Food Literacy in Farm to School

October is Farm to School Month! All month long, we’re celebrating local food with classrooms across the country.

We love the conversations that derive from asking questions about local food during Farm to School Month. Farm to School Month encourages students, teachers, and families to ask questions about local food in their area and to look for opportunities to purchase and eat food from local producers. Asking questions about your food and learning about the seasonality of local food can equip you and your students to make more informed decisions about food purchases that support personal your health, your local community, and the environment. We’ve compiled a few resources and activities to get you and your classroom thinking about where food comes from and its impact on the environment and communities.

Find Local Food Near You: Check out this Seasonal Food Guide to find what what local fruits and vegetables are growing near you throughout the year.

Food Production in the US and the World: The maps in this article describe our food production and consumption in ways that shed light to our global food use.

Water Use and Food: Producing food requires more water than you may think, and in the US, agriculture accounts for 80-90% of the nation’s consumptive water use. Which requires more water to produce: an egg or a cup of coffee? Investigate the water required to produce some common foods by looking at Food’s Water Footprint. Want to estimate how much water your household uses on a daily basis? Check out this Water Footprint Calculator. Notice which aspects of day-to-day living require the most water.

Food Waste: When it comes to food waste – just how much do Americans throw in the bin and what impact does that have? Check out this infographic from Sustainable America, which shows that food waste in the United States equates to about 20 pounds of food wasted per month per person!

Lifestyle and Ecological Footprint: If you’re curious to know your overall ecological footprint – this Ecological Footprint Calculator allows you to assess the environmental impacts of your lifestyle.

Food Literacy: Test your food literacy knowledge using this Food Literacy Quiz. What does an “organic” label exclude and how much sugar is in a bottle of soda?

We hope you’ll enjoy exploring these quizzes and infographics. Additionally, National Farm to School Network hosts a variety of events and celebrations. Check out their calendar to find one near you or use their Farm to School Toolkit to plan out your own celebrations for your community!