Food & Us
This high school lesson plan focuses on the importance of community-supported agriculture and, more specifically, the impact it has on refugee communities.
- Students will gain a better understanding of the value of gardening locally and globally.
- Students will be encouraged to get involved in local community gardens.
- It Takes a Community to Raise a Garden by JoAnna Haugen (RPCV Kenya, 2004-2005).
- Food Sovereignty by Kyle Freund (RPCV Guatemala, 2003-2006).
- Idaho Office for Refugees: Global Gardens
- More Than Just a Garden by Britney Tonning (RPCV Malawi, 2014-2016).
- Split the class into 2 groups.
- Have the first group read It Takes a Community to Raise a Garden and have the second group read Food Sovereignty. Both groups will read "More than just a garden"
- As a glass, explore the pictures on the Idaho Office for Refugees webpage of Somali, Russian, and other refugees working in gardens and selling their produce.
- Have the first group fill in for the rest of the class the information about how the community-supported gardens work and the value for the refugees and for the community. (Make sure students understand the term CSA - Community Supported Agriculture - and make references to local CSA's, if any, and how they work)
- Ask students who read Food Sovereignty to define that term. Be sure students understand why food scarcity is a problem for families in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Ask questions such as:
- In what ways are we in the same boat as the families in Mexico, buying cheap, processed foods instead of locally produced and healthier foods?
- What are the advantages and constraints for the consumer to buying as much food locally as possible?
- How do CSA's fit in the local economy?
To wrap up, ask the students: "So what?" Create a list of possible individual and group actions which might include such options as talking to local refugees about food crops they grew in their home countries, visiting a local CSA or inviting a CSA manager or member to talk, and even starting a school garden.
Framework and Standards
- The benefits of community-supported agriculture extend far beyond crop production.
- What are some of the benefits of CSA's?