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Kids Cook Farm-Fresh Foods

An activity guide that links academic content standards to the real world through gardens, nutrition, cooking, recycling, and the environment.

Activities engage teachers and students in grades two through seven in exploring fresh, seasonal, locally grown produce through direct experience. Using tested recipes and farm profiles, Kids Cook Farm-Fresh Food links agriculture and the culinary arts to reading, mathematics, social sciences, and geography. This guide also links food and nutrition to the concept of sustainable agriculture, which is a commitment to growing and distributing food in an environmentally sound, economically viable, and socially just manner. Alongside instructional school gardening experiences, this guide helps students to develop a deeper understanding of where food comes from, and how farmers bring life from the land, while students apply math, language, and other core skills.

Complete Publication

Kids Cook Farm-Fresh Food (PDF; 5MB)

Publication by Section

Cover Page (PDF)

Spine (PDF)

Contents and Introduction (PDF)

Chapters 1-2 (PDF)

Chapters 3-4 (PDF)

Chapters 5-6 (PDF)

Chapters 7-9 (PDF)

Chapters 10-12 (PDF)

Chapters 13-14 (PDF)

Chapters 15-16 (PDF)

Chapters 17-18 (PDF)

Appendixes (PDF)

Glossary (PDF)

Questions:   Education and Nutrition Policy Unit | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, March 7, 2016
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