The Farm, Smart Fun and Food Literacy
Taking It From Farm to Table for Kids!
Welcome to the Kids Zone here at the Maberly Agricultural Society website!
Although it is indeed filled with things kids will love, this page is intended as much for parents, advocates and educators (if not more). We don’t expect too many kids to find their way here on their own, so it’s up to us adults to encourage these fun, educational and healthy avenues.
Having said that… If you are a young person who has found this page: SWEET!
Please do stay and enjoy the many fun and fascinating resources here, but always talk to your parents about anything that requires payment or registration details.
If you want even more recommendations, go back to one of our other Resource pages: [Better Farming], [Happy Farmhouse] or [Farm to Fork].
Let’s get this show on the road!
But where do we start? There are books and videos, clubs, free fun food games…
No, we’ve got it. It’s right in the title, and it’s the very foundation for all the fun we’re about to have.
What is Food Literacy? Definition, S’Il Vous Plait.
It would be our pleasure!
And it’s really quite simple: not rocket science whatsoever…
Not even agricultural science, although that’s hitting much closer to home.
So what is food literacy then?
It is the intelligent application of knowledge: about foods, how they are produced and their inherent values- both nutritionally and ecologically.
That may sound complicated....
But the most recent “Food Literacy Framework” from Public Health Ontario breaks it down even further, into quite detailed segments. So give that a read [RIGHT HERE http://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/ServicesAndTools/Documents/LDCP/Food%20Literacy%20Infographic_2017.pdf] if you’re looking for a much more extensive food literacy definition..
But let’s make it even simpler: it’s knowing what to eat and how to eat it.
Bam. That’s it…
Because a thoughtful, well-crafted story about the journey of our food from farm to table (for kids) will likely be the perfect food literacy definition (for all of us).
So let’s stop all this hair-splitting and get to the fun part!
There’s always far too much ado, and we’re always very sorry…
Food Literacy Fun First: Six By Sixteen, AgScape and More!
We may have spoken about a few of these groups elsewhere on the website, so we’ll link to any relevant information, but they deserve to be repeated anyway... Again and again.
Like the first recommendation we have for every child and teenager in the Tay Valley, a fairly simple initiative that just sings all the right notes...
Fostering the Next Foodies, with Six By Sixteen
A simple tool, really, brought to us by the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.
Food literacy and local food knowledge for youth. Bam.
And that’s exactly what sets Six By Sixteen apart from everything else: its simplicity and clarity. The website is beautiful too! Just enough bells and whistles to make it fun, but not so much that it gets overwhelming.
Beautiful style and colours. Big, chunky buttons for the important stuff.
Easy, common sense navigation. It’s just a nice website with a wonderful user experience.
The best part about Six By Sixteen, though, is its effectiveness and its ability to make food literacy fun and engaging for Ontario kids (and adults). It doesn’t try to be a handful of things… It won’t try to sell you anything, or ask for any personal information.
It does one thing, and one thing only:
“Six by Sixteen will help young people learn to plan and prepare six nutritious, locally sourced meals by the time they are sixteen years old.”
No more, no less: food literacy for kids.
And the local food knowledge with which to apply it too, because it’s not just about our kids’ health… It’s about the health and sustainability of our local food economy. “Six by Sixteen is the gateway to an extensive library of Canadian resources including how-to cooking videos, recipes and source guides for Ontario-grown food.”
Growers and producers, markets and farm stores, pick-your-own locations near you, and much more… Six By Sixteen certainly makes it easy for kids to find the local means to succeed with their six fresh, delicious dishes.
And it shines a spotlight on the many local sources we have for fresh food. That’s why we put it first, and it really is a great place to start.
But there are no rules here in the Kids Zone, and we’ve got lots more cool stuff to show you…
So we actually suggest you go through the Six By Sixteen platform twice! Start here, catch the food literacy bug and prepare your six locally-sourced dishes… But then- after expanding your food knowledge and learning new skills with some of the other resources- do the challenge all over again, and marvel at the progress you’ve made!
