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The Institute Of Sustainable Nutrition

The Institute Of Sustainable Nutrition

113 Simsbury Rd, West Granby
[email protected]

Summary/services offered:                                  
We offer a unique education program blending the science of nutrition with the hands-on components of sustainable regenerative gardening practices, kitchen medicine, culinary skills and sustainable foraging. This time together creates an unavoidable community of like-minded individuals.

What drew you to this profession?
A good nutrition program needs to be whole. This means that we cannot teach about nutrition without talking about the health of the soil and growing practices, how food is harvested and prepared in the kitchen and the importance of knowing the traditional practices of kitchen medicine and sustainable foraging for nutrient-dense food and herbs. The vision was to create a program that incorporated all aspects of food and health with the gold standard of experiential, hands-on teaching. 

How does your work differ from others in your profession?
We give hands-on experience and connect students to the outdoors in order to give a truly meaningful educational experience. Students grow and harvest food and herbs, prepare meals,
ferment, make kitchen medicine, teas, tonics and brews; they taste, smell, forage, think, share and create a community and so much more. We also bring in experts from the food world to teach sections of the curriculum for a more well-rounded perspective. 

What should someone expect from working with you?
We hear again and again that what they learn rocks our students’ worlds. They tell us that their life is never the same and they are grateful. 

What changes do you plan in 2020?
We are always adding to our curriculum and looking for interesting speakers and guests. 

What is most important for Natural Awakenings’ readers to know?
We provide life-altering learning, perspectives and experiences to our students that change how they live their life while building a life-long community.