Explore lessons and fun activities for students in grades 9-12 that bring the growing process to life in the classroom and at home.

Here you’ll find lessons, activities, videos, and other resources related to gardening, for students in grades 9-12. No matter if you are a teacher, parent, kid, or kid at heart, all are hands-on, experiential, and fun! We worked closely with Louisiana educators to identify only the best lessons for teachers and link them to Louisiana State Curriculum Standards.

  • Beets & Carrots:

    Beets & Carrots:

    beets and carrots illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    National Ag in the Classroom: Journey 2050 – Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture

    Students will explore and understand the core question, “How will we sustainably feed nearly 10 billion people by the year 2050?” and begin to think about the challenges and opportunities presented by this question. Students will explore factors such as expected population growth, food waste, and various positive and negative factors impacting sustainable agriculture.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-ESS3-1,2,3,4,6
    HS-LS2-7
    HS-LS4-6
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    WG.5.2
    WG.6.1,6.2,6.3
    C.6.1,2,3,4
    C.7.2,4

    National Ag in the Classroom: Fruits and Vegetables – The Right Pick for Vitamins and Minerals

    Students will describe the farm-to-table process of common fruits and vegetables, recognize the nutrients fruits and vegetables provide, and evaluate methods of food storage and preparation for preserving nutrients.

    Fruit and Vegetables: The Right Pick for Vitamins and Minerals PDF

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    WG.1.4 3-H-2.3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.1

    Beet Root Membrane Permeability

    In these two video lessons students investigate the effects of a named variable on the permeability of cell surface membranes. Both videos are the same lab, but you can choose the variable that works best for your students.

    Video 1: Temperature

    Video 2: Ethanol concentration 

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS1-2, 3

    Beets & Carrots:

    beets and carrots illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Carrot Brochure

    Brochure containing carrot facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Carrot Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Hypertonic, Hypotonic and Isotonic Solutions!

    This is a good video to accompany the Bending Carrot Activity. This video is a review of hypotonic, hypertonic, and isotonic solutions and how they lead to plasmolysis, cytolysis, and dynamic equilibrium. In addition to tonicity, the video also covers concentration gradients, solutes and solvents, and whether you should drink salt water in a survival situation. (4:45)

    Can Ugly Fruits and Vegetables Disrupt the Grocery Biz?

    Imperfect Produce is a California-based company that is paying special attention to the fruits and vegetables that don't particularly look pretty. The company works with farms to provide an outlet for the produce grocery stores reject, but can this idea catch on with consumers? (4:40)

    Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables

    In our industrial world, these so-called imperfect fruits and veggies go straight to the dumpster and contribute to a shocking amount of waste. Intermarché, a French supermarket, came up with a brilliant concept — The Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables. They saved tons of perfectly edible food and put them where they deserve to be — in the produce section! To top it off, they educated the general public about how delectable these different fruits and veggies are. A success story that will connect consumers with what food can look like. (2:27)

    Purple Carrots or Orange: Who’s the Daddy?

    Short video on the origin of the different colors of carrots. (1:08)

    How to Grow Carrot Tops

    A short-time lapse video covering the growth of carrot tops. (6:40)

    Growing Carrots from Sowing to Harvest

    A how-to video on growing carrots, from sowing to harvest. (6:20)

    The Ugly Carrot

    This video is part of the Sustainable Agriculture lesson. After watching this video, ask the following questions: Have you ever seen a misshapen carrot or other similarly misshapen produce item at a grocery store? If you did see this carrot (or another similarly misshapen produce item), would you buy it? Why or why not? Would you pay the same price as if it were perfectly shaped? (0:54)

    Crunchy Carrots: From Farm to Fork

    Watch this video to see the farm-to-fork journey of carrots, from ideal growing conditions to harvesting and production, ready for you to buy in the shops. (3:49)

    Iowa Department of Public Health: Pick a Better Snack Fact Sheet – Carrots

    This site has a colorful printable fact sheet on carrots.

    World Carrot Museum

    The first virtual museum in the world entirely devoted to the history, evolution, science, sociology, and art of carrots. The mission is to educate, inform, and amuse visitors through the discovery, collection, preservation, interpretation, and exhibition of objects relating to the carrot. This site provides lots of interesting and useful information about the humble carrot. Students could create a carrot trivia game from the trivia page.

    Growing Beet Greens from Beet Tops at Home – with time-lapse pictures

    A short-time lapse video covering the growth of beet greens. (1:33)

    Farm to Fork Time-Lapse of Beets

    A short-time lapse video covering the growth of beets. (2:06)

    Harvest of the Month: Beet Botanical Image

    This site includes a colorful diagram of the anatomy of a beet for student research.

  • Blueberries:

    Blueberries:

    blueberry illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Drexel University: Build a Healthy Plate

    In this lesson students will build a healthy plate featuring the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines. They will explore the three components of building a healthy eating style: variety, amount, and nutrition. Students will learn to identify foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt. They will also list ways to shift to an eating style that includes healthier food and beverage choices.  

    Drexel My Plate Powerpoint

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.1,2.2

    National Ag in the Classroom: Fruits and Vegetables – The Right Pick for Vitamins and Minerals

    Students will describe the farm-to-table process of common fruits and vegetables, recognize the nutrients fruits and vegetables provide, and evaluate methods of food storage and preparation for preserving nutrients.

    Fruit and Vegetables: The Right Pick for Vitamins and Minerals PDF

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    WG.1.4 3-H-2.3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.1

    Blueberries:

    blueberry illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Eating Berries Every Day for a Week Will Do This to Your Body

    This video discusses the benefits of eating berries, with nutritional and other facts about berries. (10:14)

    One-Food Wonder: Blueberries

    A short video with nutritional and other facts about blueberries. (0:50)

    True Food TV: Blueberry | How Does It Grow?

    Besides showing how the blueberry grows today, this video gives an excellent history of the blueberry. (10:47)

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Blueberry Brochure

    This site has a full-color, printable blueberry brochure with consumer tips for choosing and storing blueberries, and a recipe. Other brochures at this site include snap beans, strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, and watermelon. Scroll down to find the blueberry brochure.

    How to Eat a Rainbow: 5 Shades of Nutrients

    Informative article for your students on what it means to “Eat a Rainbow.”

    5 Superfoods That Actually Live Up to Their Hype

    Informative article for your students on five superfoods, including the blueberry.

    Medical News Today: Everything You Need to Know about Blueberries

    Informative article for your students on blueberry facts and nutrition.

  • Broccoli & Cauliflower:

    Broccoli & Cauliflower:

    broccoli and cauliflower illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Florida Ag in the Classroom: A Rainbow of Nutrition

    p.80-95. Although this lesson is suggested for grades 3-5, it is an excellent lesson with resources to help older students identify the inherited traits of the different plant families, including the nutritional value that each family provides. In this lesson students will research foods made from plant families, identify family members and common nutrients, and create artwork depicting one family group or a food made from that family. This lesson contains beautiful full-color student handouts of the plant families and the nutrition that they provide.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS3-2 RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    3-H-2.3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.1

    Center for Ecoliteracy: Analyzing Food Ads (p. 48-55)

    How do marketing techniques influence what we eat? Today’s students must navigate a world filled with advertising and consumer marketing. By learning to examine this profusion of messages with a critical eye, they will be better able to make healthful and responsible food choices. Students will analyze food commercials or ads using Food Marketing Techniques.

    Also, consider inviting students to bring in ads or digital photos of billboards that advertise food. Then, students can design ads that influence fellow students to make healthy food choices by choosing cabbage, broccoli, or cauliflower instead of the unhealthy foods found in the commercials and ads.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    WG.5.5 3-H-2.1,2.2,2.3

    Broccoli & Cauliflower:

    broccoli and cauliflower illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Upper Valley Farm to School Network – Harvesting Broccoli and Cauliflower

    This video explains that the parts of broccoli and cauliflower plants that we eat are flower buds and stems, and discusses the nutrients that these plants provides for us. (4:33)

    True Food TV: Foods That Are Actually EDIBLE FLOWERS

    Even though we call them fruits and vegetables, everything from cauliflower to broccoli, and artichoke to fig, are really their plants' flowers. (1:41)

    Growing Cauliflower

    A how-to video for growing cauliflower, from seed to harvest. (4:16)

    True Food TV: Cauliflower | How Does It Grow?

