Garfield Farm and Tavern is a 281-acre farmstead and former 1840s teamster inn 40 miles west of Chicago and 5 miles west of Geneva, Illinois. When Timothy Garfield and his family built the brick inn on the family farm in 1846, it became a center for community activity. The museum brings together the farming experiences of the past 150 years with an appreciation of the natural environment that the Garfields found when they came to Illinois. The museum offers a variety of educational, family, and entertainment events.
This paper explores how concepts essential to ecological literacy can also guide strategies for overcoming barriers to introducing integrated, multidisciplinary pedagogy into school curricula. It examines how the crisis of childhood obesity and nutrition-related illness constitutes a point of systemic instability that creates an opportunity to integrate experiential learning and academics, and to promote ecological thinking while addressing mandated standards. It illustrates the contributions to environmental education that a small third-party organization with a clear conceptual framework can make.
While buying organic and locally grown produce has increased in America, there are still a large number of Americans who suffer from food insecurity. This article from Newsweek discusses the problematic issues of access to and availability of healthy foods.
The Local Harvest website can help you find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies. Yay!
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The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Food and Community Fellows View
The IATP Food and Community Fellows are innovative change makers who advocate for food and farming systems that are just and healthy for all people. Fellows use multi-media, policy advocacy and community engagement to promote fresh ideas on all aspects of the national food system—supporting culturally appropriate and environmentally sustainable farming, safe processing and distribution, fair labor standards, and healthy food accessible to all—especially our most vulnerable children.