Why learn about food and food systems?

Here is a great article shared by Heidi Carlone, a UNCG professor who is bringing her science methods class to the Edible Schoolyard this week: www.edutopia.org/food-school-garden-farm-curriculum While they are with us, these soon-to-be teachers will explore ways to integrate gardening with science, math, literature, writing, social studies, and the arts.  When children have a choice between learning indoors and learning outdoors, they almost always prefer outdoors.  When given the chance to grow unfamiliar food and eat it, or open a package of something unfamiliar, children will take what they’ve grown and harvested hands down.  Why make children sit at a desk and graph M&M colors, when they could graph classmates preferences for fresh carrots or turnips?

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