Take pictures too! Send them, with a little story about your Six By Sixteen journey, to us at [email@example.com]. We would love to see them, and hear your thoughts and experiences… And we may even feature you in a blog post or newsletter!
We talked about Six By Sixteen on [THIS PAGE] too, so take a look if you want.
Or click this following link to [VISIT SIX BY SIXTEEN RIGHT NOW http://sixbysixteen.me/]!
Kids can do this on their own, of course, or with their friends or family… But we also think it would make a wonderful addition to any school curriculum in the province, even just as a year-end supplement or as part of a Home Economics class.
If you’re a teacher or school administrator, please do consider trying Six By Sixteen. If you feel the same way we do, spread the word like it’s a horrible, horrible virus. And [tell us about it] too! We would love to hear about your experiences, and to see any pictures of your kids’ culinary creations.
While we’re on the subject of education, we have a few more very brief suggestions for parents and educators (and kids too) before moving on. A few more educational resources, actually, and two calls to action for our Ontario communities…
The Learning Stuff: Food Literacy at School
This is a tiny selection of the many great tools and resources out there for Ontario educators, so don’t just settle for what’s on this page… Always be on the look-out for new and relevant teaching materials.
But here are three particularly useful and interesting things we’ve found:
Number 1… This is actually two different resources, but they work perfectly together. The Kids Corner of the Foodland Ontario website is a quick look at individual foods, with fun facts, a quiz question and a recipe for each one. Even we have been having a blast with this interactive food literacy tool, so the kids are sure to love it. Don’t miss out… See it [RIGHT HERE https://www.ontario.ca/foodland/page/kids-corner].
Then there is the USDA Food-a-Pedia. Wow. Just wow.
Yes, it’s an American website… But don’t dismiss this wealth of nutritional information! It will tell you everything about every food item and ingredient known to man, so it gives you the science behind all the fun stuff you’ll learn at the Foodland Ontario Kids Corner. Click the link to [KNOW EVERYTHING https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/foodapedia.aspx] now.
Number 2… A simple, well-written and thoughtful look at agricultural farming in Canada, published by the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario. And it’s free, so download [Food for Thought: A Classroom Guide to Agriculture https://efao.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Food-for-Thought-with-cover1.pdf] today.
And number 3…
Ontario Agri-Food Education, or AgScape. Tell Your Friends!
No, really… tell every educator and administrator you can think of.
Or maybe you’re a Board Trustee, or an involved parent at your child’s school… Or perhaps you have a few teachers on your Facebook friends list, chums from back in your own school days. Tell them all about AgScape!
“As the voice of Agriculture in the Classroom Ontario, AgScape provides factual, balanced, curriculum-linked food literacy programs and resources to Ontario's educators and students.”
AgScape- or Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc.- is a registered charity, incorporated under the Ontario Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act, and is partially funded by OMAFRA. There are paid membership levels which allow AgScape to form valuable partnerships, within both the agriculture industry and the education sector.
But AgScape is always free for educators!
So if you’re a teacher or a school administrator, [become an AgScape member https://agscape.ca/register] right this instant.
If you’re just curious (and you should be), [check AgScape out for yourself https://agscape.ca]. You’re going to be talking about it a lot, so you should know your stuff. 😉
Change may be an uphill battle most of the time, but it’s always worth it (especially when it comes to our kids). And the Ontario Ministry of Education seems to be making some progress.
As of 2008, The Healthy Schools Act mandates that all Ontario schools must follow a new policy designating the acceptable types of foods and beverages they can make available. You can probably guess many of the things that miss the cut…
And this is a huge step in the right direction, but it’s up to us- as the parents (and the kids), community members, educators and administrators) to hold our individual schools accountable. These higher food standards will not only improve our kids’ health and food literacy, it will provide a needed boost to the local fresh food economy.
