Category — Children
A project to address malnutrition, particularly among children, by establishing comprehensive school vegetable garden programs in selected countries in Africa and in Asia.
Excerpt from their website:
School gardens are gaining prominence due to the promotion of balanced diets, nutrition education, and the development of livelihood skills (FAO, 2010). However, school gardens are not a new concept. In 1957, FAO and UNICEF started the so-called Applied Nutrition Programs aimed at improving nutrition through school and community gardens, which were sometimes combined with small livestock production and fish ponds (FAO, 1966). Drescher (2002) gives an overview of school garden programmes in developing countries and describes success stories as well as failures.
August 10, 2015 Comments Off on Vegetables Go to School – a nine-year, three-phase initiative
“We created Ag on the Go in order to provide fun, hands-on, science-based experiments focusing on food nutrition, farming and the environment to inner city schools that typically are not served by our Mobile Agriculture Education Science Labs.”
By Mark O’Neill
Media and Strategic Communications Director
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
July 29, 2015
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Friends of Agriculture Foundation is gearing up for the start of its new “Ag on the Go” program, which targets students attending inner city schools in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and York during the 2015-2016 school year.
“We created Ag on the Go in order to provide fun, hands-on, science-based experiments focusing on food nutrition, farming and the environment to inner city schools that typically are not served by our Mobile Agriculture Education Science Labs,” said Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) President Rick Ebert, who serves as chairman of the Friends of Agriculture Foundation. “A huge benefit of the new program is that it can be especially helpful to school districts struggling with tight budgets.”
August 5, 2015 Comments Off on Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Announces Support for New “Ag on the Go” Program
A guide to Vermicomposting ~ 2nd edition
By Larraine Roulston
The book’s sequel, ‘Pee Wee’s Great Adventure: a guide to Vermicomposting’ has Pee Wee describing an amazing adventure from a classroom worm bin to a backyard composter. Instructions are included on how to care for worms and harvest their castings.
July 15, 2015 Comments Off on Pee Wee’s Great Adventure
Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library
By Bonnie Worth (Author), Aristides Ruiz (Illustrator)
Random House Books for Young Readers
March 27, 2001
With the able assistance of Thing 1 and Thing 2 — and a fleet of Rube Goldbergian vehicles — the Cat in the Hat examines the various parts of plants, seeds, and flowers; basic photosynthesis and pollination; and
July 14, 2015 Comments Off on Oh Say Can You Seed?: All About Flowering Plants
“The children learn how to grow, harvest, craft and sell their food and they also learn about nutrition.”
Currently, EarthBites is partnering with five schools in Vancouver: Trafalgar Elementary School, Kitchener Elementary School, Edith Cavell Elementary School, Laurier Elementary School & Quilchena Elementary School.
July 14, 2015 Comments Off on EarthBites connects kids with their food through school gardens in Vancouver, BC
As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world.
By Peter Brown (Author)
Little, Brown Books for Young Reader
One boy’s quest for a greener world… one garden at a time.
While out exploring one day, a little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world.
July 14, 2015 Comments Off on Children’s book: ‘The Curious Garden’
His mother said, “I’m afraid it won’t come up.”
Ruth Krauss (Author), Crockett Johnson (Illustrator)
When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won’t grow. But when you are very young, there are some things that you just know, and the little boy knows that one day a carrot will come up. So he waters his seed, and pulls the weeds, and he waits…
July 9, 2015 Comments Off on Children’s book: The Carrot Seed – 1945
The author has published over 300 children’s titles
By Mercer Mayer (Author, Illustrator)
HarperCollins (March 1, 2011)
Little Critter® and his family plant some vegetables. After lots of watering, weeding, and waiting, they enjoy a delicious meal—all from their green, green garden.
Mercer Mayer began writing and illustrating children’s books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator’s books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.
July 5, 2015 Comments Off on Little Critter: A Green, Green Garden
But it is in a secret place that Lydia Grace works on her masterpiece — an ambitious rooftop garden –
By Sarah Stewart (Author), David Small (Illustrator)
Lydia Grace Finch brings a suitcase full of seeds to the big gray city, where she goes to stay with her Uncle Jim, a cantankerous baker. There she initiates a gradual transformation, bit by bit brightening the shop and bringing smiles to customers’ faces with the flowers she grows.
