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Food Literacy:Understanding the impact of your food choices on your health, the environment, and our economy.”

The Biggest Little Farm

A film that can be found on Netflix or Google Play

In 2010, married couple Molly and John Chester decide to leave their old lives in Los Angeles behind and purchase an abandoned, 200-acre farm in Moorpark, California. Rechristening it “Apricot Lane Farms”, the couple spends the next seven years transforming the arid landscape into a fully functional farm and biodiverse habitat for neighboring flora and fauna. They face hardship as the difficulties of keeping a farm running mount up, culminating in frustration and anger, but also happiness at their harmonious relationship with nature.

The Comox Valley’s Local LUSH Valley offers support for families in many different forms. One of which is their Supportive Student Learning & Healthy Eating programs.  Look up the Facebook page for ideas and contact LUSH Valley for support with your school programs. 

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Take a look at Canada’s new Food Guide and the resources available through the Government of Canada Website.

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This Food Matters Action Kit is loaded with informative resources and hands-on, creative activities to inspire youth of all ages to prevent food waste at home, at school and in their communities. From organizing a Disco Soup party and learning food preservation techniques from elders to building worm composters and solar dehydrators, these activities are designed to encourage youth of all ages to start making a difference right now to prevent food waste.

The Action Kit contains two sets of activities, each addressing food waste from farm to fork. The Kids’ Action Kit is designed for ages 5-13, and the Youth Action Kit for ages 14-25, yet many activities are relevant for all ages, so explore them both!

Garden Workshop » Washington School Neighbors

Megan Zeni runs a gardening prep program in her local Vancouver school.  She inspires students and teachers to get out side and play in the dirt.  Follow her blog and check out her website for ideas, resources, and pro-d opportunities. 

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​ Hands on Learning  –  Healthy Local Food  –  School & Community Connections

Farm to School programs bring healthy, local and sustainable food into schools and provide students with hands-on learning opportunities that foster food literacy, all while strengthening the local food system and enhancing school and community connectedness.​

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​​A non-profit, charitable organization that works with educators to bring local agriculture to BC’s students.  Together with farmers, teachers, and agriculture specialists, they teach students about the story of our food in British Columbia.​

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Recommended Age:  Grade 8

Each book in ISSUES 21 is built upon an inquiry framework with three main components: an essential question, a sequence of instruction that provides modeling, mentoring, and monitoring; and a culminating writing activity.  Students are introduced to the topic via an open-ended inquiry question.  Students are challenged to investigate, analyze, and demonstrate knowledge of the real-world issues. 

NOTE: all ISSUES 21 resources are booked through the LRC | Education for Sustainable Living

Grade Level: Resources available for grades k-12

Understanding Food and Climate Change: A Systems Perspective explores the links between food systems and our changing climate with an emphasis on systems thinking. A systems approach helps to illuminate how seemingly disconnected phenomena are often dynamically linked and can be understood best when viewed in a larger context. This collection of essays contains an extensive bibliography that provides resources for further investigation.

This guide was developed to give insight into every aspect of fish as food for people around the world.  Includes information regarding seafood from a global context, commercial fishing, and people and fishing.  A great place to start when exploring fishing and food security.

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BC Dairy Association’s nutrition education programs and materials are designed to help make healthy eating achievable for all​.  This program shows how educators can help children learn how to enjoy food and eat well.  These resources make it easy to teach nutrition using BC’s new curriculum; available for the K-12 years. 

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The Farm Food Connection (1) (1).pdf

The Farm Food Connection introduces the animal welfare aspect in food production. Students will make connections between their life and farms, be introduced to the varying living conditions that farm animals have, and to consider the needs that must be met within those living conditions. Students will be asked to take what they have learned and discuss where it fits into their individual value system. From there, they can choose to educate their communities or families on what they have learned so that more people can make educated decisions when it comes to our food. ​​

aitc-canada-logo.pngCurriculum Linked Resources

AITC-C exists to help students across the country understand and appreciate how diverse agriculture truly is.  These resources will help younger generations to understand that our farmers work hard to produce good food. For students to see for themselves that our farmers care about the land and animals they grow.  Help them understand that there is so much to learn about agriculture in our community and our world.​

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An excellent resource for ready made lessons around a wide variety of food and agriculture related topics for all grades.  Use the search tool to find topics to pertain to what you are searching for.  All Canadian sourced material.

  • ​Apprentice Chief
  • Bio-security on the farm
  • Buddy Rabbit
  • Busy Bees
  • Choose Wisely
  • Dairy Days
  • Energy
  • Food Chains
  • From sheep to sweater
  • Genetics to bio-technology
  • Meet the farm animals
  • Properties of and changes in matter-bread
  • Pumpkins
  • What’s to eat

Agriculture Education-Educational Kit​  – Grade 7-9 resource- Agriculture and Environmental Educational kit!  Fun, hands on investigations and critical thinking activity guide students to reflect on multifaceted questions on environmental sustainability, through ​the lens of Canadian agriculture.​Topics covered include soil health and fertilizer use.

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The Think & Eat Green@School (TEGS) project has been working continuously since 2010 with the aim to bring food literacy to children and professional development in food literacy to schools in the Vancouver School District.​  the above link will bring you to their resource page filled with great local resources to help support you in your learning adventure around food and gardening in your schools.

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From the largest farm to the smallest market garden, agriculture thoroughly depends on climate. Learn more about how crops and livestock will be affected, and how farms and farmers can rise to the challenge of climate change. ​