St. Ambrose gives students farm to table experience at Summer Workshop Print
Written by Carolyn Averill, For the Catholic Herald   
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

St. Ambrose Summer Farm
Learning about animal husbandry at Fischerdale Holsteins gave students at St. Ambrose Academy’s Summer Workshop a hands-on visit to see how food gets from farm to table. (Contributed photo)

MADISON -- "If you love someone, cook for them!"

This was the inspiration for the 2018 St. Ambrose Academy Summer Workshop, in which students entering grades five to nine experienced a hands-on journey from the farm, to the kitchen, to the table, over two weeks during the summer break.

St. Ambrose Academic Dean Michael Kwas led the workshop, which provided students a breadth of experience in "learning about plants and soil and animals, chatting with a chef, baking bread, stirring up sauces, smelling, tasting, and sampling food from around the world."

Kwas connected students with local leaders, including Blue Moon Community Farm, where students planted, weeded, washed, and tasted fresh vegetables and learned about the beginning of the food chain.

Students also visited Fischerdale Holsteins, a Verona-area dairy farm, to learn about animal husbandry, L'Etoile/Graze restaurant to experience some behind the scenes work with renowned Chef Elizabeth Dahl, and El Pastor to enjoy a taco lunch and hear from owner Lino Ruiz about his story of running a family-owned business.

The St. Ambrose Summer Workshops are an engaging, hands-on style of learning that are open to all students, grades five to nine.

For more information on the Summer Workshop and the latest news from St. Ambrose Academy, visit and check out the July 2018 edition of the quarterly Ambrosian newsletter.