Winning, all around.
So get informed… Read the Healthy Schools Food and Beverage Policy Quick Reference Guide [RIGHT HERE http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/healthyschools/PPM150Quick_Reference_Guide_2010.pdf], or you can even see the original Healthy Schools Act legislation [HERE https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/s08002].
And while we’re keeping our healthy schools accountable, we might as well get them certified! OPHEA, or the Ontario Physical and Health Education Assocation, recognizes and awards schools which promote the health and well-being of the students, staff and the entire community.
The applications are closed for this school year, but let’s make an effort for next year. Here’s the OPHEA Healthy Schools registration page [RIGHT HERE https://www.ophea.net/healthy-schools-certification].
There are little nifty ways of getting the schools involved all over the place!
Like “The Great Big Crunch”! We aren’t saying another word about it, but doesn’t that sound intriguing?! We wrote a post about it, so [CHECK IT OUT] to learn more. And the Farm Creativity contest, brought to us by Farm and Food Care Ontario. You can learn about that [RIGHT HERE].
That was the first “call to action” that we mentioned before: holding our schools accountable. The second one is about community accountability...
Let’s Join the Ranks of Play Works Youth Friendly Communities!
Let’s face it: to keep today’s youth in rural Ontario, we need to start appealing to them. Even if they’re going to grow up to be rural leaders and farmers, they still need to be kids first.
The Play Works Partnership helps to make playing a big part of community life for Ontario youth between the ages of 13 and 19.
We talk about Play Works quite a bit on [Page 2] of our Resources, so we won’t go into too much detail here… Just a quick summary.
With recreation, arts and civic engagement as its yardstick, Play Works and its partners awards and celebrates communities who meet the “Good Practices” criteria they put forward. You can see the current guidelines [RIGHT HERE http://www.playworkspartnership.ca/sites/default/files/GoodPracticesReport2016Final.pdf].
So get on it. We want to see every community around us become an official “youth-friendly community”! Everyone can get on board: parents, schools, municipal officials, local businesses, and so on. We will be there to cheer (and write about it in a celebratory blog post).
So if you want to apply, or have a link to distribute within your community, then bookmark [the Play Works Application Page https://yfc.playworkspartnership.ca/]... And give this fancy-lookin’ brochure http://www.playworkspartnership.ca/sites/default/files/file/PlayWorks.pdf] to everyone you see.
That’s the end of the education and advocacy spiels...
But only the beginning of the fun!
Frankly, there’s nothing on this list that’s not in some way educational. Everything here is meant to be both informative and lots of fun!
And if we’re talking about getting youth engaged and having fun, then something would be amiss if we didn’t talk about the oldest rural youth club in Canada (and really the only relevant one we’ll mention at length here):
4H Ontario For the Win!
More specifically in our case, The Lanark Chapter of the 4H Association… But there are local 4H clubs all over the country. We rave about the 4H organization and offer a brief history on our [People page], so we won’t waste too much time here.
We will tell you only two things:
If you are between the ages of 9 and 21, 4H Ontario helps you develop life and leadership skills, while creating opportunities to make friends and have a blast.
On top of exciting members-only things like the Growmark essay contest, summer camps and the [Cloverbud Program http://www.4-hontario.ca/cloverbuds.aspx], there are lots of 4H clubs near you dedicated to specific hobbies, activities and age groups.
There’s usually something for everyone, or you can wrangle a volunteer into getting a new and exciting club up and rolling.
Visit the [4H ONTARIO WEBSITE http://www.4-hontario.ca/] anytime to learn about all the fun and rewarding opportunities for Ontario kids. Go to [THIS PAGE http://www.4-hontario.ca/4h-in-my-area/lanark/clubs.aspx] to see a list of clubs in the Lanark area, or contact the President of the Lanark 4H Association, Melissa Renaud, at 613-250-0438.
