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Author Topic: Edible Education and The Edible School Yard  (Read 4879 times)

September 09, 2009, 08:58:26 PM



I just cannot get enough of this! I really need to find a way to make this my life\'s work. It is so apparent to me that this is THE way to go. Such an obvious way to solve so many issues at once.

I read about Alice Waters in Chew On This and looked up more information about her and The Chez Panisse Foundation.  

You can read most of that part of the book on this link, scroll down to pages 247-251

http://books.google.com/books?id=XdkZb4tiIZUC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Chew+on+This#v=onepage&q=&f=true

The Chez Panisse Foundation - videos
http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/video

Edible School Yard video tour
http://www.yourhealthconnection.com/Imagebank/audio_flash/edibleschoolyard.html

home:  http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/welcome

more info on Edible Education with responses by Alice Waters and others:

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090921/forum_intro


Truth:  it's OK if they don't understand.  if you follow it, stay true to it, and respect it, you could be in store for the greatest journey you could ever imagine.


September 10, 2009, 06:01:18 AM
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Pretty amazing stuff. My parents came from farmers in Croatia, they have grown their own food until they came to this country in the late 50\'s. My mom still grows vegetables in her back yard, there is practically no lawn at all.

Too bad kids in NYC are surrounded by concrete, guess they could do it on a smaller scale.

I will show these links to my wife who is a 6th grade teacher, she will appreciate this greatly. Thanks for the info!


September 10, 2009, 06:08:52 AM
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Pretty amazing stuff. My parents came from farmers in Croatia, they have grown their own food until they came to this country in the late 50\'s. My mom still grows vegetables in her back yard, there is practically no lawn at all.

Too bad kids in NYC are surrounded by concrete, guess they could do it on a smaller scale.

I will show these links to my wife who is a 6th grade teacher, she will appreciate this greatly. Thanks for the info!


That\'s awesome!  Thank you!

It makes sense that much needed change on such a huge scale can come from something as simple, yet as universal as food :)

Truth:  it's OK if they don't understand.  if you follow it, stay true to it, and respect it, you could be in store for the greatest journey you could ever imagine.


September 10, 2009, 06:13:35 AM
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Even parents using this information and packing healthy organic lunches instead of contributing to the problems associated with cafeteria foods and fast foods makes a difference.  

Your wife will probably like SnackTaxi too - re-usable sandwich and snack bags.  Between these, unbleached wax paper bags, bio plastics and products sold at sites like Life Without Plastic, we can really make huge change in this way too :)

http://www.snacktaxi.com/

http://lifewithoutplastic.com/

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September 10, 2009, 06:19:57 AM
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p.s.

Even parents using this information and packing healthy organic lunches instead of contributing to the problems associated with cafeteria foods and fast foods makes a difference.  

Your wife will probably like SnackTaxi too - re-usable sandwich and snack bags.  Between these, unbleached wax paper bags, bio plastics and products sold at sites like Life Without Plastic, we can really make huge change in this way too :)

http://www.snacktaxi.com/

http://lifewithoutplastic.com/



My wife absolutely hates plastic touching her food or drink! When I show her this I will have to shield myself! She would rather wash a glass or ceramic cup than drink from a plastic cup. Same with plastic plates, microwaving is an especially a big no-no.


September 10, 2009, 06:27:51 AM
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My wife absolutely hates plastic touching her food or drink! When I show her this I will have to shield myself! She would rather wash a glass or ceramic cup than drink from a plastic cup. Same with plastic plates, microwaving is an especially a big no-no.



why will you have to shield yourself for showing her this?  
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September 10, 2009, 07:57:56 AM
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why will you have to shield yourself for showing her this?  


Because she always lecture\'s me on this exact issue-I\'m basically lazy and will drink from plastic throwaway cups, and will eat off coated paper plates just so I don\'t have to wash them. She, on the other hand, will do the extra work (putting glasses in the dishwasher). I work at home, so I\'m usually the one that cleans up when the kids go to school and she goes to work. Me and the dog, and he doesn\'t help cleanup after the tornado departs daily-lol.


September 10, 2009, 08:28:39 AM
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We\'ve joined a local CSA (community supported agriculture) farm for about 3 years in a row now.  I love it.

Here is the article I read that made me want to join.  Read about the tomato.
http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/2106
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September 10, 2009, 01:01:37 PM
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We\'ve joined a local CSA (community supported agriculture) farm for about 3 years in a row now.  I love it.

