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Healthy Foods from Healthy Soils

Learn how food choices affect health and the community

Healthy Foods from Healthy Soils

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Healthy Foods from Healthy Soils

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Healthy Foods from Healthy Soils invites you and your students to discover where food comes from, how our bodies use food, and what happens to food waste. You’ll participate in the ecological cycle of food production > compost formation > recycling back to the soil, while helping children understand how their food choices affect not only their own health, but farmers, the environment, and your local community.

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Healthy Foods from Healthy Soils invites you and your students to discover where food comes from, how our bodies use food, and what happens to food waste. You’ll participate in the ecological cycle of food production > compost formation > recycling back to the soil, while helping children understand how their food choices affect not only their own health, but farmers, the environment, and your local community.
Elizabeth and Kathy use simple concepts and fun activities to show children the big picture—how quality soil is the basis of nutritious foods, and how eating a variety of wholesome foods leads to healthy bodies. Their program enhances existing curricula through methods that include writing, art, scientific investigation, music, and puppetry. Suggested resources encourage you to adapt the program to your needs, small scale or large. For instance, the activity “What If All I Ate Were Potato Chips?” encourages children to investigate the nutritional value of foods, while a seed-sprouting experiment “teaches through the taste buds.” School gardens such as an Appetizer Garden or the legendary Three Sisters, or a series of classroom worm-composting activities help students discover the role nutrients play in healthy plant production. Handy extension activities demonstrate ways that students can help effect change in their own lives and communities. Background information, suggested readily available materials, and clear instructions give you enough guidance to integrate these activities into your classroom right away.
This manual grew out of a successful pilot program funded by the USDA.

Reviews:

“… superb book…every K-6 teacher should see and use.The lessons…are keyed to the ‘Benchmarks for Science Literacy’…” – The MOF&G, June-August 2003

“…discover where food comes from, how our bodies use food, and what happens to food waste.” – Clearing:Environmental Education Resources For Teachers, Spring 2003

“…just what we need now!…this book is a great tool. Patten and Lyons make learning about food fun.” – Anna Blythe Lappe, Co-Author,

“extensive resource of activities…will keep youth actively engaged…discovering local connections between food, the environment, and the economy…” – Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, Vol 36, Issue 02; April 2004.

“…links to standards, extensive resource lists and background information for every investigation … highlights a vital area for study.” – Connect Magazine, May/June 2003

About the Authors/Illustrator:

Elizabeth Patten is a licensed dietitian working in the field of preventive health. She lives in Freeport, Maine, with her family and several thousand red wigglers.

Kathy Lyons is an environmental educator and puppeteer in Orono, Maine. Annelida the worm puppet was first created for a recycling program but has happily joined the team as “spokesworm” for the Healthy Foods from Healthy Soils project.

Helen Stevens is an illustrator and graphic artist in Gardiner, Maine.

Additional Information

Weight1.7 lbs
Dimensions10.8 x 8.50 x 0.7 in
Pages

272

Illustrator

Helen Stevens

ISBN

978-0-88448-242-0

Format

Paperback

Author

Elizabeth Patten and Kathy Lyons

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