Common Roots Cafe Teams up to Teach Kids about Healthy Eating

Katie Cannon / Heavy Table
Katie Cannon / Heavy Table

The term “hands-on education” took on a new meaning yesterday morning at Whittier International Elementary School in South Minneapolis. A progressive school that educates children using the International Baccalaureate-Primary Year Programme, Whittier’s mission is to “develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

To reinforce this curriculum through healthy eating habits, the PTA teamed up with Common Roots Cafe, an Uptown restaurant dedicated to local, organic and fair-trade food, to sponsor an educational breakfast series. The third event this year, yesterday was an occasion for both parents and students to learn about where food comes from by sampling several varieties of micro-greens provided by Dragsmith Farms in Wisconsin and then planting seeds to take home.

Kids enthusiastically engaged in the activities, especially those related to eating. Common Roots Cafe served up a healthy breakfast for all participants, including fresh fruit and bakery items including house-made organic bagels and cream cheese served with Dragsmith’s micro-greens.

For more photos from the Common Roots – Whittier Elementary breakfast, click here.


  1. Kris

    What a cool program! We need more of these to show kids from an early age that veggies and healthy foods are not the enemy and can be really tasty.

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