{giveaway} Back to School w/ Whole Food Kitchen

Now that the summer is over its time to get our adult education on! I’m excited for fall 2012 as its the first ‘back to school’ time that we are holding FSC Academy classes since we began in June. While those are in person, and only in the Capital Region of NYS, I’ve often thought of online classes as an amazing learning avenue. Time to share a personal detail about yours truly: I graduated from SUNY Empire State College 12 years after I began by B.A. in 2006 from my  sunny cat-filled Venice Beach, CA apartment. SUNY Empire State College is *mostly* an online school, which was perfect for me as most of my credits from the SUNY system, I was working a fulltime job and  I was living a half a block from the beach in LaLa Land.  I love online learning (hence why we at FSC strive to be educational at our core) and think its an accessible avenue of education to explore in the modern age.

Where does ll this online learning talk come in? Well the wonderful Heather Bruggemen of Beauty That Moves, asked me to be a contributor for her autumn session of her 8-week intensive ‘Whole Food Kitchen’ online class. She requested that I write an essay on Food Swaps as a Community Builder’. I was honored & humbled. Of course! Of course! Yes Yes Yes! Food & Community forever with Food Swaps! (I could chant this all day & night…)

Not only am I fan of her beautiful and beautifully written blog but also thankful that she extends herself to educating others, outside her family circle. She is a community builder and educator in one of the most important issues of our time; learning to or rekindling the love to eat whole foods & from scratch cooking. We live it, as much as we can, here on FSC. It’s the core of what we’re about- cook/bake/explore more in your kitchen, your garden, your communities.

Therefore, due to my participation as a contributor, members of FSC get to take the class (we are so excited) and we get to give a FREE REGISTRATION to TWO of our readers (Class is 8 weeks and begins October 1st: each registration and is $99/per person). Join the FSC Crew, Heather, our friend, Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars (she’s fellow contributor) and hundreds (thousands?) of others in this back to school journey!

{Description & Details on the Class}

“Some of us need a little help getting started in the kitchen, others are looking for inspiration to rekindle their love of eating real, wholesome foods. Wherever you are on this path of healthy eating, Whole Food Kitchen will meet you there, providing recipes, practical wisdom, and wonderful resources.

This workshop is a lifestyle immersion. Surround yourself with healthy living and real food. Take the elements that work for your life, leave what you don’t need. 

Whole Food Kitchen will teach and speak to a mostly plant-based diet, but is not exclusively vegan or vegetarian. 

Come spend two months in the kitchen with me!

You will find my classes infused with a non-dogmatic, inclusive approach to nutrition. In life and in food, my focus is on simplicity, patience, keeping it real, and common sense.” 

{Essential Details}

  • two month immersion
  • eight modules
  • nearly 100 recipes/food tutorials (view a sample recipe)
  • weekly giveaways of some of my favorite books and kitchen tools
  • amazing contributors
  • printable/downloadable lessons and resources
  • email support as you need it
  • threaded comments for interactive support
  • video cooking classes each week
  • self-paced (you do not need to be in class at any specific time)
  • virtual classroom remains open for 30 days post workshop
  • a down to earth approach to eating well

{Module Topics}

Each weekly module topic will be explored broadly and deeply through engaging lessons, and encouraging contributors. Listing these topics only skims the depth of content inside each.

  1. Whole Food Fundamentals
  2. Anatomy of a Whole Food Kitchen and Pantry
  3. Menu Planning and Recipe Organization
  4. Plant Foods: Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Seeds, Whole Grains and Legumes
  5. Animal Foods: Meat and Dairy
  6. Breakfast, the Lunch Box, and Dinner Table
  7. Holistic Lifestyle, Nourishing Snacks, and Healthy Fats
  8. Community, CSA, Special Occasions, and Thoughts on an Evolving Food Journey


  • This giveaway is for 2 class registrations to Heather’s Whole Food Kitchen Class, Autumn 2012. Each winner will win ONE registration (worth $99/per registration).  These registrations are ONLY good for the Autumn 2012 Class. Starts October 1st and runs 8 weeks!
  • Open to EVERYONE!! (our first giveaway ever where we don’t have to limit it to US residents! GOLF CLAPS!)
  • Giveaway ends at midnight Saturday, September 29th 2012. This is a quickie giveaway as the class starts October 1st. Winners will be notified Sunday, September 30th.  
  • We will pick the two winning comment randomly via random.org
  • All entries will be in the form of a comment BELOW, You can comment up to 3 times by doing the following:.

1st comment: Why does this class interest you? What topic are you most wanting to learn more about? Are you rekindling your love of the kitchen or venturing in as a newbie?

