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Introduction to Food, Farming, and Community

Session 1

Summary

In this introductory session, learners share, discuss and reflect on the role and meaning of food in their lives, communities and cultures. To get acquainted, learners discuss their “food autobiographies” and share what they would include in their “personal food museum.” 

Guiding Questions

  • What foods and food related traditions are significant to each of us?
  • In what ways does food help define identities, cultures and communities?
  • What is “good food”?  What does it nourish?

Big Ideas

  • Food is a core part of identities, cultures and communities.
  • Eating is a biological need, but food can also nourish families, spirits, cultures and communities.
  • A food system is a series of interdependent elements that provides food to a community. This includes the growing, marketing, distributing, consuming and disposing of food. Food systems are comprised of human elements (farmers, gardeners, business people, and consumers) as well as non-human elements (stores, processing facilities, transportation).

Session 1 Materials


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"In 1980 we decided to grow food for people. I think one of the best things we have going for the farm - I almost consider as another crop - are the kids that work here. It's usually the kid's first job. . . They love it and they do good work! I think tha is a great benefit to the community to have jobs for young kids."

Jean Peterson, Delano, Minnesota -Wright County from Voices of Minnesota Farm Women, by Cynthia Vagnetti 2005.