Food and Farming

How we grow, process, transport, market, prepare, and dispose of food is critical to many of the central issues of sustainable living. Over the last decades, factory farming has displaced many small family farms and created several environmental and health issues. Reviving smaller-scale farms, a process that schools might help though their purchasing, could encourage agricultural practices that are more sustainable in terms of the environment, health, and the local economy.

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Tools for demonstrating the academic, health, environmental, and financial benefits of high-quality, appealing school meals.


Oct. 17, 2014: Karen Brown to discuss "Re-Localizing the Food System" at the annual Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, CA.


School food system reform is a critical strategy for addressing fundamental justice issues.

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Essay Beyond a Garden in Every School

School gardens should be thought of as the center of the school, and not just another program or place.

Philip Nix
Download Big Ideas: A New Alignment with Academic Standards

Created in partnership with National Geographic, with examples of learning experiences for linking food, culture, health, and the environment.

Event Bioneers Conference 2014

Oct. 17, 2014: Karen Brown to discuss "Re-Localizing the Food System" at the annual Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, CA.

Essay California Thursdays Success Story: San Diego Unified

San Diego USD is sending the message that school food can be both delicious and nutritious, and the district's students are listening.

Clare Leschin-Hoar
Blog Cooking Classes for Food Services Staff

Cooking classes for nutrition services staff, based on the Center's cookbook and professional development guide.

Alice Lee Tebo
Blog Cooking with California Food Conference

We presented our latest resources and strategies for fresh, local, healthy school meals at an August, 2011 conference.

Zenobia Barlow
Essay Dispatch from Hawai'i: Supporting the Growing School Garden Movement

School gardens are flourishing on the islands of Hawai'i, with help from the Center for Ecoliteracy.

Alice Lee Tebo
Essay Earth's Limits: Why Growth Won't Return - Food

Multiple limiting factors make continuing expansion of the world's food supply, and therefore economic growth, problematic.

Richard Heinberg
Blog Eating Across America

A weekly web series takes us on a cross-country odyssey dedicated to food.

Alice Lee Tebo
Essay Farmer in Chief

An open letter from the author of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, to an incoming president.

Michael Pollan
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