SOW WHAT JOURNEY

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Once again, I follow the LEARN – SEE – DO model for the Journey. We learned about food, saw how it works in our community and did something about it.

OPTION 1

LEARN
We began with pulling out store ads and discussion the prices of food items and where they come from.
How did transporting food add to its cost?
How did processing detract from the nutritional content?
What items do we need to be processed and transported to be enjoyed in our area?
What is companion planting?
Can yo do container planting if you don’t have a garden plot?
Next we discussed gardens and why people have them. Some do it for enjoyment, others for health reasons and still others to save money. So why don’t more people grow them?
You might like this video someone pieced together for the Sow What Journey.
I cannot emphasize this enough, do not just take the word of what you find online when ti comes to modern farming. Recently movies have been made that are interesting, but you always need to gather your own facts. The best way to do this is to visit a farm for yourself. Visit a food warehouse or production plant. See for yourself what modern food techniques are being used.

SEE
Rent a community garden plot for the summer and grow their own garden.
Contact the local Cooperative Extension office and requested an expert gardener come speak to the girls. She can answer any questions and gave them a lot of advice for their first garden.
The girls will learn a lot over the next several months about responsibility (weeding and watering when it was their turn) as well as the frustration of a late summer, early frost and pests.
They could pick whatever was ripe on the day they worked and prepare it in some way for their family.

DO
The end of the summer resulted in a family bbq where the girls prepared food from the garden and talked to the families about the benefits of gardening.
Donate their harvest to the local food bank or a needy family.
Harvest the seeds and share them with others for next year.

OPTION 2

Another direction is to discuss how we need a variety of foods. Because food is easily transported, Americans have a tendency to eat the same foods all the time. Growing season exist so that we eat a large variety of foods at different times of the year.

LEARN
What kids of foods have the girls never tried?
Visit local restaurants with authentic cuisine from other countries.
Have dinner parties to try making their own recipe.
Have an Iron Chef competition.
Learn about the new food guidelines and caloric intake recommendations.
Keep a food journal and discover if you are eating as well as you thought you were. What can you easily do to change your diet?n This site not only allows you to track your food, it monitors calories, nutrition, fat as well as exercise. You set up your program the way you want.
How does activity effect our overall health and our diet?
Have fun with food and try a progressive dinner. Will a local bakery allow you to come in to learn how to bake or decorate cakes?
How do food allergies affect everyone. This includes those without allergies that are limited in what they can bring to school.
Learn alternative ways to make a food that will cater to people with gluten allergies.
What careers are there i the food industry? Careers such as chef, line cook, rancher, farmer, agronomist, teacher, writer, food critic, food taster, food developer, television and photography.
What are common injuries in the kitchen and how do you treat them?
Are there local or state laws that affect privately owned gardens? For example, last year in the news a woman who used the front yard as a garden was told by her city she had to remove it.
What foods work best for hiking, camping or just a long trip?
What are good snacks to make when babysitting?
The Blue Ocean institute offers a brochure that lists seafood that is sustainable. You can email to request the brochure.
I cannot emphasize this enough, do not just take the word of what you find online when ti comes to modern farming. Recently movies have been made that are interesting, but you always need to gather your own facts. The best way to do this is to visit a farm for yourself. Visit a food warehouse or production plant. See for yourself what modern food techniques are being used.

SEE
How hard is it to find a variety of foods in your area?
When areas are hit with a natural disaster, how do they set up a food chain again? Does your local food bank serve fresh food?
What is gleaning and is there a local group you can go out with?
Encourage the next SU Thnking Day have Troops bring foods from the countries they talk about.
Is there a Meals on Wheels program in your area you can volunteer with?
Does your food have an emergency kit with adequate food for the entire family?
Is there a cooking club you can try out?

DO
If you don’t have one of the groups mentioned above, see if you can help get one started. If they already exist, what can yo do to help promote them?
Can you get local stores to stock a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables?
What about getting your own family to change their eating habits and promote the results via the local newspaper.
Create a cookbook and sell it.

AWARDS
All badges require 5 activities and ones related to the Journey can be applied based on how the girls do them. Below are suggestions of other awards activities can be applied to for all levels, not just your Seniors.

DAISY
Courageous and Strong
Responsible for what I Say and Do
Use Resources Wisely
Making Choices
Flower Garden Journey
Between Earth and Sky Journey

BROWNIE
Snacks
First Aid
Computer Expert
My Best Self
Household Elf
Product Designer
Wonder of Wow Journey

JUNIOR
Simple Meals
First Aid
Staying Fit
Gardener
Camper
Independence
Savvy Shopper
Agent of Change Journey

CADETTE
New Cuisines
First Aid
Eating for Beauty
Book Artist
Trailblazing
Babysitter
Night Owl
Netiquette
Comparison Shopping
Media Journey

SENIOR
Behind the Ballot
Locavore
First Aid
Traveler
Women’s Health

AMBASSADOR
Photographer
Public Policy
Dinner Party
First Aid
Water
Your Voice, Your World Journey

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About keepingiteasyandsimple

I have been married for 20 years and have 3 children. My oldest is 20 and currently in the National Guard. My daughters are 15 and 11 and involved in everything. I believe life is difficult enough, that we can find ways to make the everyday just a little easier and perhaps even more simple. I love to cook, shop and make things with the kids.

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  1. This is perfect. Thank you! I’ve been struggling with how to get the girls to work within the older journeys. I love this. I have some ideas to visit a local organic restaurant, so this dovetails nicely.

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