Here is the article I read that made me want to join.  Read about the tomato.
http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/2106


The tomato example makes sense, and is something I never thought about. I guess I\'m too busy (or think I am) to be concerned, it\'s all about convenience. And I think there\'s the rub-speed. Fast food, fast access to food, without much thought about the content. I am guilty of this. As is most of society. My parents always said most Americans are spoiled and don\'t even know it. This makes sense to me now. So we pay not only with money, but with our prematurely aged bodies. I need to go think about this some more.


September 10, 2009, 04:32:32 PM
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My wife absolutely hates plastic touching her food or drink! When I show her this I will have to shield myself! She would rather wash a glass or ceramic cup than drink from a plastic cup. Same with plastic plates, microwaving is an especially a big no-no.


Egg, your wife is a wise person but I\'m sure you already know that.

one thing I love about where I live is that we have a 12 month growing season, growing and eating your own food is one of the most satisfying feelings imo.

we\'ve been using those snack-taxi bags for a couple years now - they are great!

we also use wrap-n-mats http://www.wrap-n-mat.com/
they are also great.

and Egg... lose that microwave, we haven\'t had one for years and I swear we eat healthier without one.
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September 12, 2009, 11:46:25 AM
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Because she always lecture\'s me on this exact issue-I\'m basically lazy and will drink from plastic throwaway cups, and will eat off coated paper plates just so I don\'t have to wash them. She, on the other hand, will do the extra work (putting glasses in the dishwasher). I work at home, so I\'m usually the one that cleans up when the kids go to school and she goes to work. Me and the dog, and he doesn\'t help cleanup after the tornado departs daily-lol.



Ah, I see now, hehe!

I\'m checking out the local CSA\'s Ella, thanks!

I already shop every Sat. at the local Farmer\'s Market and I grocery shop at local stores that carry locally grown organic produce.  My concern with CSA\'s is that I may wind up wasting and I can\'t stand waste!!  At least with the stuff I select, I\'m certain it will be consumed in the household.

I suppose Mrs. Egg wouldn\'t be interested in either SnackTaxi or Wrap-n-Mat due to the plastics that are in the products.  That was the one thing that almost prevented me from buying SnackTaxi, but for the time being, the non-use of baggies wins the contest, and SnackTaxi won because it\'s produced here in the US.








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September 13, 2009, 06:54:19 AM
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Ah, I see now, hehe!

I\'m checking out the local CSA\'s Ella, thanks!

I already shop every Sat. at the local Farmer\'s Market and I grocery shop at local stores that carry locally grown organic produce.  My concern with CSA\'s is that I may wind up wasting and I can\'t stand waste!!  At least with the stuff I select, I\'m certain it will be consumed in the household.

I suppose Mrs. Egg wouldn\'t be interested in either SnackTaxi or Wrap-n-Mat due to the plastics that are in the products.  That was the one thing that almost prevented me from buying SnackTaxi, but for the time being, the non-use of baggies wins the contest, and SnackTaxi won because it\'s produced here in the US.


We live on eastern Long Island where there are many farms. My wife just informed me that although we attempt to buy produce from these farms, the difficulty is finding ones that grow organic, as most use pesticides. I understand the farmer\'s dilemma here, as bugs and weather can destroy a crop. Wonder if there is a list of organic farms in the area?

Tough trade off on the snack taxi since you need a washable container. But at least with that solution you only use one bag. So Mrs. Egg says it wins over the throwaway bags. Recycled paper bags for the teens lunches, or $5 bills for lunch.

By the way, congrats on post #500:)


September 13, 2009, 08:43:56 AM
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We live on eastern Long Island where there are many farms. My wife just informed me that although we attempt to buy produce from these farms, the difficulty is finding ones that grow organic, as most use pesticides. I understand the farmer\'s dilemma here, as bugs and weather can destroy a crop. Wonder if there is a list of organic farms in the area?

Tough trade off on the snack taxi since you need a washable container. But at least with that solution you only use one bag. So Mrs. Egg says it wins over the throwaway bags. Recycled paper bags for the teens lunches, or $5 bills for lunch.

By the way, congrats on post #500:)



Yep - I\'d never allow a child to buy lunch at the school cafateria unless it was one like at MLK Jr.  That standard cafeteria food is worse than prison food.  It\'s disgraceful.  

Hey, I would have never noticed that #500, haha!  Thanks :)

I searched CSA\'s in my area and found organic farms.  Try searching that way.  There seems to be a LOT of organic farming going on out here so I can\'t imagine that there are none near you.  Do a little diggin :)





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September 14, 2009, 09:36:01 AM
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Guess we are a Plastic Nation-Plastination!-lol.

Funny, I did some digging (although not with a shovel) and found this farm about 20 minutes from my house that embodies just about all of the things discussed in this thread.

I\'m heading out there this weekend:)

http://www.goldenearthworm.com/


September 14, 2009, 12:52:36 PM
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