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. 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.

Useful Links

Hudson Valley Seed educates kids in school gardens, teaching math, science, literacy and art while also addressing food insecurity, environmental ethics, student leadership, and community development.

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 Center for Science in the Public Interest comprehensive, downloadable School Foods Tool Kit packed with resources.

Rudd ‘Roots Parents is a project of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. Rudd ‘Roots Parents supports the grassroots efforts of parent advocates by offering information they can use to take action.

Chef Jamie Oliver resources, recipes and petitions from the chef and star of “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” on ABC.

Two Angry Moms a documentary about mothers fed up with nasty school lunches.

Chef Ann Cooper’s blog musings of the “Renegade Lunch Lady.”

Supersize Me Morgan Spurlock’s documentary about a month eating only McDonald’s.

FRESH documentary about the food system, including curriculum materials.

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture New York-based summer and afterschool programs.

Fizzy’s Lunch Lab PBS Kids project about good nutrition for kids.

A Fresh Approach teaches families in low income parts of the Bay Area how to cook healthy foods and encourages shopping at local farmers markets.