Refer to [THIS PAGE http://4-hontario.ca/4h-in-my-area/] to find your own local chapter of 4H Ontario.
There are two other youth organizations here in Ontario, but we will only mention them briefly: JFAO and CYFF.
The JFAO, or the Junior Farmers Association of Ontario, is a lot like 4H Ontario… but it’s a little more farming-oriented, and unfortunately more concentrated in the southern part of the province. It’s worth a look though, as it can still be a valuable resource to young farmers (especially if you live in the Toronto and Guelph area).
Click the link to head over to [the JFAO website] and have a peek.
And the CYFF, or the Canadian Young Farmers Forum, is the parent organization of the JFAO.
With Farmers Forums in every province, the CYFF works to train and educate young Canadian farmers and rural leaders, while creating opportunities for their civic engagement. Again, this may not be a convenient local organization for all Ontarians… But still a great resource.
Check out the [Canadian Young Farmers Forum] to learn more.
We want to throw in the last of the local recommendations for kids (and the whole family)… Three random things to do on a summer weekend afternoon: horse riding for kids, pick-your-own farms and Ontario markets. A very random list, yes, but all farm-related activities in the Ottawa and Tay Valley. And all fun for everyone!
So what’s the problem?
No Problem: Horse Riding For Kids is the Solution!
We’re half kidding…
But what is it with children and horses anyway? They go absolutely bonkers over them! It’s not as inaccessible as you may think either. We wouldn’t suggest that you buy and board a horse (although… no, forget it), but there are a few local places with affordable lesson packages and day camps.
Check these spots out, just to spoil the kids once in a while:
[Preston Rosedale Farm: Equestrian Facility and Riding School http://www.prestonrosedale.com/]
[Tay Valley Farm: Hunter/Jumper Facility and Riding School http://www.tayvalleyfarm.com]
Then, after horse riding for kids…
Visit Local Ontario Farms, Pick Your Own Fruit
Simple. And it has been a beloved pastime of ours for a very long time!
If there was a contest to identify the one thing synonymous with Ontario farms, pick-your-own berry and apple destinations would certainly be a frontrunner. We won’t say too much more… You get it.
But, seriously, there is a website for all these self-serve Ontario farms: Pick Your Own.
That’s what it’s called… pickyourown.org. Go to the clickable Ontario map [RIGHT NOW http://www.pickyourown.org/map.php?state=Ontario,%20Canada&thisfile=/CNON.htm&stateabbr=CNON] to find those closest to you.
The Pick-Your-Own website also has a mountain of related information, if you want to really dig in. Crop availability, canning and freezing instructions, related books and more. They have specific regional directories for other things too, like festivals and horse riding for kids... But the detailed listings for Ontario are spotty at best, so let’s help out. If you know of a farm that is not listed, tell them about it [RIGHT HERE http://pickyourown.org/suggest.htm].
Then Visit Ontario Markets, and Buy the Rest
Farmer’s markets, that is, but you knew that…
If there was a contest to identify the one thing synonymous with Ontario farms, it would be neck and neck between the pick-your-own farm and the Ontario market. And we’re settling it… It’s a tie.
And they’ve always existed side by side anyway. So do both.
Pick a few varieties of fruit, and then stop at an Ontario market on your way home for everything else. You can’t find food that’s more fresh, or at a better value.
Again, there is a website for all Ontario markets.
It’s called- surprise, surprise- Farmers’ Markets Ontario. [GO THERE NOW http://farmersmarketsontario.com/].
We talk about both pick-your-own farms and Ontario markets on [PAGE 3] as well, our Farm to Fork page… So check that out for even more information.
If, on the other hand, you don’t feel like picking your own fruit, maybe planting your own seeds sounds better.
Get A Children’s Garden Up and Growing!
We can’t expect them to be passionate Ontario growers later if we don’t get them hooked early on. All children- despite their level of interest in anything we’re saying right now- love (LOVE) watching seeds germinate and grow.
