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Fab Food Lab

Welcome to the Fab Food Lab project. This project is sponsored by Verizon through its Verizon Community Institution COVID-19 Funding Response. This grant opportunity was made available to all schools participating in the Verizon Innovative Learning STEM program. Since 2018, ICC/Fab Lab ICC have participated in Rural Young Women's program for underserved middle school girls.

With this program, we hope to address several issues within our region related to food insecurity. The program is dynamic and evolving, but preliminary plans are to offer a variety of food education and access opportunities for our community and surrounding area, including education on food growing, cooking, preservation and nutrition; an off-season farmers market; a farm-to-consumer trade show; community food prep space; support for food- and farm-based entrepreneurs and more.  


Barbara Ames has been named Project Lead for the Fab Food Lab project. Barbara is well known in the region for her work as a K-State Research and Extension Agent specializing in Nutrition, Health and Food Safety. She retired in December from her position with the Wildcat Extension District and began her contract role with the Fab Food Lab project in January.


Our first initiative for Fab Food Lab is the launch of the "Pantry to Plate" virtual cooking series, featuring professional Kansas chef and food blogger Chef Alli Winter.

For over 20 years, Chef Alli has been stirring up a love of cooking across her home state of Kansas and throughout the Midwest. Her loyal following has made Chef Alli a sought-after cooking coach, spokesperson, speaker, and food communicator. Her cooking blog is a source of culinary expertise, recipes designed to succeed, and encouragement from a trusted chef that makes every follower feel like a friend.  Chef Alli promotes simple healthy eating – real food, for real people, in real life!  

Chef Alli will travel to Independence in March to record the classes, and we need your input about the best topics to cover.  Click HERE for Chef Alli's introduction video (1:24)

Let us know what topics you would be most interested in HERE

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