    This video discusses the origin of cauliflower, explains that a cauliflower is a bouquet of flowers, and takes you to a commercial farm to demonstrate how they grow cauliflower. (4:03)

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Cauliflower Brochure

    Brochure containing cauliflower facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Cauliflower Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Learning About Broccoli

    This is a short video demonstrating that we eat the flower buds of the broccoli plant. (1:07)

    Bonnie Plants: How to Plant Broccoli Plants

    A short informational video on how to plant broccoli and other cole crops. (1:13)

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Broccoli Brochure

    Brochure containing broccoli facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Broccoli Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Broccoli Pedigree | PBS

    A short video vignette about why we have never stumbled across a wild broccoli. (1:58)

    Printable Vegetables Flashcards

    This site has 28 free, full-color printable flash cards to use for students to design ads to promote eating fresh vegetables, including four different varieties of cabbages. Also included are flashcards of cauliflower, broccoli, and Romanesco broccoli.

    Nourish Life: Nourish Short Film Guide

    With thought-provoking commentary and beautiful visuals, the Nourish Short Films DVD tells the story of our food through 54 bite-sized videos. Use the films to open meaningful conversations and inspire change in your community, school, and home.

    Nourish Life: Curriculum Videos

    Links for the curriculum videos from the video "Nourish: Food and Community."

    WorldLink Initiative: Nourish Food & Community Video (Full Video & Shorts)

    This is free to view from the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) if you apply for free membership. This may take up to a week and you have to revisit the site, log in, and order the DVD. The DVD will be mailed to you on the estimated delivery date. *This DVD is loaned to you from the DCMP Library and must be returned in the provided envelope. There is a library full of educational videos on a variety of topics that are free to view with this membership. This is an excellent resource for remote learning.

    WorldLink Initiative: Nourish Food & Community Curriculum Guide

    The goal of this curriculum is to actively engage students in a meaningful conversation about food and food systems. The activities give students opportunities to reflect on current food practices, to explore more sustainable ones, and to link their learning to relevant action. The curriculum is supported by a rich set of video resources found on the Nourish DVD. This includes a thought-provoking 26-minute public television special and a collection of 1- to 3-minute short films. A synopsis of the half-hour program can be found in the Nourish Viewing Guide on page 8. The Nourish website at www.nourishlife.org offers additional media and education tools.

  • Cabbage:

    Cabbage:

    red cabbage illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Florida Ag in the Classroom: A Rainbow of Nutrition

    p.80-95. Although this lesson is suggested for grades 3-5, it is an excellent lesson with resources to help older students identify the inherited traits of the different plant families, including the nutritional value that each family provides. In this lesson students will research foods made from plant families, identify family members and common nutrients, and create artwork depicting one family group or a food made from that family. This lesson contains beautiful full-color student handouts of the plant families and the nutrition that they provide.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS3-2 RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    3-H-2.3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.1

    TED-Ed: Do We Really Need Pesticides?

    This lesson will help students understand pest management. This an electronic lesson to accompany the video by Fernan Pérez-Gálvez who weighs the pros and cons of pesticides. The lesson consists of multiple-choice and discussion questions.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-EVS2-1
    HS-ESS3-4
    HS-LS2-7
    4-H-1.1,1.2

    Oregon Harvest for Schools: Pests and Produce

    This high school lesson gets students to look at how Brussels sprouts growing on a tight stem may provide protected homes for insects — both pests and beneficial insects. The video listed below, "Harvesting Brussels Sprouts," is helpful for showing students how they grow on a stem and are harvested. The TED-Ed video and lesson will also help students research the environmental impacts (good and bad) of pesticide use.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-EVS2-1
    HS-ESS3-4
    HS-LS2-7
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    3-H-2.1,2.2,2.3

    Center for Ecoliteracy: Analyzing Food Ads (p. 48-55)

    How do marketing techniques influence what we eat? Today’s students must navigate a world filled with advertising and consumer marketing. By learning to examine this profusion of messages with a critical eye, they will be better able to make healthful and responsible food choices. Students will analyze food commercials or ads using Food Marketing Techniques.

    Also, consider inviting students to bring in ads or digital photos of billboards that advertise food. Then, students can design ads that influence fellow students to make healthy food choices by choosing cabbage, broccoli, or cauliflower instead of the unhealthy foods found in the commercials and ads.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    WG.5.5 3-H-2.1,2.2,2.3

    Cabbage:

    red cabbage illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Cabbage Brochure

    Brochure containing cabbage facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Cabbage Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Growing Cabbages from Sowing to Harvests

    A how-to video for growing cabbages, from seed to harvest. (6:27)

    Nature Video: The Buzz about Pesticides

    Bees, the most important pollinators of our crops, are in trouble. All over the world, their populations are decreasing and scientists want to know why. In this video, Nigel Raine and Richard Gill introduce us to the bumble bees they study at Royal Holloway near London. Their experiments show that two commonly used pesticides affect foraging behavior and brood development, making bumble bee colonies more likely to fail. (3:42)

    Smithsonian: Slo-Mo Footage of a Bumble Bee Dislodging Pollen

    Buzz pollination is a special technique for dislodging pollen from certain types of plants — and bumble bees are among the few species of bee capable of doing it. (1:39)

    Cornell University’s Naturalist Outreach: Pollination – Trading food for fertilization in 3 minutes

    How do immobile plants reproduce? The most important way is by bribing animals to carry their pollen between plants of the same species. But different animal carriers have different needs and sensory systems, which plants respond to by providing different rewards and flower shapes. Dr. Mia Park explains how pollination works. (2:56)

    Consumer Reports: A Simple Trick to Tell if Produce is Organic

    It can be hard to decode all the labels you see in a grocery store produce section. Here’s how you can find organic produce even when you don’t see a label that says Organic. (0:47)

    Consumer Reports: When to Buy Organic – A Produce Cheat Sheet

    When is it critical to buy organic and when is it OK to go for conventional? Consumer Reports' new guide reveals which fruits and vegetables carry the biggest pesticide risk. Here, a quick buying guide for 10 popular items. (2:52)

    TED-Ed: Do We Really Need Pesticides?

    Annually, we shower over 5 billion pounds of pesticides across the earth to control insects, unwanted weeds, funguses, rodents, and bacteria that may threaten our food supply. But is it worth it, knowing what we do about the associated environmental and public health risks? Fernan Pérez-Gálvez weighs the pros and cons of pesticides. (5:17)

    Royal Highland Education Trust: Brussels Sprout Harvesting

    This video visits a Brussels sprout farm in Angus to learn more about the growing, harvesting, and processing of Brussels sprouts. (3:28)

  • Citrus:

    Citrus:

    orange citrus fruit illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    FDA Science and Our Food Supply: Pest Management Research Project (p. 56-62)

    Students will research the cause of citrus greening disease and the different methods that are being used to control the disease. Background information is found on p.56-57 and the answer keys are found on p.104-106. This plant lesson and videos illustrate how a disease can spread rapidly through a population using vectors, viral and bacterial reproduction and adaptation, and asymptomatic hosts, much like human diseases. This would be a good introduction lesson to help students understand how COVID-19 spread so rapidly.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS1-8 RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3

    Drexel University: Fear Factor

    Students play a game called “Nutrition Fear Factor.” It is a game of mystery that allows them to explore their senses of taste, touch, and smell without seeing. By the end of this lesson students will be able to explain the importance of fruits and vegetables for a healthy eating style. They will also be able to describe MyPlate guidelines for fruit and vegetable intake, and identify important nutrients found in fruits and vegetables.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    3-H-2.3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.1

    Citrus:

    orange citrus fruit illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Tangerine Brochure

    Brochure containing tangerine facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Tangerine Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Satsuma Brochure

    Brochure containing satsuma facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Satsuma Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Orange Brochure

    Brochure containing orange facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Orange Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Lime Brochure

    Brochure containing lime facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Lime Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Kumquat Brochure

    Brochure containing kumquat facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Kumquat Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Grapefruit Brochure

    Brochure containing grapefruit facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Grapefruit Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Florida Department of Citrus: OJ Nutrition Booklet

    This booklet is a trusted and valued source of nutritional information on citrus fruits.

