- Danielle Simbeck
- Olympia, WA
- United States
How can we put agricultural/gastronomical programs in schools nationwide?
What if every child in American public schools got to: look at, learn about, grow and cook their own food at school? What of this were an integral part of a public education?
Many schools are already adopting programs that include gardening and cooking classes, such as Ann Cooper's program in Berkeley schools, and programs that specifically focus on bringing fresh foods into schools. But what if every public school was on track to in the next several years independently produce all te food necessary to sustain the students while they're at school?
Our food culture would shift dramatically if kids were interested in who grew the best celery stalks for the lunchtime meal instead of which kid could eat the most Cheetos in one go.
Ann Cooper brilliantly said "8-year-olds don't get to decide [what they eat] and if they do, you [the adult] should be in therapy."
I was born in 1988, and my parents lived by this. They put good foods on my plate, and I was eating them...or I wasn't eating. The summertime meant a break from school, and an increase in my time spet outside - gardening to grow the foods that my family would eat for the upcoming winter months. How many young parents do we see these days who are doing that with confidence and pride? Not the majority. I think that can change. And I think that schools can directly effect the integration of this mentality back into our culture. Making a nation-wide paradigm shift starts with the children, right?