For Parents & Kids: FAQ & Useful Links
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I find good resources on food, agriculture and nutrition aimed at educating children?
If you belong to a CSA you should look to see if the farm has days when members can join to harvest and plant vegetables, fruits and flowers. Getting kids to help out, get their hands dirty and learn where their food comes from can be an invaluable lesson (and exercise!). If you don’t already belong to a CSA, see the answer above on how to find one near you. There are a couple of good documentaries that are appropriate for younger people and curriculum resources for guiding children through some of these issues. Eric Schlosser wrote a great children’s book called Chew On This: Everything You Don’t Want to Know About Fast Food.
There is also a young readers version of The Omnivore’s Dilemma now available. A couple of documentaries are out that are probably appropriate for at least middle schoolers. Supersize Me is worth seeing as is FRESH, which deals with the food system and features people like urban farmer Will Allen at Growing Power. The FRESH filmmakers have put together some curriculum materials. An organization called Spoons Across America offers resources, guidance and curriculum to parents and educators on food, nutrition and getting kids involved and interested in fresh food through hands on experiences like farmers’ market treasure hunts. In Pocantico Hills, New York kids can go to after school programs, summer camps and a variety of other food and farm based events at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. First Lady Michelle Obama’s new nationwide campaign Let’s Move aims to get healthier food in classrooms and kids more active. The Centers for Disease Control’s site BAM! is also aimed at getting kids to eat better and be more active. Empower Me is a site for kids by The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. PBS Kids has a website called Fizzy’s Lunch Lab that teaches young kids and their families about good nutrition, a balanced diet, and physical activity. Real Food Action has resources for kids including a “My First Organics” seed and planting kit.
Center for Ecoliteracy’s Rethinking School Lunch Guide contains tools for improving school lunch programs, showcases success stories and offers a list of resources.
The National Farm to School Network provides a long list of non-profit organizations working on school lunch reform and farm-to-school programs all over the country.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest comprehensive, downloadable School Foods Tool Kit packed with resources.
Chef Jamie Oliver resources, recipes and petitions from the chef and star of “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” on ABC.
Chef Ann Cooper’s blog musings of the “Renegade Lunch Lady.”
Supersize Me Morgan Spurlock’s documentary about a month eating only McDonald’s.
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture New York-based summer and afterschool programs.
Let’s Move Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign.
Fizzy’s Lunch Lab PBS Kids project about good nutrition for kids.
Real Food Action resources for kids including a “My First Organics” seed and planting kit.
Cooking Matters teaches families in low income parts of the Bay Area how to cook healthy foods and encourages shopping at local farmers markets.