So there is opportunity.
Set up a small children’s garden (even put up a sign that reads CHILDREN’S GARDEN ONLY)... And those kids will catch the agriculture bug faster than you can say “Gesundheit!”
Kids don’t need anything too big or complicated either, so the survival seed vaults we recommend on our [Farm to Fork page] might be overkill. But check out these radical seeds from Zziggysgal (yes, that’s how you spell it)!
It’s a 12 pack of non-GMO USDA-approved heirloom vegetable seeds. High quality, fun style and easy illustrated instructions for growing and plant care. We really love these seeds. You can see them [RIGHT HERE https://www.amazon.com/Heirloom-Culinary-Vegetable-Seeds-pack/dp/B004QXUWAU/ref=pd_sbs_86_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B004QXUWAU&pd_rd_r=NXBG12ZBABFSBT3R3SK0&pd_rd_w=5e2wq&pd_rd_wg=H77PL&psc=1&refRID=NXBG12ZBABFSBT3R3SK0]!
If you need motivation (or just some cyber company) for your children’s gardening venture, there is a very easy-going and informative blog about growing food in an average Ontario backyard like yours. It even has occasional ideas and recommendations for kids.
It’s called (go figure) Grown In My Backyard… We have the most recent blog posts displayed for you, but check out the actual website [RIGHT HERE http://www.growninmybackyard.ca/].
And we stumbled upon this amazing little gardening flash card game that teaches you about the heroes and villains of your garden, and their relationship to a few of common foods you may grow. It comes from Canadian Organic Growers, and it’s totally free. Take a look at them [HERE http://cog.ca/ottawa/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Garden-Ecosystem-Game-Cards1.pdf]. Print them out to have fun with your garden!
It seems like we’re getting back into the food literacy conversation.
But nothing too heavy, we promise... It’s all fun from here on out.
Just to prove it: Go to [THIS LINK YTV Kid Food Nation! https://kidfoodnation.ytv.com] with your parent or guardian and sign up!
It’s YTV’s Kid Food Nation, an initiative presented by the President’s Choice Children’s Charity in partnership with, among others: The Canadian Government and The Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. This is a legitimate, safe children’s food literacy area.
And it’s YTV, so you know it’s gonna be a good time! Fun videos, games, contests, local spotlights and so much more! We’ve signed our kids up… Now it’s your turn! Use the link above to surf the site a bit, or [CLICK HERE https://kidfoodnation.ytv.com/join-kid-food-nation] to register now. Like, right now.
See? We’re fun…
And we don’t give a horse’s behind what you say: READING IS FUN TOO!
We’ve picked out some of the best books we could find about farming, food and rural life. And you are going to love them… You got that?!
You wanted a food literacy definition, right?
Well, it all begins with curiousity and your own inclination to find out. These books, and others like them, are a good first step to empowering kids to live healthier lifestyles- and perhaps to write their own food literacy definitions along the way.
We won’t say too much about each of the books, but click the links to go to Amazon and learn more. As we said before, children should always ask their parents before clicking any “register” or “buy” buttons.
A Few Food and Farm Books for Kids
For a science-based look at food for young people, read either [Food Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Our Edible World” https://www.amazon.com/Food-Anatomy-Curious-Pieces-Rothman/dp/1612123392/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1612123392&pd_rd_r=YMVZEP51GFQ1J4MAZN0W&pd_rd_w=wClFv&pd_rd_wg=Yn3rr&psc=1&refRID=YMVZEP51GFQ1J4MAZN0W] or [How Did That Get In My Lunchbox: The Story of Food https://www.amazon.com/How-Did-That-Get-Lunchbox/dp/0763665037/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1517521366&sr=1-2&keywords=kids+farm&refinements=p_n_feature_five_browse-bin%3A2579000011%2Cp_85%3A2470955011]. They are both very fun and informative reads.
