What people are saying.
I have been so inspired by your message. As a chef and PTA President, I have been searching for platforms like yours to expose our young kiddos to well rounded food choices and culinary education in general.
- Chef Nikki Elkjer
I homeschool my 7 year old and he loves the videos. He likes you - very articulate and engaging. We can't wait until you have more. The history tidbid is fantastic as well before you ask, "How does it grow?". The video for him is just long enough, just enough information to keep him interested and attentive. Thank you. Awesome job.
- Marcy Staymates Mitchell, home-schooling mom
Well done. Beautiful video work. Clear message. I'm a FoodCorps service member with a background in science communication and international ag. Your mission is exactly what I am trying to accomplish in the classrooms I work in. The basic agricultural and botanical "how it grows" knowledge is often (strangely) overlooked when food systems are taught. While explaining the environmental and social justice sides, we sometimes forget that to really empathize with the Nicaraguan banana grower or the Dominican coffee picker and appreciate these foods, we must first be able to imagine picking those little red coffee cherries, one by one, branch by branch, or what it's like to walk through those close-packed banana trees, machete in hand, bunches swaying above... I am very much looking forward to more of these videos; I plan on using them myself and recommending them to FoodCorps as a resource.
- Andrea Snow, FoodCorps Fellow
I think what you are doing is extraordinary and obviously much needed. I've come to realize that education is a fundamental component to a shift towards sustainable agriculture, and I think video is the most powerful tool we have right now to reach the public...
The ideas you dropped in the cauliflower episode were really important (e.g. biocontrol like flower strips to attract ladybugs, as opposed to using pesticides). Such techniques are by far in the minority (and don't have to be limited to organic production!), but they could seriously change how agriculture is done across the country; it starts by acquainting people with these ideas, which I see is what you are trying to do.
- Jenna Smith, American Masters student in Agroecology, based in France
I am a dietitian and Wellness Educator at a private all-girls school. I love the "How Does it Grow" platform. Your supplementary curriculum is in line with my views and goals for our program. My students have loved the video on Mushroom and we look forward to viewing future episodes. If HDIG is ever looking for classroom collaboration our school community is open arms! Look forward to all of your future success!
- Abby Hueber
This project has also reminded me, even though I am a farmer and work in the heart of fields with vegetables and have many friends who farm fruits, there is still a lot that I have to learn about many other types of food and how they grow.
Four generations ago, most everyone knew a farmer or had at least a second or third degree connection with a farmer. The disconnect of most people and their food today is crazy large, right from knowing how to make a simple meal, where it comes from and how it grows. I believe your project and getting into the school systems would help with this disconnect. The more people get connected to their food, the more respect they will have for it. This is why I believe as a farmer, I also have a responsibility to help educate and reconnect people to their food.”
- Jason Verkaik