Discovering Our Food System

Discovering Our Food System is an interdisciplinary, community-based exploration of the people and
processes that shape our food system. Rooted in the places we live, eat, work, learn, and play, will help
youth better understand what the food system means to them, how it affects their community and their
health, and ways in which they can influence the food system.
This iteration is an extensive revision of the original, which was published in 2000. Our primary
audience is educators who work with youth ages 12-18. However, it is a framework and approach that is
adaptable to a wide range of ages and educational settings, including:
• students and teachers in a school-based classroom setting
• home school students and their parent-teachers
• school and community gardens
• educational farms and environmental education centers
• nutrition education and wellness programs
• community and service-oriented groups, such as 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc.
• after school programs
• anyone who is curious about food, and wants to explore the varied ways it gets from farm to table,
and how to get more involved in their food system.
Youth Grow is a youth leadership project for high-school aged youth in New York State that provides
them with the training and tools to become leaders in creating sustainable local food systems. Youth
Grow is still being completed; follow our progress here.
To order a color, bound copy of Discovering Our Food System, send a $20 check payable to Cornell
University, to Max Welcome, Rm. 133 Plant Science Building, Department of Horticulture, Cornell
University, Ithaca, NY 14853.

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Discovering our Food System (DFS) is an interdisciplinary, community-based exploration of the people and processes that shape our food system. Rooted in the places we live, eat, work, learn, and play, DFS will help youth better understand what the food system means to them, how it affects their community and their health, and ways in which they can influence the food system.

This iteration is an extensive revision of the original, which was published in 2000. Our primary audience is educators who work with youth ages 12-18. However, it is a framework and approach that is adaptable to a wide range of ages and educational settings, including:

  • students and teachers in a school-based classroom setting
  • home school students and their parent-teachers
  • school and community gardens
  • educational farms and environmental education centers
  • nutrition education and wellness programs
  • community and service-oriented groups, such as 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc.
  • after school programs
  • anyone who is curious about food, and wants to explore the varied ways it gets from farm to table, and how to get more involved in their food system.

Youth Grow is a youth leadership project for high-school aged youth in New York State that provides them with the training and tools to become leaders in creating sustainable local food systems. Youth Grow is still being completed; follow our progress here.

To order a color, bound copy of Discovering Our Food System, send a $20 check payable to Cornell University, to Max Welcome, Rm. 133 Plant Science Building, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.

To download the pdf, please click here.