Food education in classrooms and homes

We support and center students as they learn and advocate for informed choices by bridging the lessons they learn in their classrooms to the foods on their lunch trays, at home, and in their communities.

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Highly motivated K–12 educators in the United States with an interest in implementing Pilot Light food education lessons consistently in their virtual and/or in-person classrooms are encouraged to learn more and apply for our Food Education Fellowship each spring.

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Educators, caregivers, and young people can also check out our free library of classroom-based and distance learning lessons, videos, and recipes, as well as community advocacy lessons to bring food education anywhere!

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We host professional development aligned to state standards and our own Food Education Standards. Stay tuned to our Calendar for upcoming events!

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Our ever-growing team is searching for champions of food and nutrition whose backgrounds reflect those of the students we reach and who can help amplify students’ voices.

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Food Education Standards

Learn more about the first-ever national cohesive model for classroom food education, incorporating food as a lens for traditional subjects, such as Math, Reading, History, and Science.

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This and every Thanksgiving, we’re thinking about Food Education Standard #2: Foods have sources and origins. We are acknowledging the native land we are on and the indigenous food grown on this land through the seasons. We honor and hold space for the folx who cultivate, forage, and prepare that food and their ancestral knowledge of this place. We express gratitude for the land’s bounty, and we are listening and uplifting indigenous chefs and foodways (check out our #linkinbio and our stories to hear about the true story of Thanksgiving and for indigenous chefs’ recipes using local fall ingredients as a way to show gratitude to their land).

As you are with your loved ones tomorrow, we hope you use these resources to acknowledge the land you are on, and you can use the mapping tool at the #linkinbio to get started. Continue by following, supporting, and sharing the work and knowledge of indigenous chefs and activists who are building food sovereignty for indigenous people.
Follow and support: Nephi Craig @nephi_craig, Sean Sherman @the_sioux_chef, Elena Terry @wild.bearies, Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz @kitchencurandera, Brian Yazzie @yazzie_thechef, Nina Sanders @apsaalookecurator, Natifs @natifs_org, Ancestral Guard @ancestral_guard, Twila Cassadore @twila_cassadore_, and many others...

Last Tuesday, our Food Education Support Manager, Caitlin Arens joined forces with the Chicago team of Ilana Marder-Eppstein, Sam Koentopp, Amina Bahloul, and Katherine Jerrigan from @biggreen to put on a virtual Garden Chat with educators. Caitlin showed how two different vegetables -- potatoes and green beans -- grow and demonstrated an easy and delicious way to prepare potatoes (or any root vegetable) and green beans your way using whatever form of vegetable - fresh, dried, frozen, or canned you have on hand. We also connected and shared resources on teaching and talking to students and our families about the true story of Thanksgiving and the important and essential role that indigenous food plays in building food sovereignty in indigenous communities across the country and world (including a clip from @gatherfilm)!

Thank you to the Big Green team for your continued partnership, patience with Caitlin’s food jokes, and for sharing your expertise with our teachers! Check out all the resources for this Thanksgiving on the @biggreen blog at the #linkinbio and some tips for growing and using one Caitlin’s favorite foods - garlic! And be sure to check out the Food Education Center at the #linkinbio for more lessons to teach about food through food!
#biggreen #pilotlightchefs #plteacher #vegetablegrowing #elearning

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