    Center for Ecoliteracy: Nourishing Students: Posters

    Display these posters in kitchens, cafeterias, classrooms, and during after-school programs as a fun and engaging way to promote fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy eating. Each poster is designed to print 24" by 36." These posters won the 2018 Graphic Design USA award for Health + Wellness. This set of free, downloadable full-color posters features wildlife animals with the following fruit or vegetable: Radish, Strawberry, Grape, Tomato, Orange.

    Harvest of the Month: Grapefruit Botanical Image

    This site includes facts about grapefruit and a colorful diagram of the anatomy of a grapefruit, a lemon, and a lime.

    True Food TV: Why Ripe Limes Are NOT Green

    You've likely never eaten a ripe lime. Here's why in 60 seconds. (1:09)

    Amalfi Coast Lemons | A True Food TV How Does It Grow? Special: The Flying Farmer

    This human-interest video shows how some Italian lemon farmers grow their huge lemons in terraced gardens on mountainsides off the Almalfi Coast of Italy. From the town below, an 83-year-old, fourth-generation lemon farmer appears to be flying in the clouds as he climbs his arbors to harvest lemons. (11:22)

    How Orange Juice Is Made

    This video shows the process of making orange juice — from orange trees to orange juice. (6:39)

    True Food TV – Seedless Fruits: Are They GMOs?

    Revealed: the mystery of seedless fruits. Find out how seedless grapes, oranges, and cucumbers actually grow — and if they’re genetically modified organisms. (5:57)

    True Food TV: Orange | How Does It Grow?

    Very informative video on the varieties of oranges and how they are grown commercially. (7:38)

    Science IRL: Citrus Greening Disease!

    Citrus trees across the country and globe are being devastated by a bacterial infection known as citrus greening disease. Join us as we visit the lab of USDA scientist Dr. Michelle Heck to learn what she and her team are doing to combat this crisis! (9:10)

    How Does Huanglongbing (Citrus Greening) Spread so Rapidly? Answered by Dr. Neil McRoberts

    UC Davis plant disease epidemiologist Dr. Neil McRoberts explains how the interaction between Asian citrus psyllids, liberibacter, and citrus trees causes this deadly citrus disease to spread so rapidly. (8:37)

    CBS: Bitter Fruit – Citrus Greening Disease Threatens Florida Industry

    The sweet start to the day is now threatened by a disease that's laying waste to Florida's multibillion-dollar citrus crop. CBS News reports. (2:52)

    FDA: Science and Our Food Supply: Exploring Food Agriculture and Biotechnology – Teacher’s Guide for High School Classrooms

    You may be familiar with Science and Our Food Supply, the award-winning supplemental curriculum developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA). It uses food as the springboard to engage students in inquiry-based, exploratory science that also promotes awareness and proper behaviors related to food safety. The FDA has developed a new component to the program: Science and Our Food Supply: Exploring Food Agriculture and Biotechnology - Teacher’s Guide for High School Classrooms, 1st edition. Designed to be used separately or in conjunction with the original program, this curriculum aims to help students understand traditional agricultural methods and more recent technologies that many farmers use today. This is a free, downloadable curriculum.

  • Cucumber:

    Cucumber:

    cucumber illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Florida Ag in the Classroom: A Rainbow of Nutrition

    p.80-95. Although this lesson is suggested for grades 3-5, it is an excellent lesson with resources to help older students identify the inherited traits of the different plant families, including the nutritional value that each family provides. In this lesson students will research foods made from plant families, identify family members and common nutrients, and create artwork depicting one family group or a food made from that family. This lesson contains beautiful full-color student handouts of the plant families and the nutrition that they provide.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS3-2 RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    3-H-2.3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.1

    National Ag in the Classroom: Flower Power

    This is an excellent flower dissection lesson or pollinator unit that includes pollinator (bee) lessons and videos. Students will observe the anatomical structures of flowers and explain a flower's role in plant growth and reproduction as well as their connection to our food supply.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS1-4
    HS-LS3-2
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3

    National Ag in the Classroom: Journey 2050 – Technologies and Innovations

    Students will explore new technologies that will impact the future of farming, understand the role of developing countries in food security, and explain how consumers influence the production of food.  

    Journey 2050: Technology and Innovations PDF

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-ESS3-3,4 RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    WG.6.1,6.2
    C.6.1,6.2,6.3,6.4
    C.7.4

    Cucumber:

    cucumber illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Hydroponic Gardening: Grow Organic Plants Fast

    Virtual field trip to an organic hydroponic lettuce farm. Students will see how lettuce is grown hydroponically year-round. (3:06)

    Kids Gardening: Best Crops for Hydroponics – Growing Guide

    This guide discusses the best starter crops for beginning hydroponic gardening.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS1-4
    HS-LS3-2
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3

    Kids Gardening: How To – Starting Seeds for Hydroponics

    Although purchasing seedlings for your hydroponics setup is an option, many growers prefer to start their own plants from seeds. There are lots of practical reasons — and it’s fun, too! This PDF explains the process.

    Kids Gardening: Gardening Basics – Hydroponics

    This is a simple guide to the two main types of hydroponic systems: passive and active.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Cucumber Brochure

    Brochure containing cucumber facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Cucumber Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Disco Cucumber Time-Lapse

    Time-lapse video of a cucumber’s tendrils supporting the vine. (1:46)

    Pickle Time-Lapse

    Time-lapse video of a cucumber growing from flower to picking size. (2:39)

    Growing Cucumbers from Seed to Fruits Time-Lapse

    Watch an aquarium grow cucumbers from seeds to fruits to harvest. Fish waste in the aquarium contains rich organic fertilizers that can easily grow plants. In return, the plant’s roots will clean or purify the water for the fish. (6:54)

    True Food TV: Cucumber | How Does It Grow?

    This video discusses the origin of cucumbers, explains why cucumbers sometimes have a bitter taste, and takes you to a commercial farm to demonstrate how they grow cucumbers. (7:52)

  • Eggplant:

    Eggplant:

    eggplant illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Edible Schoolyard: Seed Sleuth

    In this activity, students will observe and compare seeds to match which vegetables are related to each other. Using the Seed Sleuth Chart, ask students to observe the size, shape, and color of the seeds to classify the vegetable into its plant family. For example, when comparing pepper, tomato, and eggplant seeds, students realize that they are very similar and that these vegetables belong to the same plant family. To take this lesson further, students can research plant families. Finally, students can expand their vocabulary through this activity, learning the definition of “sleuth” and “taxonomy.”

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS3-2

    Florida Ag in the Classroom: A Rainbow of Nutrition

    p.80-95. Although this lesson is suggested for grades 3-5, it is an excellent lesson with resources to help older students identify the inherited traits of the different plant families, including the nutritional value that each family provides. In this lesson students will research foods made from plant families, identify family members and common nutrients, and create artwork depicting one family group or a food made from that family. This lesson contains beautiful full-color student handouts of the plant families and the nutrition that they provide.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS3-2 RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    3-H-2.3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.1

    Eggplant:

    eggplant illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Eggplant Brochure

    Brochure containing eggplant facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Eggplant Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Harvesting and Saving Eggplant Seeds

    Saving eggplant seeds is very easy, and doesn't require fermenting. A couple of eggplants will produce many more seeds than you need. (7:31)

    I Grow Eggplant

    A farmer from Florida describes growing eggplant. (2:00)

    Oxidation in Apples

    This tutorial explains oxidation and how to stop oxidation on an apple slice down to the molecular level. This video can be shown before the eggplant lesson to explain oxidation and give students ideas for stopping the oxidation of their eggplant slice. (4:12)

    Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification with Thomas J. Elpel

    A quick lesson on Elpel’s pattern method of identifying plant families. (8:40)

    Botany in a Day Tutorial

    In this video Thomas J Elpel, author of "Botany in a Day," explains how to use the pattern method of identifying plant families. (46:03)

  • Leafy Greens:

    Leafy Greens:

    leafy greens illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Oregon Harvest for Schools: Kale Café

