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Educating Kids and Parents on Where Food Comes From

Growing up, we had a generously sized garden of all sorts of fruits and vegetables in my backyard. Looking back, I don’t vividly remember one single trip to the grocery store as a kid. Instead, my memories are overflowing with the tending to, and eating from the garden. I feel fortunate in that sense, for the education and experience of knowing where our food came from.

Fast forward to today, the bottom line is that many kids or even parents don’t have that knowledge. It’s unfortunate to think that ‘food comes from the grocer’, because in actuality, it doesn’t.

The Hellmann’s Real Food Movement® started with a simple and natural question: Where does it come from? Through this Hellmann’s campaign; kids and their parents toured a Hellmann’s Blue Ribbon canola farm in Saskatchewan, Canada.

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There was a live Facebook video of their visit which showed their education on canola oil, farming, and crafting the perfect jar of mayonnaise. From farm to table, this video illustrated the simple, quality ingredients in Hellmann’s and answered that ‘where does it come from?’ question. As a bonus, everyone got to eat a delicious meal right in the middle of the farming field.

During the video you’ll salivate over the fresh ingredients and dishes, and also be surprised at some of the facts shared on farming. Yet it really hits home when you see the energetic and interested kids, it really illustrates the importance of education on this topic. We need more of this ‘where does it come from?’, this question needs to be asked more and the answers need to be given.

 

While my backyard doesn’t facilitate a garden of generous proportion, I can start the education with my kids, like visiting our local market more often and taking the time to talk to the farmers or watching the Hellmann’s Real Food Movement video together.

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The education on where food comes from can be as simple as doing various in-home farming crafts and projects.

One simple project that my kids really enjoyed doing is a Sprout Head Person, where kids can watch the grass grow in a fun and interactive way. It’s so easy to do, and much more frugal than buying a similar kit in stores.

how to make a sprout head person

I provided the instructions below, so you can print them off. It’s a fun and educational project that is perfect for summer, the kids check our sprout head often for signs of growth. It’s small steps like these that answer that important question: Where does it come from?

Educating Kids and Parents on Where Food Comes From

 

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Sprout Head Person

Ingredients

  • Old pair of stockings {nylons}
  • Grass Seed
  • Sphagnum Moss {in the peat moss section}
  • Elastic bands x2
  • Googly eyes, pipe cleaners or other crafting items to make the face and outfit
  • Plastic Cup
  • Water

Instructions

  1. Cut out the feet of an old pair of stockings just above the knee.
  2. Fill up your stocking with grass seed and sphagnum moss. Tie it into about a tennis ball size shape to make a ‘head’. Close using an elastic.
  3. Pinch the front of the ‘head’ to make a ‘nose’, hold in place with an elastic band.
  4. Make a face, i.e. use googly eyes for the eyes, draw on a mouth, use pipe cleaner to make eyebrows or a mustache etc.
  5. Glue some paper on a plastic cup and make an ‘outfit’ for your sprout head. You can even cut out a little tie etc to dress it up.
  6. Hand fill your plastic cup with water and place your ‘head’ on top, so that the stocking tail is dangling in the water.
  7. Now place your sprout person on a window sill to get lots of sun. Water him/her with a spray bottle every day and watch them grow!

Did you make this recipe?

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To learn about where your food comes from {and other delicious goodies being shared}, make sure to visit Hellmann’s on Facebook. This channel has many ‘where does it come from?’ videos, all worth a watch!

The blog post was created with Hellmann’s. As always, all opinions are my own..

 

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22 Comments

  1. Good idea. People need to understand food does not magically appear on the shelves. There is a lot of work involved.

  2. I love this idea! We should all know where our food comes from and I would love to have a card in my own backyard. I would love to teach my child where fruits and veggies come from and know how to take care of them!

  3. It’s great for kids to see where food does come from. I learned a thing or two myself from watching the video. The sprout head person is such a cute idea.

  4. This is something that I often forget to think about! thanks for the reminder. Going to have to make that sprout head, my son would get a kick out of that!

  5. My wife is a farmer’s daughter, so we get to see this stuff first-hand. It is funny to see how many people are unaware of where food comes from, though. “After all,” they think, “why do we need farms when we can just go down to the store to get food?”

  6. I think this is a fantastic idea! I would love to teach my kids about where their food comes from. I think we all need to be more aware of that.

  7. Very cool initiative. My kids are are very active in helping to take care of our garden so they have a good sense of where veggies come from at least.

  8. I think my kids would be floored if we were to stop and explain where our food comes from. I know going to farmers markets really helps them to get the idea of farm food.

  9. I loved that video and learning a few things I did not know. That is really a great idea for a project the Sprout Head.

  10. Cool idea! My kids love to learn and I’m sure they’ll love to hear about this! And I love the sprouting head idea!

  11. I think it’s great to explain these kinds of things to the kids. I also really love that sprout head idea! I’m going to make that a project to do soon with my girls. I think they’re going to love this!

  12. A sprout head person is a great project to do with my kids. They will have fun watching it grow. It is important for kids to understand where out food comes from.

  13. We need to know where our food is coming from so we can make educated choices. I like to try to buy from local farmers as often as I can.

  14. We like to take the kids to a few of the local farms so they can see where food comes from. We buy eggs from a neighbor that has a chicken coop.

  15. It is important for people to learn where there food comes from. When they know that there is more appreciation and respect for food.

  16. I love this initiative! So many kids just don’t know where food comes from or that you can grow your own. A few schools are starting small gardens in my area, but it’s just not enough. Good for Hellman’s for teaching this vital information to the community!

  17. What a cute project. My kids have recently started asking me what animal their food comes from.

  18. I really love that this education is out there for kids. What a great learning experience.

  19. This is such a cute craft! Also such a great thing to let kids see where their food comes from.

  20. i have a little garden and it was fun to watch my grandaughter, and nieces pick some peas… the smile on their faces…

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