Food touches nearly every aspect of our lives. It connects us to friends, families, and strangers. It influences our own health and the vitality of our economy. During these lean times, it seems people are stepping up. School gardens are on the rise. Restaurants are partnering with local farms. Many people are planting vegetables for the first time.
In this newsletter, we offer a collection of classroom resources on the food, economy, and environment connection. These include stories and tools in the spring issue of YES! Magazine, such as The City That Ended Hunger and the Everybody Eats poster.
Everyone can make positive changes in their food choices—for their own health and for the health of our planet. So plant some seeds today, and share their bounty come summer.
Education Outreach Manager, YES! Magazine
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Joe Gillespie from Crescent City, California, started his first school garden in 1993 with 50 raised beds. Today, he and his middle school students are growing vegetables year-round, monitoring wind turbines, and experiencing the incredible joy of connecting with each other and the land. Read Joe’s story.
MORE OF YOUR STORIES: Chicken Soup for the Soul in the Classroom. Joining students in campaigning for quality education. Discovering the Beauty of Teenagers. Local food in schools.
SEND US your own story to share with our growing network of YES! educators.
MacArthur genius and former pro basketball player Will Allen heads up Growing Power, the only zoned farmland in inner city Milwaukee. See how he brings food and social justice to his community in Growing Power in an Urban Food Desert.
For more inspiration on local food movements, 8 Ways to Join the Local Food Movement suggests actions—invite friends for a local-foods potluck, eat mostly plants, swap seeds—that you and your students can do on your own or together, starting today.
Meet Madhu Suri Prakash, who asks us to envision slow food school lunches, with the rasoi of her mother’s village kitchen as a model.
Brazil’s Belo Horizonte is The City That Ended Hunger—the government there believes that food is a right of citizenship.
There’s a difference between food that comes from an industrialized corporate farm and food that comes from a local farmer. Your students will learn how food choices affect health, environment, and economies through the National Farmers Union’s stand-alone lesson plans (grades 1-12).
The Center for Ecoliteracy offers educators comprehensive, intelligent, and engaging information on sustainable living. From Rethinking School Lunch curriculum to essays, recommended websites, and like-minded organizations, you will find a feast of resources to nibble on.
Eating locally means eating seasonally. The National Resources Defense Council’s “Eat Local” chart reveals what foods are in season, state by state, helping you plan for meals and lower your carbon footprint.
What do you get when you mobilize a group of supercharged youth climate change activists? You have more than a gathering, you have a movement. More