Quebec (province of): Roots around the world

Context:

The educational resource Roots Around the World is a collection of activities and projects designed for students of the three primary cycles and highlighting the positive role played by urban agriculture in South and North. Through a series of educational activities that focus on feeding city populations, health and the environment, children will discover that small gestures of daily life have a significant impact on their health and the health of their environment both locally and internationally. In exploring the international examples of urban agriculture, students discover the links in the food chain. While giving students an opportunity to learn more about the link with the world around them, these learning activities rooted in the school community. The use of the kit can lead to the development of a community garden in the schoolyard, allowing a good integration of the material but also the creation of close links between the classroom, school and the community.

Objectives:

  • Introduce the concepts, practices and benefits of urban agriculture in Quebec primary education program;
  • Understanding of international examples of urban food production;
  • Develop an awareness of the interdependence of people of different countries throughout the food chain;
  • Give students the necessary tools to help them make decisions in their daily lives can have a positive impact on their health and that of their environment.

Examples of specific activities:

  • To anchor the learning experiences of children, the activities will lead to concrete projects as follows:
  • Make seedlings in classes;
  • Develop a cookbook;
  • Organize a community organic meal.

Results:

Round 1: Development of a cookbook:

  • Activity 1-My Family: The food culture. Students share traditions and recipes from their familiy;
  • Activity 2-My neighborhood: The culture of its own food. Students invent a recipe with ingredients they can grow in their neighborhood. They also learn that we can grow plants in urban areas throughout the world;
  • Activity 3-My Planet: The international links of our food. Students make a fruit salad with ingredients from around the world and learn that we can consume local and imported fruit.

Round 2: Organizing a community meal

  • Activity 1-My Family: The food choice. The students explore various cultures and recipes of preparation techniques of family around the world.
  • Activity 2-My neighborhood: The origin of our food. Students take a walking tour of the neighborhood school to study the places where food is grown, sold and consumed and then create a map of the origin of these foods.
  • Activity 3-My Planet: Food, health and environment. Students with a role play about the lives of two tomatoes: one grown in a factory farm in Mexico and one in Montreal cultivated in a community garden.

Round 3: Greening the community

  • Activity 1-My Family: The agricultural traditions. A guest (senior) shares how people grew food when he was young. Students also learn the traditions of farming families in other countries.
  • Activity 2 -My neighborhood: Growing food in his community. Students learn the benefits of local and international production, and will visit a garden in the community.
  • Activity 3-My Planet: The food and waste. Students study the amount of waste produced by our food system and find local and international examples of urban agriculture waste reduction and composting through urban agriculture.

Project executed within the framework of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

 

 

Year: 
2007 - 2008
Contact Person & Details: 
Rotem Ayalon : rotem@alternatives. ca/ Anna-Lee Popham : annaleepopham@alternatives.ca
Locations: 
Canada