Posts Tagged ‘food’

Happy Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
  It’s Earth Day, so let’s celebrate the Earth! I love the feel of finely tilled soil and it’s earthy smell. Did you know that only 3 % of the entire Earth provides all of our food? We are dependent on this tiny bit of Earth for every morsel we put to our mouth. (more…)

Teacher Spotlight: Elizabeth Main

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Meaningful experiences outside of the classroom are just as important for teachers as for the students they teach.  One opportunity for an outdoor experience came to Elizabeth Main, Florida elementary school teacher, in the form of a phosphate mine tour through Florida Ag in the Classroom. (more…)

Nutrients in the Garden 1: Seeds

Friday, February 14th, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day and welcome to my new gardening series; Nutrients in the Garden. Over the next few months, I will take you and your kids from planning your spring garden to harvest and beyond.  Along the way I will share valuable knowledge, important tips and tricks, and my personal experiences, all while finding ways to include the children in your life!  Healthy, nutritious food means healthy, happy kids!  If you have any questions or would like a post on a certain topic, please leave a comment or tweet me @Nutrients4Life with the hashtag #AskDee.  Let's get started with our first topic, seeds! Seed Catalogs – Inspiration and Insight! Boots, gloves, and thinking about gardening have kept me warm this artic winter!  I am ready to trade it all in for mud boots, garden gloves, and the soft earth below my feet. In the meantime, we can start planning the garden. It’s not too early!  If you are like me, you have a pile of free Spring Seed Catalogs lying around the house; they are my source of inspiration and insight! To engage my girls, I give them a marker and a catalog. Their opinions are highly considered when planning the garden.  If they grow it, they are likely to eat it! I have listed a few of my favorites and hyperlinked each of them, so that it will be easy for you to start your own collection. If you like to shop online, sign up for their emails, too. In less than ten minutes, you can sign up for all five of these catalogs. Well worth the time! They bring sunshine to a snow-covered mailbox, and I could use a little sunshine right now. Burpee Gurney’s Jung Seeds & Plants Park Seed Gardener’s Supply Company Am I missing any…

Foundation 101: What is the Nutrients for Life Foundation?

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
I often get asked, “What does the Nutrients for Life Foundation do?” My standard response goes something like this, “Since 2004, we have been providing science-based information to educate people about the valuable role fertilizers play in feeding our growing world.” I follow up with how much I love my job and how fulfilling it is to work in the one industry our world cannot live without, agriculture.  Our role at the Foundation is to educate others about agriculture and, specifically, how crop nutrients help increase our food supply by fifty percent. We have a big task, because the general public knows very little about the industry as documented in the following video.   http://youtu.be/mldl5Iyw_gU   Every time I play this video I get a few good laughs from the crowd, especially if they know a lot about agriculture. I realize there are some extreme examples in this video, but in reality, most consumers know very little about food production. Consumers lack basic scientific knowledge as it applies to agriculture. In the video they are talking about nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium; all three are elements on the periodic table. After 6th grade science, we should all recognize these basic elements. Why were the interviewees confused? Where does the confusion come from? Was it because they didn’t have a good scientific background in school? Or, perhaps, they haven’t learned to think critically about what they learned? I share this video, first, because it is eye opening, but secondly because it shows that we need more agriculture educators. At no other time in history has my job, as an agriculture educator, been more critical. I believe our biggest challenge isn’t feeding the world’s population, rather, educating them on HOW we are feeding them. In our efforts to educate, the Foundation has a…