135 The Square
Palmerston North CentralPalmerston North 4414
06 328 5917
Wholegrain Organics are an organic bakery, vegan cafe, organic shop, and production kitchen selling products that are made on-site throughout New Zealand. Wholegrain Organics are the creators of the programme Hands On Food, NZQA accredited cooking classes for youth. Wholegrain Organics and Hands On Food are not-for-profit social enterprises. The cafe they have in the square has been built with youth education in mind. It brings the lessons out of the classroom, and into the community, giving it a service focus. On a Thursday night, youth (12-19 year olds from schools throughout Palmerston North) come to the kitchen, and work between 4 and 6pm. The cafe is open to the public from 6-9pm. They run Hands on Food specials on these nights.
They sometimes run a 7 week program on cooking on a budget for senior students, to aid in the transition from living at home to flating. They also occasionally offer cooking classes for adults. Their kitchen produces products that are sold nationwide, and some of these products are produced by the school kids. They also occasionally offer one-off workshops such as flour-milling, and picking and using herbs. As much as they can they source their ingredients organically and locally. They have a herb garden on Napier Road, in which they run working bees with the hands-on-food kids, and which they are hoping to develop into a more educational site, with facilities, and a pizza oven.