    Kale is known as a “super food” since it is so nutrient rich, containing vitamins K, A, C, and B6, along with potassium and calcium. It also includes antioxidants and phytonutrients that may help prevent cancer. Kale is easy to grow and cold hardy. Students can conduct cafeteria taste tests, with the winning recipe becoming a regular in the school lunch line. To further educate students on the benefits of eating green, students can create informational brochures, posters, and/or displays showcasing how kale is grown and the health benefits of eating kale.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    9-10.SL.1
    11-12.SL.1
    1-H-1.1
    1-H-4.2
    7-H-2.1

    Building an Inexpensive Hydroponics/Aeroponics System

    Scott Dekarske of Wet-Werk Hydroponics in Memphis, TN and Master Gardener Stephan Leonard show how to assemble an inexpensive aeroponics system. It only takes a few hours to assemble this system. This site has the complete materials list, building video, and other hydroponics basics videos.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-ESS3-3,4

    National Ag in the Classroom: Journey 2050 – Introduction to Sustainable Agriculture

    Students will explore and understand the core question, “How will we sustainably feed nearly 10 billion people by the year 2050?” and begin to think about the challenges and opportunities presented by this question. Students will explore factors such as expected population growth, food waste, and various positive and negative factors impacting sustainable agriculture.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-ESS3-1,2,3,4,6
    HS-LS2-7
    HS-LS4-6
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    WG.5.2
    WG.6.1,6.2,6.3
    C.6.1,2,3,4
    C.7.2,4

    National Ag in the Classroom: Aeroponic Engineering and Vertical Farming

    Students will use the Engineering Design Process to develop and construct an aeroponic garden to grow a food crop. Students will develop and apply an understanding of plant anatomy and physiology related to plant growth and ultimately discuss the possibilities and limitations of using vertical farming to produce our food.

    Aeroponic Engineering and Vertical Farming PDF

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-ESS3-3,4 RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    WG.6.1,6.2
    C.6.1,6.2,6.3,6.4
    C.7.4

    Leafy Greens:

    leafy greens illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Spinach Brochure

    Brochure containing spinach facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Spinach Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Collard Greens Brochure

    Brochure containing collard green facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Collard Green Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Strawberries, Spinach, and Kale Top “Dirty Dozen” List: How to Minimize Pesticide Intake

    Nearly 70 percent of conventionally grown produce sold in the U.S. was found to have pesticide residue, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group. Samantha Heller, registered dietitian at NYU Langone Health, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss how strawberries, spinach, and kale top their so-called "dirty dozen" list of produce with the most pesticide contamination. (4:16)

    Spinach Time-Lapse (40 days)

    A time-lapse video that shows how both leaves and roots grow on spinach plants. (2:34)

    Growing Kale and Collard Greens

    A suburban homesteader gives tips on growing collards and kale. (5:49)

    Growing Swiss Chard from Seeds, Days 0-31

    A home gardener describes the process of growing swiss chard from seeds in a container. (13:14)

    Minecraft Tutorial: “V3” Wheat, Potato, Carrot, Beetroot, Farm

    The future of farming demonstrated in Minecraft. (21:24)

    Farm of the Future

    This video features a Farm of the Future: leafy greens grown on a Minecraft-like vertical farm. Using aeroponics to mist nutrients and water to the roots of plants, this farm uses no soil and 95% less water than traditional farming. (3:37)

    Backlight: The Rise of Vertical Farming

    Food flats and vertical farming as an alternative to our inefficient food system: in order to do vertical farming in a sustainable way, we must integrate food production into the urban infrastructure for a significant part. At present, our food system is inefficiently organized: our food travels many kilometers, uses a lot of water, is wasted, and pollutes the environment. Nevertheless, the 7 billion inhabitants, often living in large cities, need to be fed. Food flats and vertical farming in urban agriculture are important alternatives to our current inefficient food system. (47:09)

    The Future of Farming

    Technology is revolutionizing farming. That's great news — by the year 2050 Earth's population will be 10 billion, so we need to almost double the amount of food we now produce. (12:28)

    True Food TV: Hydroponic Spinach | How Does It Grow?

    Very informative video on spinach and how it is grown hydroponically. (5:40)

    University of Maine Cooperative Extension: Best Ways to Wash Fruits and Vegetables

    This bulletin explains the best ways to wash fruits and vegetables, including leafy greens, to remove pesticides, pests, bacteria, and soil.

    Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation – Science 101: Leaves

    Leaves are the workhorse of plant parts. This resource page explains all the work that leaves do for the plant.

    Hydroponic Gardening: Grow Organic Plants Fast

    Virtual field trip to an organic hydroponic lettuce farm. Students will see how lettuce is grown hydroponically year-round. (3:06)

    Kids Gardening: Gardening Basics – Hydroponics

    This is a simple guide to the two main types of hydroponic systems: passive and active.

    Kids Gardening: How To – Starting Seeds for Hydroponics

    Although purchasing seedlings for your hydroponics setup is an option, many growers prefer to start their own plants from seeds. There are lots of practical reasons — and it’s fun, too! This PDF explains the process.

  • Lettuce:

    Lettuce:

    lettuce illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Georgia Organics: Lettuce Experiment

    Students will discover the function of a cell membrane and learn how materials move in and out of a cell using a lettuce leaf. Students will try to figure out what would be allowed into a cell through predictions, observations, and explanation. They will conduct an experiment to show the movement of water into and out of the cell.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    6-MS-LS1-1,2
    6-MS-LS2-1,3
    HS-LS1-1,2,3
    SL.HS.1

    Kids Gardening: Soil vs Water – Exploring Hydroponics

    This lesson guides students to compare plants grown traditionally in soil with plants grown hydroponically. This is an innovative and engaging way for older students to explore plant needs.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-ESS3-2,3,4,6
    HS-LS2-4
    HS-LS2-7
    HS-EVS1-1,3
    SL.HS.1

    Kids Gardening: Do-It-Yourself Hydroponics

    The idea of growing plants in nontraditional ways, like by using hydroponics techniques, can really capture students’ attention and get them excited about gardening. Prefabricated hydroponic units can be pricy, so this activity provides information about designing DIY options that may be a little more economical.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS2-7
    HS-ESS3-2,3,4

    National Ag in the Classroom: Desktop Greenhouses

    Do plants need light? Students investigate the importance of light to plants by creating desktop greenhouses and growing lettuce seeds. This lesson has a video, "Desktop Greenhouses," which provides a visual demonstration to accompany the detailed instructions found in the Desktop Greenhouses lesson plan.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-ESS3-4

    Florida Ag in the Classroom: A Rainbow of Nutrition

    p.80-95. Although this lesson is suggested for grades 3-5, it is an excellent lesson with resources to help older students identify the inherited traits of the different plant families, including the nutritional value that each family provides. In this lesson students will research foods made from plant families, identify family members and common nutrients, and create artwork depicting one family group or a food made from that family. This lesson contains beautiful full-color student handouts of the plant families and the nutrition that they provide.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS3-2 RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    3-H-2.3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.1

    Lettuce:

    lettuce illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Lettuce Brochure

    Brochure containing lettuce facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Lettuce Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    NASA Space Station Live: Lettuce Look at Veggie

    Astronauts on the International Space Station are ready to sample their harvest of a crop of "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce from the Veggie plant growth system that tests hardware for growing vegetables and other plants in space. (4:06)

    National Ag in the Classroom: Desktop Greenhouses

    Do plants need light? Investigate the importance of light to plants by creating desktop greenhouses. This video provides a visual demonstration to accompany the detailed instructions found in the Desktop Greenhouses lesson plan and kit. (3:02)

    Hydroponic Gardening: Grow Organic Plants Fast

    Virtual field trip to an organic hydroponic lettuce farm. Students will see how lettuce is grown hydroponically year-round. (3:06)

    Kids Gardening: How To – Starting Seeds for Hydroponics

    Although purchasing seedlings for your hydroponics setup is an option, many growers prefer to start their own plants from seeds. There are lots of practical reasons — and it’s fun, too! This PDF explains the process.

    Kids Gardening: Gardening Basics – Hydroponics

    This is a simple guide to the two main types of hydroponic systems: passive and active.

