I’ve talked a lot about the gaps in education when it comes to agriculture and food, and I’ve done a lot of thinking about it, too. I thought I would present to you the other side of this – something I’ve been involved in that is bringing kids closer to their food.
In a previous post, I mentioned the Sunship Earth program that I taught this past fall. To connect the students with the earth and their food, we do various skits and activities during mealtimes. One of my favourite skits to do is the “Where Food Comes From” skit at the end of the first meal. We start with one of our staff members wasting tons of food (eg. taking one bite of an apple and throwing the rest on the ground) and have the kids come in and teach us about all the steps that go into getting our food to the table. They dress up as the sun, the soil, the water, the farmer, the trucker and the chef that all contribute to our meals.
One of the best parts about this skit is that the students are the ones teaching each other about their food. They deliver their lines in front of the whole class, and the rest of the students watching answer back with their own ideas about how our food reaches us. The skit not only talks about the steps leading up to our meals, but also about the sheer amounts of energy that are put into production. It’s a little rudimentary, but it opens the door to learning and teaching more about the cost of food. By the end of the week, I had kids asking me more about where their food comes from (spurred on by the appearance of our food delivery truck), and many more consciously making choices about how much food they were eating at each meal. Small steps like these make me more optimistic about the future of food education!
Touch The Earth,
Emma — The Suburban Aggie