But it is in a secret place that Lydia Grace works on her masterpiece — an ambitious rooftop garden — which she hopes will make even Uncle Jim smile.
July 4, 2015 Comments Off on Children’s book: The Gardener – 1997
Other activities include learning about growing food, creating healthy soil, composting, and creating outdoor art.
By Katy Stites
June 16, 2015
Elementary aged kids are learning about local foods this week. As a part of a weeklong summer camp hosted by Matthew 25, a local non-profit, the kids are getting their hands dirty with planting and picking. They spend most of the week on an urban farm near downtown Cedar Rapids.
“There’s different kinds, bigger and smaller, and it’s just fun to try different foods,” fourth-grader Logan Liddiard said.
June 25, 2015 Comments Off on Elementary kids dig weeklong camp about urban farming, food in Cedar Rapids
Students are growing more than 9,000 lbs of vegetables a year
By Cindy Hsu
June 12, 2015
At the hydroponic greenhouse at Manhattan School for Children on the Upper West Side, students are growing more than 9,000 lbs of vegetables a year, using no soil, no pesticides, and only rainwater.
“It’s called VIG, vertically integrated growing,” 7th grader Equem Roel said.
It’s a way to grow plants using less water, space, and energy.
June 21, 2015 Comments Off on Greenhouse Project Classrooms in New York Give Students Hands On Experience With Conservation
Many students, both in elementary school and high school, gather there to learn some knowledge about hydroponics, study the importance and prospect of UPA, and enjoy the vegetable picking together with their parents.
By Jia NI
Chinese Academy of Agriculture Sciences
May 22, 2015
Excerpt from “Food For Cities”
As far as I know, the Urban farming/Urban Peri-urban Agriculture(UPA) is becoming more popular and attracting more attention from the city governors. Take Beijing for example. Since the beginning of this century, the local government, as well as academics and universities, have invested a lot of money and intellectuals in the relevant areas, hoping not only to improve the urban-rural linkage, but also to educate children by setting up some demonstration parks for the citizens, especially for young students.
June 2, 2015 Comments Off on China’s children learn about city farming
By Rebecca Crownover
January 6, 2015
Texas Farm Girl learns from her PawPaw what Reap What You Sow means when she makes a big mistake on the farm. The lesson learned from Reap What You Sow can be applied to all of us so that we can overcome adversity and Shine Like A Lone Star Pearl.
May 22, 2015 Comments Off on Texas Farm Girl: Reap What you Sow
Culinary Kids was honored with the Excellence in Education award by the National Association of University Women; Chef Marion Moses, Chef Malisa Rivera (not pictured) and their three children, CJ, Saul and Seth. Click on image for larger file.
The urban farmers grow everything from kohlrabi to collard greens.
By Mark C. Healey
May 5, 2015
Culinary Kids is run by the husband and-wife team Chef Marion Moses and Chef Malisa Rivera and has been in existence for the past 10 years, offering a multitude of programs and services to the community. They serve youth between 14 and 24 years old.
The group operates two urban farms in the Rockaways. The first site – Culinary Kids Garden – is located at 30-15 Seagirt Blvd. and is 72-feet by 104-feet. The second site – Farm Rockaway – is half the size of a football field and is located at 444 Beach 58th Street. Both farms incorporate their urban agricultural and gardening components for the Rockaway community in the attempt to create a local micro-food system for low-income community members.
May 17, 2015 Comments Off on Culinary Kids Receives Award with help from two urban farms in the Rockaways, New York
She started a farm-to-school program that now includes 76 school gardens.
By Chris Hardman
April 6, 2015
The companion program to the meal service is the Detroit School Garden Collaborative. Wiggins comes from a farming background and has maintained strong ties to the agricultural community. With the help of a school board member, she started a farm-to-school program that now includes 76 school gardens. To make sure gardens thrive, each participating school has to sign a contract committing staff time to maintain its garden. DPS employs a garden director, a farmer, and a horticulturist to run the program.
The largest DPS farm is located at the Drew Transition Center, a school for young adults with special needs. There, a 2-1/4-acre farm and 96-square-foot hoop house produce corn, greens, and root vegetables. More than 7,000 ears of corn from the Drew farm ended up on the plates of schoolchildren throughout Detroit last year.
April 22, 2015 Comments Off on How One Visionary Changed School Food in Detroit