    True Food TV: 6 Amazing Heirlooom Lettuces to Plant Now for Fall/Home Gardening: Ep. 8

    Along with introducing her top picks for easy-to-grow, delicious lettuce, kale and mustard greens, Nicole Jolly of True Food TV explains the history of lettuce. (10:03)

  • Mushrooms:

    Mushrooms:

    Lessons and Activities

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    4-LS1-1 SL.[K-5].1-3
    RI.[K-5].1-3
    1.E.1 [K-5]

    Mushrooms:

    Videos and Other Resources

    Do Mushrooms Have Roots? A Lesson on How Mushrooms Grow

    The answer is ‘No’, but they do have a wonderful root-like structure called mycelium. (4:13)

    Mushroom Bloom Time Lapse

    Another time-lapse video showing the growth of multiple types of mushrooms. (2:14)

    Fungi Time-lapse Compilation 01

    Time-lapse video showing the growth of multiple types of mushrooms. (5:02)

    Discovery Channel: Mushroom Production

    A wonderful video that explains how button mushrooms are grown, from compost/soil preparation through harvest and then to the store. (4:30)

  • Melon & Watermelon:

    Melon & Watermelon:

    watermelon and cantaloupe illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    Florida Ag in the Classroom: A Rainbow of Nutrition

    p.80-95. Although this lesson is suggested for grades 3-5, it is an excellent lesson with resources to help older students identify the inherited traits of the different plant families, including the nutritional value that each family provides. In this lesson students will research foods made from plant families, identify family members and common nutrients, and create artwork depicting one family group or a food made from that family. This lesson contains beautiful full-color student handouts of the plant families and the nutrition that they provide.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS3-2 RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    3-H-2.3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.1

    California Harvest of the Month: Melons

    This Harvest of the Month newsletter has activities that give students the opportunity to explore, taste, and learn about reasons to eat melons. It also includes botanical information, melon history, and nutrition facts. Lessons include studying nutrition fact labels for different melon varieties, conducting a bug hunt in your school garden, and a melon math activity.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    3-H-2.3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.1

    Scientific American: Floating Eggs in Water

    This density demonstration teaches the concept that if an object is less dense than the water around it, it will float. Once students understand why the egg floats, use this concept to make a perfect cantaloupe or watermelon sorbet. Have students watch the video "The Trick to Making the Perfect Sorbet". This video demonstrates how to use a floating egg to adjust the density of a sorbet solution made with simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water solution) and pureed fruit such as cantaloupe or watermelon. Using the floating egg concept, students can make a sorbet that freezes perfectly. Students will need a food processor, a strainer, and an ice cream freezer.    

    Melon Sorbet Recipe

    6 cups of melon (watermelon or cantaloupe)

    ¾ cup of water

    ~2 cups of simple syrup (1 cup of sugar dissolved in 1 cup of water)

    1. Puree melon and water in a food processor.

    2. Drop a clean egg in the pureed fruit. (Do not crack the egg; put it in whole like in the Salty Science lesson.)

    3. Gradually add the simple syrup solution until the egg starts floating.

    4. Stir carefully.

    5. Continue gradually adding the simple syrup until the part of the egg that is exposed is the size of a quarter (see "The Trick to Making the Perfect Sorbet" video).

    6. Freeze in an ice cream freezer following the directions for the freezer.

    7. Serve the perfect sorbet.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    4-H-1.1,1.2

    Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom: Melon Meiosis

    Students will read about the discovery of colchicine, which made seedless watermelon possible. Students will use modeling clay and beans to model meiosis and mitosis. Students will design imaginary watermelons and write marketing plans for them. Students will examine the meanings of prefixes in scientific words.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS1-4
    HS-LS3-1,2
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3

    Melon & Watermelon:

    watermelon and cantaloupe illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Cantaloupe Brochure

    Brochure containing cantaloupe facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Cantaloupe Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Watermelon Brochure

    Brochure containing watermelon facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Watermelon Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    The Trick to Making the Perfect Sorbet

    This video demonstrates how to use a floating egg to adjust the density of a sorbet solution made with simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water solution) and pureed fruit (6 cups) such as cantaloupe or watermelon. Using the floating egg concept, students can make a sorbet that freezes perfectly: not too hard (not enough sugar) and not too slushy (too much sugar). (3:57)

    How Do Farmers Make Seedless Fruit?

    This video explains how and why seedless fruit are produced. (4:40)

    True Food TV – Seedless Fruits: Are They GMOs?

    Revealed: the mystery of seedless fruits. Find out how seedless grapes, oranges, and cucumbers actually grow — and if they’re genetically modified organisms. (5:57)

    True Food TV – SEEDLESS Watermelon: You’ll Never Guess How It’s Grown

    If seedless watermelons have no seeds, how exactly are they grown? And what about other seedless fruit? Bananas and seedless grapes — how do they grow? Prepare to have your mind blown. (3:39)

    How to Pick a Ripe Watermelon

    An informative video on how to know when a watermelon is ripe enough to pick. Some of these tips can also be used to pick a ripe watermelon from the store. (2:07)

    Watermelon from Seed: Time-Lapse

    A time-lapse video of a watermelon growing from germination (Day 8) to first true leaves (Day 39). (1:05)

    Learn Fun Facts About Watermelons

    A short video with facts about watermelons. (0:49)

  • Radish:

    Radish:

    radish illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    University of Georgia’s The Science Behind Our Food: Dose-Response Radishes

    This lesson serves as an introduction to the idea of toxicology and how different chemicals can influence living beings. Students will use the germination of radish seeds to experiment with different doses of toxins and observe the response.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS1-2,5,6,7
    HS-LS2-4,7
    HS-EVS2-1,2,5,6
    HS-EVS3-1,3,4,6
    SL.HS.1

    Food Corps: Rocks to Radishes – Understanding the Food System

    Students will make the connection between their food sources and geology. They will make the connection between the origins of food in nature and understand the important actors and stages involved from seed to fork. Students will develop a concept of what a “food system” is.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-ESS3-2,3
    HS-ESS2-5
    HS-LS1-2,5
    HS-LS2-4
    SL.HS.1 WG-2.1,4

    Nature Fresh Farms: Mindful Eating

    The purpose is to introduce the idea of being mindful and to teach students how to develop and apply healthy, mindful eating practices within their daily lives. Students will learn how to answer critical questions, such as: What is mindful eating? Why is mindful eating important? How can I apply a mindful eating routine to my life?

    Additional Materials:  

    Appetite vs Hunger Infographic  

    Mindful Eating Log  

    Mindful Tracker  

    Mindful Eating Powerpoint  

    Quiz: Mindful Eating

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.2

    Florida Ag in the Classroom: A Rainbow of Nutrition

    p.80-95. Although this lesson is suggested for grades 3-5, it is an excellent lesson with resources to help older students identify the inherited traits of the different plant families, including the nutritional value that each family provides. In this lesson students will research foods made from plant families, identify family members and common nutrients, and create artwork depicting one family group or a food made from that family. This lesson contains beautiful full-color student handouts of the plant families and the nutrition that they provide.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS3-2 RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    3-H-2.3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.1

    Radish:

    radish illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Radish Brochure

    Brochure containing radish facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Radish Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    How to Grow Radishes – Complete Growing Guide

    This growing guide will demonstrate how to grow radishes from start to finish. (6:37)

    Radish Time-Lapse (68 days)

    This is a time-lapse video of radishes growing. (2:35)

    Center for Ecoliteracy: Nourishing Students: Posters

    Display these posters in kitchens, cafeterias, classrooms, and during after-school programs as a fun and engaging way to promote fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy eating. Nourishing Students: Enrichment Activities for Grades K–5 coordinates with these five posters and makes after-school, out-of-school, and summer programs more memorable. Each poster is designed to print 24" by 36." These posters won the 2018 Graphic Design USA award for Health + Wellness. This set of free, downloadable full-color posters features wildlife animals with the following fruit or vegetable: Radish, Strawberry, Grape, Tomato, Orange.

  • Snap Beans:

    Snap Beans:

    snap beans illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    California Harvest of the Month: Green Beans

    This Harvest of the Month newsletter has activities that give students the opportunity to explore, taste, and reasons to eat green (snap) beans. It also includes information on its origins and how it grows. Lessons and activities include a school garden experiment, taste testing activity, and a cafeteria contest.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    3-H-2.3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.2

    National Ag in the Classroom: Is There Ever Too Much of a Good Thing?

    This activity directs students in performing an experiment measuring the growth of beans using too much fertilizer, too little fertilizer, and the right balance of fertilizer. Students will learn how and why farmers use the correct amount and type of fertilizer to grow crops used for our food and fiber.

