Where does our food come from? Here’s an answer that looks more like traditional farming as opposed to the huge farms that harvest soy beans and corn (especially the corn products that end up in so many of our processed foods. If you want more info on that topic, check out the film King Corn, and you may never eat highly processed foods again.)
This book is for those who want to learn more about sustainable organic agriculture, not just for the health of consumers, but for the health of farmers (and all of their employees) and the air and water quality of communities surrounding farms.
The table of contents walks the reader through the seasons, featuring produce, grain, and livestock farming, as well as bee-keeping, county fairs, pest control, you name it.
There’s information about community-supported agriculture, breeds of chickens and how their egg-laying differs, how a beehive is structured, heirloom seeds, free-range pig breeds, planting cover crops, crop rotation…interesting details all described in kid-friendly terms. And yes! There’s a recipe for making bread! It does this farmer’s daughter’s heart good to see such variety shared in such a—down to earth way.
The spread showing the farmer’s market makes me want to go to one right now, buy some local honey, maybe a bunch of sorrel to make soup….or a pound of heirloom tomatoes. Drool…..We’re so lucky to have amazing farmer’s markets and community supported agriculture “deliveries” in San Francisco.
It’s a win-win situation. Consumers get the freshest of the fresh, and small farms make more money by cutting out the “middle man” that often takes the lion’s share of profits.
I like how the book’s last spread gives readers ideas on how they, too, can help support farmers, especially small organic farmers, who need our help now more than ever. They are the ones who are trying to maintain diversity in nature, in the way we eat, and in the way we look at the world.
I love the appropriately earth-toned illustrations that make me hungry. My only wish is that they had included a list of resources where kids could learn more. It does, however, contain a glossary explaining some of the more complex words used in the text.
Go to a farmer’s market or roadside stand in your area and buy something you’ve never eaten before.
Plant your own small garden in the back yard or in containers. See if you can find heirloom seeds or seedlings to plant.
Pair this book with Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens (an older, humorous book) or with Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
Title: The Farm That Feeds Us: A Year in the Life of An organic farm
Author: Nancy Castaldo
Illustrator: Ginnie Hsu
Publisher: Quarto, 2020
Themes: farms, seasons, food production
Ages: 1st-5th grade
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