2nd comment:subscribe to our *new* monthly newsletter, that we have yet to send out, and tell us you did (or already are a subscriber).

A word about our newsletter:

“The FSC Newsletter will serve as a one-stop spot to find the latest news regarding the dates for our upcoming food swaps, FSC Academy classes, special events & author signings, public events that we will be at, details on our latest podcast episodes and more! We promise to NEVER sell, distribute or use your email address for anything other than this email newsletter.” 

3rd comment: Like our FSC Academy Page.

Again, ALL entries (up to three total) need to be in the form of three separate comments below. Other comments on other posts (or on Facebook or Twitter) will not count towards this giveaway.



76 Comments Add yours

  1. michele says:

    Wow- Thanks for sharing this! We are in the process of signing up to work with a ‘holistic nutritionist’ as a family and this would be the perfect accompaniment! I find that I can sometimes focus and eat healthy on my own, but seeing as how I live with my husband & 4 year old daughter (both of whom can be quite finicky), it would be helpful to get some inspiration on cooking healthful meals as a family on a consistent basis!!

  2. michele says:

    Previously subscribed to the newletter & looking forward to it. 🙂

  3. michele says:

    FSC academy page liked!

  4. Just subscribed to the newsletter–can’t wait to see it!

  5. Just liked the FSC Academy page on facebook!

  6. I am very excited about these classes, have been getting back into cooking more and more lately and have been wanting to learn more about whole foods. Especially looking forward to the holistic life style class!

  7. Edie says:

    My family has been having some health issues and I am trying to learn more about cooking to help with the issues.

  8. Edie says:

    I signed up for the newsletter. Thanks

  9. Andy Tanner says:

    I “Liked” your facebook page.

  10. Andy Tanner says:

    I signed up for your newsletter! Thanks

  11. Andy Tanner says:

    I’m teaching my daughter how to cook! I’m attempting to teach her how to make as much as possible from scratch – that there is no need to ever eat from a box! I think this class would help me teach her. I’m very interested in the CSA topic and my daughter is interested in the breakfast, lunch box and dinner table one. Thanks for this wonderful website!

  12. Robin A. says:

    choose me, choose me! we are in such a food rut and need new ideas.

  13. Libby says:

    I just had a really REALLY bad breakup and have lost most of my culinary mojo. This would be a great kickstart for me to get back in the kitchen. ❤

  14. Libby says:

    I signed up for the newsletter!

  15. Libby says:

    I liked the FSC Academy page! 🙂

  16. Liz says:

    I am always looking for more motivation and information!

  17. griffson812 says:


  18. griffson812 says:

    FSC Aademy-like!

  19. Tiffany Ryan says:

    I would like to learn more about cooking wholesome for my family!

  20. momdrobe says:

    newsletter subscriber!

  21. momdrobe says:

    FSC Academy like!

  22. Sara says:

    How awesome!! You ladies are just inspiring. I would love to take these classes, especially the class about menu planning and recipe organization. I want to get better at planning out our weekly menus so I can save money and not go to the store every day!

  23. Sara says:

    I just signed up for the newsletter. Can’t wait for it!

  24. Sara says:

    Facebook page liked.

  25. Wow just in time for fall/winter comfort foods

  26. Suzanne Skarsten says:

    While I consider myself a great cook, I tend to fly by the seat of my pants, and end up scrambling last minute to make quick mediocre meals. I live in an area where fresh local whole foods are abundant. We’ve ventured into raising our own meat birds, and are patiently awaiting egg production from our hens. Truly whole living goes well beyond the humans in our household. Would love to take your class.

  27. wildewoode6 says:

    I would like to add some nice variety through more meatless meals, and rekindle my love for cooking.

  28. wildewoode6 says:

    I am a subscriber to the newsletter.

  29. wildewoode6 says:

    Big “LIKES” for FSC!!!

  30. Michelle says:

    I would love to learn some basic meat free meals and I know this would be the place to do so.

  31. Kizzi says:

    Recently diagnosed health issues are requiring me to totally rethink the way that I eat. I already have been pretty healthy but I now have to pretty much cut out ANYTHING that is not 100% whole, identifiable, simple food. This, combined with my sincere love of teaching my 4 year old son the ins and outs of cooking, makes this class totally perfect for me. I love FSC and what it has taught me so far, this class would only help me go bigger and bolder!!

    1. Christina says:

      KIZZI, YOU ARE A WINNER! Congrats! You will be getting an email shortly -Christina

  32. Kizzi says:

    and I signed up for the newsletter!

  33. Zimzo says:

    We are switching to more plant-based meals, less meat, and less dairy to help alleviate some health issues. Would love to learn more and help with meal-planning as well. Thanks for the opportunity!

