For working with youth
With the delivery of research-based, high-quality, youth-focused curricula centered on local foods, educators in schools and early learning sites are supporting health and wellness of youth and communities. Culturally relevant food education can be incorporated into a multitude of learning environments- classrooms, school cafeterias, on-site gardens, early learning centers- to grow awareness of and opportunities for youth to have positive experiences with local food.
As local foods programming offers hands-on, exploratory education, it supports youth to develop lifelong confidence and care for these issues and more:
- Gardening and food production
- Culinary arts
- Nutrition and physical fitness
- Food science, biology, chemistry, environmental science, etc.
- Environmental health and stewardship
- Personal well-being and health behavior maintenance
- Social justice and equity
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