The Edible Rainbow was created nearly 20 years ago as a passion project based on the success of converting a picky eater to a rainbow-a-day eater. It then sat on the shelf until the local elementary school put out a call to the community seeking teachers with topics to provide supplemental learning options for the GATE program that had recently lost funding.
Popular enough to be asked back multiple times for GATE, The Edible Rainbow has since been delivered to hundreds of youth as a Boy Scout cooking merit badge and multiple 4-H projects.
How The Edible Rainbow was born...
Mom, Professional Educator, Entrepreneur - Creator of The Edible Rainbow
Avis spent more than two decades designing, building and delivering educational programs to adults around the world on topics ranging from inclusive leadership, to data science, to SaaS portfolio management to second-chance hiring. Now, she's applying those talents to her passion and absolutely loving it!
Daughter, Professional Food Scientist - Inspiration for The Edible Rainbow
Jordan is the 'proof in the pudding,' so to speak. She went from eating very few fruits and vegetables to making salad every night to ensure she ate a rainbow each day. Now, she's a proud Cal Poly (SLO) graduate and gainfully-employed Food Scientist.
One thing that connects us all is that we all eat. Collectively, all things living on the planet share a common bond to consume nutrients from Earth in order to live.
No matter how processed or transformed, everything that we eat originates from the Earth.
The Earth provides a bounty of food options for us to choose from - something for everyone - that require minimal processing: fruits and vegetables. The Earth even color-coded the food so that we can tell them apart and select the ones we need when we need them.
Remembering where our food comes from helps us make better choices for ourselves and the Earth.
Our well-being, individually and collectively, is tied intimately with the health of this planet. Generally, the healthier the food is for us, the healthier it is for the Earth.
We can each do our part to help the environment just by picking our favorite colorful fruits and vegetables and eating them in a rainbow each day.
The sheer demand of that collective choice is enough to increase the number, types, and colors of fruits and vegetables grown on Earth (she loves that)
Plus, the more care that goes into growing those fruits and vegetables, makes them healthier for us and the Earth (win-win!)
It's like painting two rainbows with one paintbrush!