Re: [fukuoka_farming] Re: how do you teach these concepts . . .
- Welcome to the discussion, Dave & Amy,
A nifty book from Klutz Press, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto, CA
94306, called Earthsearch, A Kid's Geography Museum in a Book has
hands-on appeal to the older elementary or younger middle school
group. The cover notes that it includes "Activities in Trash Science,
Population, Rocks, Astronomy, Real Eating, Getting Lost, & lots of
other things, too." Several of the activities are appropriately
eye-opening, but one is noted below.
An activity called Cut Up the World is an impressively simple way to
gain a proportional taste of the necessity for sustainable
agriculture. With a recommendation to check out or purchase the book,
here is a quote, fully credited to the above cited work, although the
book uses photos to illustrate where I have used words:
Cut an apple into quarters.
Put aside three of the quarters. What do these represent? The
oceans of our world, the Blue Planet.
The fraction left is 1/4th. Slice it in half. Set aside one of
the halves. This is the part that people can't live or work on. The
poles, deserts, swamps, high mountains, etc.
What's left? 1/8th. This is where the humans live, but not
necessarily where they grow their food.
Slice your 1/8th piece into four sections. Put aside three of
them. What's left? 1/32nd.
The three pieces you set aside represent the places where the soil
is too poor to farm - where it's too rocky, wet, cold or steep to
produce food. They also represent the cities, houses, highways,
shopping malls, schools, parks, factories, parking lots and miniature
golf courses where people live, play and work - but do not grow any
Take your 1/32nd piece that's left. Carefully peel it. Look at
this scrap of apple peel. It represents the farmable surface topsoil
of the planet, the thin skin of the thin skin of the Earth's crust,
upon which humankind totally depends. It is less than 5 feet deep and
it is quite a fixed amount of food-producing land.
You may now eat the rest of the apple, but carefully save this
tiny piece of apple skin. Treat it as if you life depends on it.
Best wishes for your class, & for your new year,
Dave & Amy Bishop wrote:
> This is my first post.[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> I live in central Illinois (USA) - have a small organic farm
> operation - and
> also work for a county Soil & Water Conservation District where I am
> developing educational programs to teach elementary and secondary
> students the concept of sustainability.
> Our working project title is "(re) imagining: Our selves, Our
> planet, Our
> place" and the objective is to enable students to conceptualize a
> world - and thus be better prepared to make appropriate decisions as
> Does anyone know of work already done in this area?
> Dave Bishop