On Tuesday March 13th I had the privilege of teaching and being taught by Mr. Altieri’s enthusiastic 2nd graders. My name is Natalie Azar and I’m a student at Montclair State University, a few credits short of graduating with a bachelor’s in nutrition. Being a Willard alumni it was no surprise that the class had excellent listening and participation skills.
|Ms. Azar picking apples at www.alstedefarms.com|
The main focus of my presentation “Good For Me, Good For My Planet” is that it is better for both our bodies and for our planet to consume produce grown locally. The students mapped out different regions of the world where we get some produce ex. tomatoes from Italy, pineapples from the Philippines, bananas from Mexico, etc. and saw how far a distance these foods have to travel to get to our plates.
After, I showed them one of the 38 farms and nurseries in Bergen County. We looked at pictures from Alstede Farms because this farm offers many fresh fruits and vegetables between May-November. The students shared that many of them have been to this farm or others where they can pick their own apples, strawberries, and pumpkins.
|Photo by: F Delventhal|
We finished the class by drawing an ideal plate with all five food groups and how we should strive to make our plates complete everyday. Balanced meals give us the energy we need to do well in school and have plenty of fun in this beautiful warm weather!
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