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Joe Miller of Joe's teaches fifth-graders how to cook

October 5, 2011 | 12:50 pm

The We Garden project is expanding with a cooking class
While finishing her master gardener course, Venice resident Nora Dvosin spotted a 60-by-40-foot prospect plot for planting at a local elementary school and immediately started planning a co-gardening project. In partnership with landscape artist and master gardener Nancy Griffin, principal Betty Coleman and Westminster Avenue Elementary School students, Dvosin's project, called We Garden, has since expanded to more than a quarter-acre.

Students plant, tend to and harvest through the garden project and now, with the help of Joe Miller of Joe's Restaurant (which last month celebrated its 20th anniversary), students engage in a once-a-month cooking class in which they're introduced to ingredients and cooking techniques.

The next class is Friday at 11 a.m. In addition to Westminster Avenue Elementary's fifth-graders, Dvosin says the public is welcome too.

1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, (310) 392-3041.

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Upper photo: The We Garden plot. Credit: Andrea Torng

Lower photo: Joe Miller of Joe's Restaurant. Credit: Andrea Torng