  34. Zimzo says:

    Signed up for newsletter

  35. Zimzo says:

    “Liked” too

  36. Beth C. says:

    I enjoy cooking and am pretty good at it, but I find that I struggle with healthier recipes that my whole family will eat – and ENJOY!

  37. Beth C. says:

    “Liked” on FB 🙂

  38. Beth C. says:

    And signed up for the new newsletter – looking forward to it!

  39. I want to eat more veggies and desperately need to be better at meal planning!

  40. I signed up for the newsletter 🙂

    1. Christina says:

      LAUREN, YOU ARE A WINNER! Congrats I will be emailing shortly!

  41. I also liked the FSC Academy page!

  42. Cathi Harp says:

    My goal if for my family to live a healthier life by getting back to the basics! This class would be a great source of info.

  43. Cathi Harp says:

    Signed up for the newsletter! 🙂

  44. Cathi Harp says:

    FSC Academy Like!

  45. Vanessa says:

    This course would be so helpful as I begin cleaning the kitchen. We’re working to rid our kitchen of GMOs and gluten. It’s a bit overwhelming and I could use some help with menu planning using whole foods.

  46. Vanessa says:

    Subscribed to the newsletter. 🙂

  47. Vanessa says:

    Already “liked” FSC Academy! Keep up the good work.

  48. Marijke says:

    I was in Heathers Vegan workshop and loved it so much! After having a very heavy start with our new baby I feel my body could use something good to get back into balance after all the hospital food I’ve had. But I didn’t have the money. So this would be so great! *pick me pick me* :). Thanks for the chance! Also for non-US citizens..

  49. Liked you on Facebook!

  50. And! I will get a newsletter.. I hope :).

  51. I am always always searching for both snack and lunch ideas. Those are my big struggle areas.

  52. Sarah Keeney says:

    Subscribed to the New Newsletter!! 🙂

  53. Sarah Keeney says:

    I LOVE anything having to do with cooking and have full intentions of attending some kind of culinary arts program one day. I’m so excited about this course because it is self guided so I will actually be able to fit this into my EXTREMELY busy schedule. I’m most interested in the Anatomy of a Whole Food Kitchen and Pantry Model. I LOVE being able to have items on hand so that I’m never far away from a delicious meal 🙂 Thanks for this opportunity 🙂

  54. Sarah Keeney says:

    Liked the FB Page 🙂

  55. Nadia El-Fawal says:

    I “liked” the academy page!

  56. Nadia El-Fawal says:

    I signed up for the news letter!

  57. Nadia El-Fawal says:

    This class interests me because I try to stick to a whole foods diet, and know that there is so much more to learn and so much that I could use help with. I’m also just interested in food and nutrition as a subject of study. I’m very interested in the meal planning portion, learning more about plant foods and the holistic lifestyle portion. And I’m not a newbie, nor a seasoned kitchen veteran, I’m just ever expanding my knowledge and skill! 🙂

  58. Mara says:

    Love the idea of the class!! I’m always looking for new ideas and a little extra motivation to try some new things in the kitchen!

  59. Mara says:

    “Liked” the fsc academy page.

  60. Mara says:

    And I am signed up for the newsletter!

  61. Angela says:

    I’m a newbie, who is very interested in a holistic/whole food lifestyle and have made changes in my life to start the process but I tend to be a bit intimidated when it comes to the kitchen, these classes look awesome!

  62. Angela says:

    I signed up for the newsletter!

  63. Angela says:

    I also LIKED the FSC Academy page 🙂

  64. Elizabeth says:

    These classes look great! I live in New York City. I use my fridge for a closet. Help.

  65. Elizabeth says:

    I liked the FSC Academy Page!

  66. Karin says:

    I am a college student looking to learn some valuable cooking skills!

  67. Karin says:

    FSC Academy Page previously liked!

  68. Andra says:

    From Scratch is the way we are trying to live, so any tips, advice, knowledge we could glean from these courses would be a big benefit to our family (and we’d pass it on to our community for a multiplier effect).

  69. Erin Olson says:

    This class interests me because I love food communities, I’m feeling the need to be re-inspired, and I need a kick in the pants in regards to menu and recipe planning! 😉

  70. Erin Olson says:

    I already subscribe to the newsletter. 🙂

  71. Erin Olson says:

    I already like the FSC Academy page. 🙂

  72. JanelleS says:

    I love cooking and gardening and would love to learn more about whole foods!

  73. parsnipsandparsimony says:

    I signed up for your newsletter. Thanks!

  74. parsnipsandparsimony says:

    I liked you on Facebook.

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