastefully prepared organic meals with flavors fresh from the greenhouse gardens.”–Karlene, Tucson, AZ