Once you know where our food comes from, you may want to prepare some. One of the best kids cookbooks on the planet is [Better Homes and Gardens’ New Junior Cookbook https://www.amazon.com/Better-Homes-Gardens-Junior-Cooking/dp/1118146069/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1517479236&sr=1-4&keywords=cooking+kids&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011%2Cp_72%3A1250221011].
If you’re going to be in the kitchen, you should have tools that fit you. Often overlooked by adults, kids can only effectively learn to prepare food if they have the right methods and tools. The methods can be taught with books like those above, but proper kids kitchen tools are found in too few Ontario kitchens.
So we have some high quality and affordable suggestions to get you started...
The TruChef brand has really stepped up the quality of kids kitchen tools. All three of our recommendations below are complimentary TruChef products with glowing reviews from kids and parents across North America.
We don’t like the cheap kids products out there (like the popular nylon and plastic knives) as they don’t mimic a real food prep experience. To properly learn a skill, one must use proper tools. Just make sure safety is a big part of the learning process.
This is the best kitchen basics kit on the market for kids. Real knives with blunt tips. Check out the [TruChef Kids Chef Set https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XBJ189G/ref=sspa_dk_detail_5?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B06XBJ189G&pd_rd_wg=jB4tb&pd_rd_r=FJXBW2DXTW50HGVCE9QQ&pd_rd_w=Kkmk8] on Amazon.
If the real knives make you nervous, get a pair of these [TruChef Kids Cut-Resistant Gloves https://www.amazon.com/TruChef-Resistant-Protection-Scissors-Vegetable/dp/B06W9MCX22/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1517535054&sr=1-2&keywords=truchef+gloves] for peace of mind. TruChef has the same product [FOR ADULTS https://www.amazon.com/Pack-TruChef-Resistant-Gloves-Contamination/dp/B01ICSCEQ4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1517536970&sr=8-2&keywords=truchef+kids+gloves] too.
And here’s a kitchen prep set with some other tools you’ll need, like containers and measuring cups and a kitchen timer. Click the link to see the [TruChef Kids Measure and Prep Set https://www.amazon.com/Curious-Chef-17-Piece-Measure-Prep/dp/B002OSQD4S/ref=pd_bxgy_14_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B002OSQD4S&pd_rd_r=4D5115WV8XCTJA4BRR4E&pd_rd_w=obUll&pd_rd_wg=weabn&psc=1&refRID=4D5115WV8XCTJA4BRR4E].
We want to bring it back to the bookshelf for just a few more recommendations.
Remember: reading is awesome, and you love it!
Let’s start, this time around, with the story of a boy farmer who learns how actions and attitudes can change the world… An important lesson for kids everywhere. To learn it, read [The Kid Who Changed the World https://www.amazon.com/Kid-Who-Changed-World/dp/1400324335/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1517536423&sr=1-11&keywords=kids+agriculture&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011].
And for a story about how farming can change the world too, read [The Good Garden: How One Family Went From Hunger to Having Enough https://www.amazon.com/Good-Garden-Family-Hunger-CitizenKid/dp/1554534887/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1517536188&sr=1-3&keywords=kids+agriculture&refinements=p_85%3A2470955011].
For a fun and basic look at farms, read [Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life https://www.amazon.com/Farm-Anatomy-Curious-Country-Rothman/dp/1603429816/ref=zg_bs_3049031_16?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=AKVKXZMFM4T40ZC9M5WK].
And for the low-down on the soil in your children’s garden, read [Dirt: The Scoop on Soil https://www.amazon.com/Dirt-Scoop-Soil-Amazing-Science/dp/1404803319/ref=pd_sbs_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1404803319&pd_rd_r=TDA7R3V3JANZE8NNM8YW&pd_rd_w=2cub8&pd_rd_wg=aI5Iy&psc=1&refRID=TDA7R3V3JANZE8NNM8YW].
