How To Use Locavore

Thank you for your interest in using this educational tool to use in your classroom. We hope you find this resource easy to use and fun for your group to participate in.

You can modify some of the suggested uses and hands-on gardens or fundraisers to appeal to any age. This learning tool is designed for young and old…Enjoy…

Growing Seasons need to be taken into account, be sure to check for a growing chart in your state.

Lesson Overview:

Participants will learn what a Locavore is & why they should strive to become a Locavore. They’ll see what they can do to contribute to their community and how to build an Earth Garden.

They will learn about their local growers, farmers & food sheds and how they can sustain and support their community, how local foods affect their environment and economy while learning a healthy lifestyle that can be carried on to future generations.

Objectives:

• To educate and explain the impact local foods have on our economy, environment & health issues in the United States.
• To eliminate misconceptions people have about local food, organic food and the people who grow them.
• To give a clear view of what a Locavore is and what it means.
• To inspire you to start a garden and grow your own food.

Materials Needed:

• Worksheets can be downloaded as a .PDF file from this page.
• You will only need additional supplies if your participants wish to make a graph or chart.

Activities:

Pick from the suggested list of activities below. Step by step instructions are provided for each activity.


Activity 1

Check Sheets: Benefits/Risks

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The worksheet gives each participant the opportunity to write the benefits and risks they perceive about eating or growing local foods prior to watching the movie and than again after the movie. This will give a nice balance to beliefs and misconceptions.

Activity 2

What You Eat

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Worksheet includes what’s eaten before the film, where you shop and money spent. Reprint the worksheet after the movie to include what’s eaten after viewing the film, where you shop and money spent.

Activity 3

Group Activity

1. Divide the class into two or three groups:
• Organic
• Grow you own
• Store bought (grocery chain)

2. Assign each group these 3 categories:
• Economy
• Environment
• Health

3. Each group will find out the affects of the 3 categories for their food source.
• Make a chart to show the positive effects of each category
• Make a chart to show the negatives of each category
(such as fuel used to transport food, the effects of pesticides and GMO’s, the distance food travels, immune systems, etc.)

4. Share the positive and negative charts for each group and plan an open discussion OR a debate.

Activity 4

Debate

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If you decide to have a debate from all 3 forums, ask for volunteers to judge and critique the debate. Give them the worksheet to fill out per topic debated.

Activity 5

Building a Community Garden

Understanding that a garden can be grown in large or small areas, take this time to plan your garden. You may have a local resident or business owner who may want to donate an area in your community (people in large cities have gardens on their rooftops) where this project can produce enough vegetables to share with the less fortunate in your area or community food bank.


Additional Forms to Use with the Movie

Movie Evaluation Form
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Project Evaluation Form
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Summary for Questioner
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Food Journal
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Releases and Fees

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