Santa Fe
Cooking Up Fun in Santa Fe With Your Grandchild
Taste the traditions of the Southwest as you and your grandchild learn about pre-Columbian cuisine, visit a local farm and practice your cooking at a private home at a Pueblo.
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Program No. 21847RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Explore the history of the Southwest through the foods that Native American people cultivated, gathered, hunted and cooked. Learn about the different cultures who settled in New Mexico and how agriculture shaped their lives. Discover the positive impact that preparing and eating local, organic and sustainable foods can have on our lives and also on our environment.
Activity Level
Walking one mile daily on unpaved trails, some steep; climb ladders; get on/off the bus; stand during cooking classes. Elevations of 7,000 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy a cooking class at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo with a family that still uses traditional cooking techniques in their daily lives.
  • Visit a local organic farm and learn how farmers of today are using ancient methods and techniques to produce crops for today’s market.
  • Explore the Puye Cliff Dwellings and El Rancho de las Golondrinas living museum to discover how people of centuries past lived off of the land.

General Notes

Program intended for grandchildren ages 10-12.
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Elena Junes
Elena Ortiz-Junes is a native New Mexican and member of the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. She has worked for many years as a study guide and group leader for numerous organizations and universities, and provides a unique perspective on the region and its rich cultural tapestry. She is a writer and board member of the University of New Mexico’s Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies.
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