Exposing the Roots of Local Food Production

In this unit, students will learn about the local foods movement and how they can make a positive difference in their health, economy, and environment by choosing to live and eat locally. The teacher will utilize a variety of instructional methods to inspire a passion for local food. Literacy and curriculum integration is of utmost importance in this unit as students learn to apply the local foods movement to their everyday life.

Lesson 1: What is local?

Students will begin to understand the components of the food system and will be able to discuss basic agricultural terminology in relation to the local foods movement. Students will read and analyze excerpts from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a novel focused on local food decisions. They will compare American food culture with that other countries around the globe. The students will also begin a business plan for their own local food or agriculture product business.

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Lesson 2: Defending the local choice

Students will analyze the benefits and debate shortcomings of a local foods system. They will compare the modern food system and local foods systems.

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Lesson 3: How to Eat Locally

Students will explore options for obtaining local food products. Students will identify the basic components of a recipe and observe two local foods cooking demonstrations. They will then compare food preservation techniques and complete a canning lab with a small group.

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