The Kids’ Corral, made possible by Chipotle, is the Philly Farm & Food Fest’s go-to space for intergenerational inspirations. Everyone and their mothers are welcome to join in on the fun at this energetic exhibit designed for all ages with kid- and family-focused workshops!
The teacher lineup for the Kids’ Corral is just as exciting as the programs they plan to share throughout the day. Presenters will interact and demonstrate from a place of experience, passion, and excitement. Thanks to Chipotle and the amazing lineup of presenters, kids will learn all about the importance of a local and sustainable food system and have fun while they’re at it – all for FREE!
A professional children’s musician, Anna Banana of the Anna Banana Band, specializes in creating and sharing educational group music classes, personalized birthday party entertainment, and live concerts for young children and the grown-ups who love them. She takes pride in knowing that her music classes are a wonderful way for children to meet new friends and for people to connect with their community.
Blew Kind is the magnificent being behind Franny Lou’s Porch, which is a warm space named after two strong, influential women – Francis E.W. Harper and Fannie Lou Hamer. Through Franny Lou’s, Blew provides a “homebase” for those interested in engaging in community activism, cultural awareness, and relational business practices. She strives to connect people to products and support those who want to be simple, healthy, and aware.
Ella loves to fuse her knowledge of traditional dance technique, breath inspired movement, and yoga to create an invigorating pace and smooth flow to each style of class she offers. In 2015, Ella received her BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts and her certification for 200 hours of Vinyasa study from Beyond Asana RYS. She has continued to develop her knowledge of the practice, completing the 48- Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Intensive with Brittany Policastro and a Postpartum Teacher Training Certification with Lara Kohn Thompson.
Photographer, Emily Carris has a BA in Education and Photography from Eugene Lang College in New York. She holds a Master’s degree in photography from UCA in Kent, England. She has exhibited internationally and has worked as photography teacher and museum educator at the International Center of Photography in New York. Emily is the director of The Art Dept and lives in Philadelphia.
Kyra Herbert is currently an 11th grade Food Science major at W.B. Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences. Kyra has been an active member of Girl Scouts for the past 8 years and is currently enrolled in the PhillyEarth program at the Village of Arts and Humanity in Germantown. Her career aspiration is to open up a healthy lifestyle, child day-care facility.
Lexi Weiner is the founder of Evelyn’s Corner which hosts private, in-home art classes and pop-up workshops for children, and DIY nights for adults in Philadelphia. Lexi studied architecture and has 9 years of experience teaching art and design to children.
In 2011, Meg Widholm began Snack Like a Local in Philadelphia, PA. After 12 years working with technology in corporate America, burning late night oil meant she was visiting the vending machine regularly. Finally, Meg decided it was time for a change. She recognized that the need for convenient food is not going away, and decided to shift her focus to spreading awareness about local brands and food that would help the community choose better snacking options.
Founder of PB&Jams, Philadelphia’s nut butter company, Meg Gibson is a high school health teacher and lifelong athlete with a passion for great food, great music (the “jams” in PB&Jams!), and her community.
Founder of Baby Wordplay, a beloved story space for Philly families that grows readers and thinkers from birth, Miss Pam has over 25 years of experience of reading and rhyming with babies and has gained insight into what makes a baby listen, smile and laugh. She won the Allie Beth Martin award from Public Library Association and Baker and Taylor, which recognizes a librarian who has demonstrated “an extraordinary range and depth of knowledge about books and a distinguished ability to share that knowledge”.
Owner of La Divisa Meats and head butcher at Wyebrook Farm, Nick Macri is easily one of the best resources in the area when it comes to high quality, humanely-raised meats and house-made charcuterie. Raised by Italian immigrant parents who made everything from scratch, Nick has carried that philosophy and technique into his culinary work today.
Nicole Cotroneo Jolly is the host and co-writer of the award-winning web series, How Does it Grow?, which follows our food from field to fork — one crop at a time. She’s appeared on The Food Network and The Travel Channel, and her journalist work has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler and many others. She is a founding partner and producer at Manic Media, a Philadelphia-based production agency.
Patrick Caulfield is the head chef-educator at Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School, where students learn to work with real commercial cooking equipment, fresh seasonal produce, and from-scratch recipes to create their own healthy snacks and meals. He picked up his cooking skills working the line in restaurants and from his first teacher, his mom. When he is not working with students in the kitchen classroom, he can be found experimenting on his latest street-food experiment at a variety of pop-ups and street-fairs.
Rania Campbell Bussiere
Rania Campbell-Bussiere is the Founder and Executive Director of Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm, which fosters community and environmental stewardship through rooftop farming, training, and community programming. Cloud 9 works with buildings and community groups to grow food and community on Philadelphia’s rooftops.
Vincent Finazzo, Owner and Founder of Riverwards Produce, developed his passion for food by working in the garden with his grandfather, helping his grandmother can tomatoes, and making pickles with his mom. Garden fresh produce has always been a very important part of his life. After more than 20 years absorbed in food, working with Whole Foods Market, and with a national produce broker, Vincent created Riverwards Produce, a retail and wholesale operation serving Philadelphia and its communities.
The brains behind Honeypie Cooking, a local food education business, Shayna will focus her PF3 activities on pairing produce with pantry items in practical ways, and celebrate cooking as an impactful tool for encouraging connection and engagement within families and among community.
Taylor Brown is currently an 11th-grade Food Science major at W. B. Saul High School of Environmental Science. Her future career goal is to become an OB/GYN. Taylor enjoy baking cookies and cupcakes and is also an avid reader of mystery novels.
Furry Farmyard Friends
Of course we didn’t forget about the furry farmyard friends. Hummerhaven Farm, PA Farm Stay, and Little Lost Creek Alpacas will be in the Kids’ Corral all day delighting visitors of all ages with their furry farmyard friends!
Formal presentations will last between twenty to thirty minutes and interactive activities will run for at least an hour, allowing you to stay for whatever amount of time works. Now that you know the magnificent people behind the programming, go explore the Kids’ Corral page to see what they have planned for the big day.