Program Focus Statement

The purpose of the Orange Home Grown Youth Food Literacy Program sponsored by the Picerne Family Foundation is to foster a healthier, more sustainable food system and to pass these values on to the next generation. We want to change how people measure the value of food and the impacts it has on our environment and our health. Local farmers focused on conserving natural resources and biodiversity, and local chefs who demand flavorful ingredients grown in healthy nutrient-rich soil are just some of the ways we can work to preserve our local food system.

This youth program in the City of Orange is geared towards providing hands-on learning opportunities for OUSD high school students to engage in the entire food production cycle, and to give them the tools to make powerful choices related to food, their health, and their future. Classes include interaction with local chefs, farmers, certified dietitians, catering directors, culinary schools, non-profit executive directors, food science professors, and more. From seed awareness and crop diversity, to digging in the dirt, interaction with local farmers and chefs, an introductory culinary class, and a day spent at Chapman University with their Food Science department, this program will provide a balanced look at all aspects of our food system.

Thank you to our generous Sponsor- The Picerne Family Foundation

“This is a revolution. People are starting to understand that food is going to save us.” Quote from Urban Farmer Will Allen (guest of the OHG Education Farm).

This program will help to support the culinary and environmental programming available through OUSD at the high school level. Completion of the program will enhance resumes for students looking to attend higher education institution. Scholarship opportunities available to students who complete the program will help support these endeavors.

Curriculum focus examples include but are not limited to:

• How to select ingredients grown locally, picked at their peak ripeness and flavor that reduce impacts on the environment (reduce carbon footprint)

• Regenerative farming practices

• Creating healthy relationships with our food “closed loop system”

• Understanding how to read food labels and how these ingredients affect our body

• Seeing first-hand a successful approach to running a food-based business

• Techniques for food preparation and event food service




  • 12-month certificate program (total of 11 classes and 1 graduation event/ceremony)
  • Course completion certificate provided by OHG & Picerne Family Foundation at end of year program celebration
  • All students that complete the program are eligible for scholarship award(s)
  • Free to selected OUSD students
  • Program calendar with class dates/times/location provided to each student upon acceptance into program
  • Scholarship recipients selected by OHG Board and Picerne Family Foundation
  • Additional program materials provided during each class
  • Program t-shirts and curriculum binders distributed first day of class
  • Students are responsible for securing their own transportation

Please email applications to
mpennohg@gmail.com or
mail to P.O. Box 871 Orange, CA 92856 attention OHG YFLP

PDF application, tentative schedule & waiver

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