And we have one odd suggestion, as its not an informative book about food or farming, or anything of the sort. But it takes place on a farm, and it is one of the best children’s books of all time!
We need to keep it relevant for today’s kids, so we’re recommending that everyone read (or re-read) [Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White https://www.amazon.com/Charlottes-Web-B-White/dp/0061124958/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&rps=1&ie=UTF8&qid=1517521366&sr=1-11&keywords=kids+farm&refinements=p_n_feature_five_browse-bin%3A2579000011%2Cp_85%3A2470955011].
Our very last book recommendations are a no-brainer!
Loved by Ontario farmers for generations, and now available in a fun kids format… You need to check out [The Old Farmer’s Almanac For Kids https://www.amazon.com/Old-Farmers-Almanac-Kids/dp/1571987436/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1516580321&sr=1-1&keywords=farmers+almanac+kids].
And they wrote an actual book for kids too, explaining what they do, called “What is an Almanac, and How Do Farmers Use it?” It’s worth a read, and you can see it [RIGHT HERE https://www.amazon.com/Farmers-Almanac-What-Farming-Kids/dp/1683766156/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1516580321&sr=1-7&keywords=farmers+almanac+kids].
From The Farmers Almanac for Kids, to... Almanac4Kids?
Yes. There is a whole Farmer’s Almanac website for Kids!
It has everything you would expect. And, needless to say, you should [GO THERE NOW http://www.almanac4kids.com/] and bookmark it.
If you’re still here, nice work! That was a lot of reading, and a lot of different resources to discover. We hope you’ve been able to get some value out of all the work we put into this list.
It’s far too difficult to find fun and wholesome things for kids to do these days, and we want to give you a few options. Anything to get them away from the tablets and video games.
This is a page of simple food and farming activity papers that you can print out and use anytime. They’ve been arranged by season. They are a fun, interactive and absolutely free! Check them out at the Ontario Farm Fresh website [HERE http://ontariofarmfresh.com/consumers/colouring-for-kids/].
Our last two recommendations are for those few kids who need a video game to get the ball rolling. These two games, released by the USDA, are about healthy eating and exercise. While having fun, kids will be learning food literacy and healthy lifestyle choices.
Blast Off is a simple game where you fill your rocket ship’s fuel tank with food and exercise to blast off. They need to make the right decisions to avoid crash landing! [TRY IT HERE https://www.fns.usda.gov/blastoff].
And Trainer is a little more involved… It pairs you with a creature that you must take care of, by feeding it and exercising together. Trainer has been widely acclaimed, and is definitely worth a try. Check it out [RIGHT HERE http://www.davidvillatoro.com/games/trainer/].
And that’s it!
When we first had the idea to create this list, we thought it would be minimal. A small page with a food literacy definition, Six By Sixteen, some books and games… and then send you off to play and learn, and dig into your new children’s garden.
How much could there possibly be online for rural Ontario kids?
Well, apparently a lot.
And that doesn’t even count us!
Register for The Maberly Fair!
We almost forgot the most important resource of all...
The Maberly Fair happens every last Saturday in August, at the Maberly Fair Grounds. And there is tons of stuff for kids! Contests, animals, games, food, music and more!
Read the most recent Maberly Fair Book to get all the event and entry details. [CLICK HERE ].
And you can sign up anytime on our [REGISTRATION] page.
Or go to the [AREA] page to learn more about Maberly and the Tay Valley.
And- now that you’re an experienced chef, and a children’s gardening veteran- don’t forget to repeat the Six By Sixteen process! Send us your stories and pictures… We would love to hear about your experience.
Thanks so much for joining us!
i. Odph.Ca, 2018, https://www.odph.ca/upload/editor/Food-Literacy-Call-to-Action-FINAL.pdf.
ii. “Six By Sixteen.” Sixbysixteen.Me, 2018, http://sixbysixteen.me/.
iii. "Agscape: Educate + Inspire." Agscape, 2018, https://agscape.ca/index.