    Is There Ever Too Much of a Good Thing? PDF  

    Journey 2050: Nutrients This is an accompanying video for this lesson. It discusses how nutrients are essential for life. They provide energy and support the growth and maintenance of our bodies, and they are essential for healthy plants as well. Learn about the role nutrients play in our journey to 2050. (5:04)    

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS1-3

    DocAcademy: Seed – The Untold Story

    These lessons and the video help students understand the diversity and function of seeds and their importance to human survival. Viewers learn about the efforts of individuals and organizations to collect and cultivate seeds, as told through a series of interviews punctuated with stunning slow-motion video of seeds. The film also digs into the conflict surrounding the uses of pesticides and the influence of large agribusiness corporations.   SEED: The Untold Story Video

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS2-2,6,7
    HS-LS4-5
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    WG.3.2
    C.6.1,6.3

    Snap Beans:

    snap beans illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Snap Beans Brochure

    Brochure containing snap bean facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Snap Bean Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Seeds of Time

    Available to rent for $3.99 from Amazon Prime Video. A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Seed banks around the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation and rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are affecting farmers globally. Communities of indigenous Peruvian farmers are already suffering those effects, as they try desperately to save over 1,500 varieties of native potato in their fields. But with little time to waste, both Fowler and the farmers embark on passionate and personal journeys that may save the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.

    Forever Securing World Food Supply with Crop Trust

    Follow world-renowned scientist Cary Fowler into the heart of the Arctic, where the Svalbard Global Seed Vault lies nestled in the frozen Norwegian landscape. Among the most important buildings in the world, the Seed Vault holds the key to human survival: more than 880,000 seed samples, the largest collection in the world. These seeds are critical because, unless safeguarded, agriculture biodiversity is at risk of decline in the face of changing environmental and population pressures. (16:10)

    A Rare Look Inside the Doomsday Seed Vault Deep in the Arctic

    If society endures an apocalypse, what will we eat?! Seed vaults are our food-preservation time capsule for the future. (5:23)

    SEED: The Untold Story video (can be streamed from Google Play for $2.99)

    This video helps students understand the diversity and function of seeds and their importance to human survival. Viewers learn about the efforts of individuals and organizations to collect and cultivate seeds, as told through a series of interviews punctuated with stunning slow-motion video of seeds. The film also digs into the conflict surrounding the uses of pesticides and the influence of large agribusiness corporations.

  • Squash:

    Squash:

    yellow squash illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    National Ag in the Classroom: The Science of a GMO

    Students will compare and contrast methods of selective plant breeding, describe the scientific process of creating a genetically modified plant, compare genetically modified soybean seeds to conventional soybean seeds, describe the impact weeds have on plant growth, and understand how a genetically modified seed can help farmers manage weeds.

    The Science of a GMO PDF

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS3-1,2
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3

    National Ag in the Classroom: Evaluating GMO Perspective

    In this lesson students will learn about transgenesis, a technology used to genetically modify plants. Students will learn what crops in the United States have been genetically modified and why a farmer might choose to grow a GM crop, and they will evaluate how social science impacts the implementation of technology in our food supply.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS3-1,2 RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3

    AgExplorer and Syngenta Virtual Field Trip: Educator Guide

    Introduce students to different strategies to meet the world’s food requirements while also focusing on sustainability. This virtual field trip provides students with an overview of the challenges facing food production as the world population continues to grow. Students will meet different professionals working to solve this challenge by combining biology, chemistry, mathematics, agricultural science, and marketing in a variety of careers. By the end of the field trip, students will be able to see how many different careers, combined with innovative technology, can make major contributions to food production while also producing less pollution and minimizing environmental degradation.

    Student Handouts: Handouts for students to complete after their Virtual Field Trips.

    Virtual Field Trips: Five Syngenta virtual field trips for students to explore careers in agriculture, including bioengineering and biochemistry.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-EVS1-1
    HS-ESS3-3,4
    HS-LS2-7
    HS-LS3-1,2,3
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    WG.5.2
    WG.6.1,6.2,6.3
    C.6.1,6.2,6.3
    C.7.2,7.4

    DocAcademy: Seed – The Untold Story

    These lessons and the video help students understand the diversity and function of seeds and their importance to human survival. Viewers learn about the efforts of individuals and organizations to collect and cultivate seeds, as told through a series of interviews punctuated with stunning slow-motion video of seeds. The film also digs into the conflict surrounding the uses of pesticides and the influence of large agribusiness corporations.   SEED: The Untold Story Video

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS2-2,6,7
    HS-LS4-5
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    WG.3.2
    C.6.1,6.3

    Florida Ag in the Classroom: A Rainbow of Nutrition

    p.80-95. Although this lesson is suggested for grades 3-5, it is an excellent lesson with resources to help older students identify the inherited traits of the different plant families, including the nutritional value that each family provides. In this lesson students will research foods made from plant families, identify family members and common nutrients, and create artwork depicting one family group or a food made from that family. This lesson contains beautiful full-color student handouts of the plant families and the nutrition that they provide.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS3-2 RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    3-H-2.3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.1

    Squash:

    yellow squash illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Winter Squash Brochure

    Brochure containing winter squash facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Winter Squash Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Summer Squash Brochure

    Brochure containing summer squash facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Summer Squash Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

    FDA: Feed Your Mind – Stakeholder Toolkit

    The Feed Your Mind initiative offers science-based, plain-language information in the form of web content, fact sheets, infographics, and videos that you can share with your constituents, members, partners, and other stakeholders to increase their knowledge and understanding of GMOs. There are many free videos, infographics, and PDF documents that can be downloaded from this site.

    Farmers 2050

    This is a free sustainability farming game. This game builds on the concepts introduced in the Journey 2050 program and adds real-life complexity.

    GMO Answers: How GMOs Made? The Genetically Modified Hawaiian Papaya Case Study

    Find out how GMOs are made by following the Hawaiian Papaya GMO case study. The Hawaiian Papaya is a good example of a GMO crop that was genetically modified because of a disease that had a negative effect on the quality of commercial food cultivation. The Papaya Ringspot Virus was ruining Hawaii’s papaya industry. So, scientists decided to use genetic modification to resolve this problem. GMOs are created to withstand certain environmental problems, like insects or diseases. In order to do this, biotechnologists take the following steps: first, they determine whether genetic engineering is the most effective way to solve the problem. Then they identify the genetic material that can solve the problem and copy the desired trait from a donor organism. This trait is then implanted into the host plant’s DNA. In this case, the GMO Rainbow Papaya was engineered to resist the virus. (5:31)

    FDA: Feed Your Mind – GMOs 101: Your Basic Questions Answered

    Feed Your Mind is the Federal Food and Drug Administration’s new education initiative to help consumers better understand genetically engineered foods, commonly called GMOs or genetically modified organisms.

    GMO Answers

    A genetically modified crop is a crop that has had its genetic makeup altered in order to produce a more desirable outcome, such as resistance to disease or change in size. This is a very specific type of plant breeding that takes the desirable DNA trait from one organism and implants it into another to create a new, stronger product — one that’s impossible to produce through traditional farming methods. Squash is one of the 10 GMO vegetables on the market.

    A Timeline of Genetic Modification in Modern Agriculture

    Most of the foods we eat today were created through traditional breeding methods. But changing plants and animals through traditional breeding can take a long time, and it is difficult to make very specific changes. After scientists developed genetic engineering in the 1970s, they were able to make similar changes in a more specific way and in a shorter amount of time. This is a free, downloadable graphic of the history of genetic modification in agriculture.

    History of Genetic Modification in Crops (Infographic)

    This infographic and other full-color PDF documents on GMOs can be downloaded from this page, after the article.

  • Strawberries:

    Strawberries:

    strawberry illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    FDA: Strawberry DNA Extraction Activity (p.17-22)

    In this activity, students’ interest in food science is enhanced through an engaging and fun activity — the extraction, isolation, and observation of the DNA from strawberries. Background information is found on p.17. Answer key to activity sheet can be found on p.99.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS1-1
    HS-LS3-1,2

    Center for Ecoliteracy: Seasonal, Local Food (p.26-34)

    In this activity, students research what produce grows in their area and in what season, and they learn about the advantages and disadvantages of eating locally grown food. They create a seasonal circle and a resource booklet for obtaining local produce to share with their families. Strawberries are one of Louisiana students' favorite seasonal, local fruits.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    WG.2.3
    WG.6.2

    National Ag in the Classroom: Fruits and Vegetables – The Right Pick for Vitamins and Minerals

    Students will describe the farm-to-table process of common fruits and vegetables, recognize the nutrients fruits and vegetables provide, and evaluate methods of food storage and preparation for preserving nutrients.

