Trying to get kids eating healthy can be difficult. Trying to get them to eat local, seasonal, sometimes unfamiliar veggies can be even more of a challenge. But pairing some seasonal fruits and vegetables with other foods they’re more familiar with can be a good way to ease kids into eating, and thinking more locally and sustainably. With a little creativity, you might find that … Continue reading Cooking With Kids: Simple Kid-Friendly Recipes
We are very excited to announce that the Plants to Plates Activity Guide is ready, and free to download here. What is Plants to Plates you might ask? The aim of the Plants to Plates program is to educate kids about how to grow, cook and choose foods. The Plants to Plates program is the result of over five years of program development. This program … Continue reading Plants to Plates Launch AND how to get kids to eat the good stuff?
This summer, I handed out digital cameras to bunch of 11 year olds (and some younger ones) and asked them to take pictures of what they’ve learned about food. As they scattered with excitement before I could even begin with the instructions, I realized this Photovoice project would have to be done a bit differently… Continue reading Kids and Cameras: a Photovoice project
We all know that it’s important to eat healthy food. Nutritious food choices give us energy and make us feel good. Food packed with nutrients and vitamins is an essential building block that helps young bodies grow and young brains develop, and can reduce our risk of a long list of diseases. So why is it that, in 2014, only 39.5% of Canadians reported (to … Continue reading Making Healthy Eating Fun!
Last month I was invited on a unique camping trip, this trip into Fundy National Park would be with a group of boys (12 to 17 yr. old) that have been forced into adulthood by the circumstances they face in their daily lives such as broken homes, addictions, violence, food insecurity, homelessness and troubles with the law. The goal of the trip was to bring … Continue reading Feeding Wild Boys – A wilderness food skills adventure
The EAC Our Food Project – Cumberland, has been working with local youth over the past two years on a variety of gardening and food skills training projects. In partnership with Schools Plus NS (https://schoolsplus.ednet.ns.ca/), students from the Amherst Regional District High School (ARDHS) and E.B. Chandler School, have participated in a number of work bees at the Amherst Community Garden. The proximity of these … Continue reading The Kids are Alright! Youth Engagement in Cumberland County
With the rise of electronics, children spend less time in the great outdoors. Not only does that mean that kids are more unfamiliar with their natural surroundings – as Jamie Oliver infamously discovered in the US on his television show, American Food Revolution – but it has also been linked to developing behavioural problems. Unsurprisingly, this has been termed – Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD). An … Continue reading Super School
Two photos by Lucia Araiza of Sustainable Expressions – Common Roots celebration Our friends at Common Roots Urban Farm have been busy. The landscape of the farm, a productive food and green retreat in the heart of Halifax, keeps expanding with each growing season! You may recall our blog updates on the greenhouse constructed this summer, or perhaps you visited the farm to buy produce from … Continue reading Kids Dig It at Common Roots Urban Farm
So you have a garden at your school, dedicated volunteers who help tend it during summer months, and lots of veggies to pick early Fall, when class is back in session. How do you ensure everyone has a taste of the harvest? The Oxford school answer: host a stone soup day! Through readings of the stone soup story, students were reminded that healthy food is … Continue reading Sharing the Harvest: Stone Soup Day at Oxford
My name’s Caitlin Eisenhauer, and this summer I’ve been working with the Ecology Action Centre’s Food team. Over the last few months, I’ve been developing and delivering a series of food related workshops to young families. Gardening is a great activity that the whole family can get involved in. Whatever your families level of interest is in gardening, there is always room to get the … Continue reading 4 Activities to Get Kids Keen on Gardening