Food for Thought: Nutrition and Education at AGC

11 Feb

                                                    Photo Credit: Jason Geil for the HSUS

Food Tank, a “Food Think Tank” addressing the flaws in our food system sat down with AGC’s Founder Sarah Elizabeth Ippel to talk about how nutrition impacts learning and interacts with curriculum at the Academy for Global Citizenship. The conversation ranges from food enhancing classroom vocabulary to helping other schools “Eat What They Grow” in their gardens.

A local produce tasting can enhance a lesson in adjectives, if the food is “fresh,” and “crisp,” and the flavors “rich,” “heavy,” “delicate” or “overpowering.” Our first graders enjoy a six week “Farm to Table” unit every year, during which they study the journey of food from the ground to their plates. We find food production is an incredibly effective way to teach sequencing. Our students are more engaged in their learning because the topics are relevant to their lives.

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