    Fruit and Vegetables: The Right Pick for Vitamins and Minerals PDF

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    WG.1.4 3-H-2.3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.1

    Strawberries:

    strawberry illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Nature Fresh Farms: Discovering the Future

    “Innovation—it is a word that you hear a lot in our business. Some use it as a marketing term and others truly facilitate innovation throughout their vision,” Peter tells me. “It has to exist at all levels. Innovation isn’t just products. It is your principles, it’s your philosophy, it’s a way of life. It’s who we are. We adapt to achieve those goals every day.” This is a resource on how Nature Fresh Farms uses innovation as a philosophy.

    California Department of Agriculture: Strawberry Fields…Forever

    Sakakihara Farms, strawberry growers, like other California growers, are learning to grow their crops despite drought conditions, by using newer high-tech tools that help monitor water and fertilizer use. (4:08)

    Syngenta Technology in Agriculture – Feeding the Growing Globe

    One of the greatest challenges of the 21st century will be feeding a growing world population in a sustainable way, with limited land and fresh water. Take your students on a virtual field trip to Syngenta’s Research and Development Center in Research Triangle Park, Raleigh, NC to learn how analytics, chemistry, agronomy, and biology are revolutionizing the way food is grown to help address this challenge. (10:07)

    Stated Clearly: DNA and How Does It Work?

    This animated short film has been made for those wanting a simple introduction (or even a refresher) on how DNA creates a living creature. In this video you will learn a bit about genetic code, DNA transcription and translation, and the importance of proteins in the chemistry of life. (5:23)

    How to Extract DNA from Strawberries

    In this video, Drs. Eric Green and Carla Easter from the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health demonstrate how to extract DNA from strawberries using everyday household items. (9:45)

    Strawberries, Spinach, and Kale Top “Dirty Dozen” List: How to Minimize Pesticide Intake

    Nearly 70 percent of conventionally grown produce sold in the U.S. was found to have pesticide residue, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group. Samantha Heller, registered dietitian at NYU Langone Health, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss how strawberries, spinach, and kale top their so-called "dirty dozen" list of produce with the most pesticide contamination. (4:16)

    TEDx – Our Local Food Blind Spot: Michael Rozyne

    Michael Rozyne is executive director of Red Tomato, a nonprofit produce "food hub" based in Plainville, MA. He's been marketing small farm products for three decades, including work on conventional and organic farms in Maine, and as purchaser/marketer for a regional food distributor in the Northeast. (12:08)

    Real Food TV: Why Are Strawberry Seeds on the Outside?

    Most fruits have seeds buried deep inside the fleshy part we eat. So why are strawberries so different? Watch this short video to find out. (0:45)

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Strawberry Brochure

    Brochures containing facts and recipes for blueberries, watermelon, snap beans, strawberries, tomatoes, and corn. Scroll down to find the strawberry brochure.

    Center for Ecoliteracy: Nourishing Students: Posters

    Display these posters in kitchens, cafeterias, classrooms, and during after-school programs as a fun and engaging way to promote fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy eating. Nourishing Students: Enrichment Activities for Grades K–5 coordinates with these five posters and makes after-school, out-of-school, and summer programs more memorable. Each poster is designed to print 24" by 36." These posters won the 2018 Graphic Design USA award for Health + Wellness. This set of free, downloadable full-color posters features wildlife animals with the following fruit or vegetable: Radish, Strawberry, Grape, Tomato, Orange.

    FDA: Science and Our Food Supply: Exploring Food Agriculture and Biotechnology – Teacher’s Guide for High School Classrooms

    You may be familiar with Science and Our Food Supply, the award-winning supplemental curriculum developed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA). It uses food as the springboard to engage students in inquiry-based, exploratory science that also promotes awareness and proper behaviors related to food safety. The FDA has developed a new component to the program: Science and Our Food Supply: Exploring Food Agriculture and Biotechnology — Teacher’s Guide for High School Classrooms, 1st edition. Designed to be used separately or in conjunction with the original program, this curriculum aims to help students understand traditional agricultural methods and more recent technologies that many farmers use today. This is a free, downloadable curriculum.

    Nourish Life: Michael Pollan: Why Eat Local?

    Food journalist Michael Pollan encourages buying local food to conserve energy, support farmers, and preserve the natural landscape. (1:58)

    Nourish Life: In Season

    Have you ever eaten a freshly picked strawberry in the height of its season? In this video, farmer Nigel Walker, Dr. Nadine Burke, and others share why eating seasonally is good for your body and the planet — and it tastes better, too! (2:05)

    WorldLink Initiative: Nourish Food & Community Video (Full Video & Shorts)

    This is free to view from the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) if you apply for free membership. (This may take up to a week and you have to revisit the site, log in, and order the DVD. The DVD will be mailed to you on the estimated delivery date.) *This DVD is loaned to you from the DCMP Library and must be returned in the provided envelope. There is a library full of educational videos on a variety of topics that are free to view with this membership. This is an excellent resource for remote learning.

    WorldLink Initiative: Nourish Food & Community Short Films Guide & Links

    With thought-provoking commentary and beautiful visuals, the Nourish Short Films tell the story of our food through 54 bite-sized videos. Use the films to open meaningful conversations and inspire change in your community, school, and home. The links to the short films are on the left.

    WorldLink Initiative: Nourish Food & Community Curriculum Guide

    The goal of this curriculum is to actively engage students in a meaningful conversation about food and food systems. The activities give students opportunities to reflect on current food practices, to explore more sustainable ones, and to link their learning to relevant action. The curriculum is supported by a rich set of video resources found on the Nourish DVD. This includes a thought-provoking 26-minute public television special and a collection of 1- to 3-minute short films. A synopsis of the half-hour program can be found in the Nourish Viewing Guide on page 8. The Nourish website at www.nourishlife.org offers additional media and education tools.

  • Sweet Peppers:

    Sweet Peppers:

    red bell pepper illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    National Ag in the Classroom: Filling the Global Grocery Bag

    Students learn what factors affect a country's ability to produce its own food and how food expenses differ throughout the world.  

    Filling the Global Grocery Bag PDF

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    WG.1.4
    WG.2.2
    WG.3.3
    WG.4.1,4.2
    C.6.1, 6.2, 6.3
    C.7.4

    Florida Ag in the Classroom: A Rainbow of Nutrition

    p.80-95. Although this lesson is suggested for grades 3-5, it is an excellent lesson with resources to help older students identify the inherited traits of the different plant families, including the nutritional value that each family provides. In this lesson students will research foods made from plant families, identify family members and common nutrients, and create artwork depicting one family group or a food made from that family. This lesson contains beautiful full-color student handouts of the plant families and the nutrition that they provide.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS3-2 RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    3-H-2.3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.1

    Sweet Peppers:

    red bell pepper illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    True Food TV: Bell Peppers | How Does It Grow?

    This is a very informative video on how bell peppers are grown commercially through traditional farming methods. (6:05)

    Nature Fresh Farms: Improve Yield with Priva Greenhouse Automation and Microsoft

    Nature Fresh Farms is one of the largest independent greenhouse-produce growers in Canada and uses Priva’s computer system. Nature Fresh is able to closely monitor its greenhouses: from temperature, humidity, and CO2 input to irrigation, harvesting, and product packaging. (2:27)

    Nature Fresh Farms: Using Bees to Pollinate

    Some of the hardest workers at our farm, bumble bees pollinate close to 600,000 plants a day, 7 days a week! Cam tells us about their important role in our growing process. (3:09)

    Nature Fresh Farms: A Bug’s Life – Using Beneficial Bugs to Help Grow Our Vegetables

    Our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy uses good bugs like lady bugs to eliminate the bad bugs to reduce the need for pesticides. The Nature Fresh™ Farms #BugBrigade uses up to 19 different beneficial bugs (bios) to control various pests throughout our greenhouses. (8:46)

    Nature Fresh Farms: A Day in the Life – New Year Means New Crops

    In this installment of his "A Day in the Life" series, Herman connects with our growers across all of our greenhouses in Leamington, ON to talk about tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers. From seedling to first picked fruit, learn how our veggies come to life. (10:14)

    Nature Fresh Farms: The Pepper Lover’s Guide to Sweet Peppers

    Crisp and refreshing, with flavors that range from tangy to candy-rivalling sweet, sweet peppers are some of the most popular, versatile, and healthy produce items out there. So… just how many types of sweet peppers are there? We’re here to share our favorites with you — from the sweetest Reds to the crispest Greens.

