Getting Kids Excited About Food

Using interactive teaching experiences the students touch, cut, peel, tear, roll and mush all sorts of food in our classes. 

Each culinary educator provides a unique experience for the class with their recipes, style, and personality.

Santa Barbara Farmers Market provides a portion of the food to the students which give local and fresh enjoyment for all.

About Us

You can pay your grocer or can pay your doctor. It is a choice you make day to day, especially in deciding on what food to prepare.

As an organization, we believe that quality food takes care of the body; likewise, food that is prepared together takes care of the soul. We are on a mission to teach children how to prepare nutritious, delicious and affordable meals made from real food.

Nancy Martz and Terra Hillyer founded Apples to Zucchini in the fall of 2015. We began offering classes in the spring of 2016 with Chef Michele Malony. Our students continue to learn about food, how to prepare it and most importantly how to enjoy it together.

Our Board of Directors

  • Nancy Martz
  • Terra Hillyer
  • Dianne Duva
  • Tina Wood
  • Jane Bartholomew
  • Tracy Mongold

Our Advisory Council

  • Jennifer Mansbach, Coordinator, Join Jacob and Family Volunteer Day at the Food Bank
  • Kristin Castorino, DO Research Physician, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute
  • Lindsay Johnson, Executive Director, Explore Ecology
  • Nancy Weiss, Food Services Director, Santa Barbara Unified School

What the Parents and Students Have to Say

"I can't thank you enough ... My kids came home and cut their own apples for dinner and even tried new things, which is monumental for them. They started making their own lunches as well. Just after the first day!!!"

- Mom of Ellwood Students

"[My daughter] is cooking her way through your recipes and truly loving it! Thanks for a really wonderful camp."

- Mom of Summer Camper

"I never knew I liked carrots more than pasta!"

- Brandon School Student

"I feel so good about myself. I finally made something that tastes good...something from scratch."

- Adams School Student

"[My daughter] was thrilled and immediately came home and showed off her knife skills which were impressive. She showed me how to "curl" my fingers when cutting an orange. She had all kinds of new facts to tell me about certain foods. I got a chance to watch the class a bit and I was blown away. The teachers were outstanding--very professional and not silly at all. Thanks for bringing the class to Adams!!!"

- Mom of Adams School Student

"It turns out I DO like mango!"

- Brandon School Student