Southeast Elementary students to get lesson in farm-fresh foods

Vivian Howard

KINSTON, Lenoir County - Students from Southeast Elementary School in Kinston will have the chance to visit with Vivian Howard, host of "A Chef's Life" in an event about farm-fresh food on May 16.

Here's the full press release from Lenoir County Schools:


Vivian Howard, host of Peabody and Emmy Award-winning television series, A CHEF'S LIFE will host the entire Southeast Elementary School's fifth grade class for an educational tour of the Kinston Farmer's Market. The event, entitled, "A Chef's Life's Farm to Fifth Grade Field Trip" is sponsored by State Employees' Credit Union (SECU) members via SECU Foundation, who joined the PBS program as one of its sponsors this past fall. The field trip, intended to teach local youth the value of farmers and the origin of fresh food, will feature a tour of the market and samples of locally-grown fruits and vegetables. Howard, along with her husband Ben Knight, is owner of Chef & the Farmer and The Boiler Room, restaurants in downtown Kinston that attract diners from all over the country. She will lead the class of nearly 40 Southeast Elementary school students on a fun exploration of the farmer's market that introduces students to local farmers and the goodness they grow. Students will also sample food from Howard's food truck, which she took on a nationwide tour in support of her debut cookbook entitled, Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South . Released in October 2016, Deep Run Roots reached #5 on the New York Times Bestseller list . The day concludes with a scavenger hunt that gives students an opportunity to meet farmers and learn their way around the market.

The "Farm to Fifth Grade" program meets SECU Foundation's mission to promote local and community development across North Carolina through educational initiatives and programs. "SECU members are happy to support Chef Vivian Howard and A Chef's Life," said Jama Dagenhart, SECU Foundation Executive Director. "Her passion as a chef and her use of fresh ingredients from local farms really resonates and brings the community together. The 'Farm to Fifth Grade' program is an excellent extension of her ongoing efforts, helping students learn the value of local farmers and the nutritional benefits of fresh food." Visit for more information about SECU Foundation. The fifth season of A CHEF'S LIFE airs on UNC-TV and PBS stations around the country beginning October 2017. For more information about A CHEF'S LIFE, visit

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