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Bell Pepper Brochure

    Brochure containing bell pepper facts and recipes. Scroll to the bottom of the "Bell Pepper Nutrition" paragraph to download the flyer.

  • Sweet Potatoes:

    Sweet Potatoes:

    Videos and Other Resources

    P. Allen Smith – How to Harvest Sweet Potatoes

    Harvesting and storing sweet potatoes. (3:15)

    Harvesting Sweet Potatoes

    Harvesting Japanese sweet potatoes in a small backyard plot. (4:04)

    Making It Grow – Sweet Potato Harvesting

    Sweet potatoes planting slips to harvesting on a large farm scale. (5:43)

  • Tomatoes:

    Tomatoes:

    tomato illustration

    Lessons and Activities

    TED-Ed: Amazing Ways Plants Defend Themselves

    Plants are constantly under attack. They face threats ranging from microscopic fungi and small herbivores like caterpillars, up to large herbivores like elephants. But plants are prepared with a whole series of internal and external defenses that make them a less appealing meal — or even a deadly one. Valentin Hammoudi explains some of the fascinating ways that plants defend themselves. The TED electronic lesson includes a video and a test.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS1-2 RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3

    Center for Ecoliteracy: The Story of Food (p.16-25)

    p.16-25. This lesson introduces the idea that all of our food involves a story, which often reveals a connection to the global community. It shows how some of our food is grown by local farmers and how some comes from producers halfway around the world. It suggests that, depending on what we eat, our food can either support local economies and preserve open space, or cause species loss and other problems. This activity compares the stories of commodity corn and heirloom tomatoes.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-ESS3-1,3,4 RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    C.6.2,6.3,6.4
    C.7.4

    Florida Ag in the Classroom: A Rainbow of Nutrition

    p.80-95. Although this lesson is suggested for grades 3-5, it is an excellent lesson with resources to help older students identify the inherited traits of the different plant families, including the nutritional value that each family provides. In this lesson students will research foods made from plant families, identify family members and common nutrients, and create artwork depicting one family group or a food made from that family. This lesson contains beautiful full-color student handouts of the plant families and the nutrition that they provide.

    Louisiana Student Standards
    Math Science English
    Language Arts
    Social Studies Health Art
    HS-LS3-2 RI.9-10.1,7,8
    RI.11-12.1,7
    WS.9-10.7,8,9
    WS.11-12.7,8,9
    SL.9-10.1,2,3,4
    SL.11-12.1,2,3
    3-H-2.3
    4-H-1.1,1.2
    7-H-2.1

    Tomatoes:

    tomato illustration

    Videos and Other Resources

    Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Tomato Brochure

    Brochures containing facts and recipes for blueberries, watermelon, snap beans, strawberries, tomatoes, and corn. Scroll down to find the tomato brochure.

    True Food TV: How to Grow Tomatoes That Taste Amazing!

    Pruning. Trellising. Sucker removal. Pest management...all the things you need to know to grow successful tomato plants. (9:31)

    True Food TV: Tomato | How Does It Grow?

    Tomato farming (commercial) is NOT what you think it is! Meet the farmers behind your pasta sauce, who grow and harvest plum-style processing tomatoes — the source of more vitamins than any other fruit or vegetable consumed in the U.S. The history of the tomato is interwoven into a virtual field trip to a commercial tomato farm. (11:02)

    WorldLink Initiative: Nourish Food & Community Short Films Guide & Links

    With thought-provoking commentary and beautiful visuals, the Nourish Short Films tell the story of our food through 54 bite-sized videos. Use the films to open meaningful conversations and inspire change in your community, school, and home. The links to the short films are on the left.

    True Food TV: Heirloom Tomato | How Does It Grow?

    Heirloom tomatoes are SCIENTIFICALLY sweeter than the round red ones that dominate our supermarkets. So why don't we see more heirlooms? Because they are insanely difficult to grow — and sell! A very informative video on how heirloom tomatoes are grown very differently than the tomatoes that are grown on a commercial tomato farm. (11:10)

    WorldLink Initiative: Nourish Food & Community Video (Full Video & Shorts)

    This is free to view from the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) if you apply for free membership. (This may take up to a week and you have to revisit the site, log in, and order the DVD. The DVD will be mailed to you on the estimated delivery date.) *This DVD is lent to you from the DCMP Library and must be returned in the provided envelope. There is a library full of educational videos on a variety of topics that are free to view with this membership. This is an excellent resource for remote learning.

    Center for Ecoliteracy: Nourishing Students: Posters

    Display these posters in kitchens, cafeterias, classrooms, and during after-school programs as a fun and engaging way to promote fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy eating. Each poster is designed to print 24" by 36." These posters won the 2018 Graphic Design USA award for Health + Wellness. This set of free, downloadable full-color posters features wildlife animals with the following fruit or vegetable: Radish, Strawberry, Grape, Tomato, Orange.

    WorldLink Initiative: Nourish Food & Community Curriculum Guide

    The goal of this curriculum is to actively engage students in a meaningful conversation about food and food systems. The activities give students opportunities to reflect on current food practices, to explore more sustainable ones, and to link their learning to relevant action. NOURISH VIDEO RESOURCES — The curriculum is supported by a rich set of video resources found on the Nourish DVD. This includes a thought-provoking 26-minute public television special and a collection of 1- to 3-minute short films. A synopsis of the half-hour program can be found in the Nourish Viewing Guide on page 8. The Nourish website at www.nourishlife.org offers additional media and education tools.

  • General Lessons & Activities:

    General Lessons & Activities:

    Lessons and Activities

    American Farm Bureau: When I Grow Up: Discovering Ag Careers

    Although this document is considered appropriate for grades 6-8, there is valuable information for students in grades 10-12 who are considering a career in an agriculture-related field. There is a growing demand for recent college graduates entering the workforce in the agricultural sector. The resources in this kit are based on nine agriculture career focus areas:

    1. Agribusiness Systems
    2. Agricultural Education
    3. Animal Systems
    4. Biotechnology Systems
    5. Environmental Service Systems
    6. Food Products & Processing Systems
    7. Natural Resources Systems
    8. Plant Systems
    9. Power, Structural, & Technical Systems
    Each area includes:
    • One lesson that introduces students to the career focus area and associated career opportunities
    • Three standards-based, interdisciplinary supplemental activities that each feature a different career from that area
    • One take-home activity sheet that introduces students to another career from that area through a fun, engaging activity.
    The resources are designed to focus on one career focus area each month during the school year. If you choose to follow this structure, we recommend having a weekly career day. The main lesson is presented the first week of the month, followed by the three supplemental activities. This is a free full-color downloadable curriculum.

    General Lessons & Activities:

    Videos and Other Resources

    Green Mountain Farm to School: Cooking with Kids

    Welcome to Green Mountain Farm to School’s Cooking with Kids Guide. We believe that cooking with students is a valuable learning opportunity, but we know it may be difficult to know how to start. After years of visiting schools to lead hands-on cooking and nutrition activities with children, we’ve developed a list of best practices and resources to help others bring the excitement of cooking to their classroom. Through planning and preparation, these cooking activities can become a highly-anticipated part of your curriculum. Use our safety tips, suggested recipes, and guidelines to bring cooking and nutrition education to your site.

    National Agricultural Literacy Outcomes

    Spielmaker, D. M., & Leising, J. G. (2013). National agricultural literacy outcomes. Logan, UT: Utah State University, School of Applied Sciences & Technology. Retrieved from http://agclassroom.org/teacher/matrix This free downloadable document outlines benchmarks related to agricultural literacy and academic achievement.