Gardening & Cooking with Chef Richie

After 25 years in the culinary world, Chef Richie left his position as an executive chef, trading it all in for his dream job: teaching kids at Sherwood Montessori.  Richie's classroom is the garden and the kitchen, where kids learn nutrition, biology, botany, math, cooking, "agri-preneurism" and many nuggets of wisdom.


Chef Richie and his students have published our third school garden cookbook, “Grow Cook Share”! 20+ recipes created in the school kitchen, over 100 photos of our kids and lots more.


You can buy your cookbook from Richie or the ladies in the office. $10 each, or $5 for families receiving free/reduced lunch. Cash or check.

This is a great resource for your family to connect in your home kitchen and it makes a great gift for grandparents… anybody really. And by buying the book, you'll be supporting Richie's program, maintaining the high quality and ecologically conscious curriculum fostered at Sherwood.


On March 25, 2016 Chef Richie brought a group of Sherwood students to CSU Chico's This Way to Sustainability Conference Faire for Schools where we won, not one but TWO Greenie awards all expenses paid field trip for the middle school to the Forebay Aquatic Park.

P.S. There's an article about Grow Cook Share in the spring 2016 edition of Edible Shasta Butte Magazine, which is free to all and can be picked up from the table outside the school office, at Chico Natural Foods, S&S Produce, Farm Star Pizza, the Saturday Farmers' Market and more places around town. Look for more articles about our cookbook in the summer issues of North State Parent and Growing Up Chico magazines.

Edible Shasta-Butte Magazine

Spring 2016 Issue


At Sherwood Montessori Charter School, located in a quiet west Chico neighborhood near Bidwell Park, smiling kindergartners and middle schoolers work side by side, digging their hands deep into beds of lettuce, snap peas, and herbs.

In support of a hands-on curriculum, this K-8 public charter school is giving students the opportunity to know their food as intimately as their traditional school subjects. The school and garden have been featured in newspapers, won a salsa competition, and were recognized as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Chefs Move to Schools!” initiative and Partnership for a Healthier America (part of the national “Let’s Move!” campaign). This program partners chefs with schools, where they work with school staff to create healthy meal plans and teach students about the importance of nutrition. Sherwood Montessori was awarded $2000... (read more...)

GROW-COOK-SHARE : A School Garden Community

Culination Magazine Cover Story, May 2016

Hi. My name is Richie. Some kids call me Chef Richie. I’m a chef. But I’m not a chef. I run a school garden-kitchen program and I’m the school’s head gardener. But I’m not a gardener. I’m a teacher. I teach. When I leave my house each morning, I don’t think or say I’m going to work. I think and say, “I’m going to school”. And if you ask me, I have the best job in the world.

My students/employees/co-workers are ages 4-14. If you work with adults all day every day, I’m feeling really sorry for you right now. Actually, I’m feeling a little sorry for the old me. The regular-old-chef me…the lucky-to-be-alive me. In 2010, after 25 years on the line working up the ranks from dishdog to exec chef, my whole life changed. I found a way to change careers and… (read more...)