For more than 20 years, Lynn Walters has led a revolution that has transformed how children and their families eat. Sparked by an idea that hands-on learning in public schools could empower children and families to make healthy food choices, Lynn nurtured a small nonprofit from three volunteer chefs to a nationally acclaimed organization that has changed the lives of countless kids in Santa Fe and around the world.
Now Lynn is stepping away, ready for a change and confident that Cooking with Kids will continue to impact lives under the new leadership of Anna Farrier. “When we started in 1995, few programs used real food to teach nutrition,” she said during an interview over breakfast in the rambling garden at Harry’s Roadhouse. “That’s changed, and now there are lots of programs. Cooking with Kids can really serve as a resource for other communities. I’ve been thinking about this for the past few years, and it’s time to pass the baton.”
Lynn didn’t set out to become a chef with a desire to change how kids eat, although she’s long had a love of food. “I had a great sweet tooth growing up,” she said with a smile before taking a bite of buckwheat pancakes with wild Maine blueberries. “My grandmother came to the U.S. from Poland in the early 1900s. She made delicious apple strudel, borscht and other Eastern European delicacies. I watched her cook, fascinated. My family loved food, and cooking was an important part of our lives. My dad would grind his own flour to make bread. My mom taught me to bake cakes, and I loved the magic of baking.” Continue reading