We are currently working with Newfield Schools in Central New York and Simenya schools in Western Kenya.
In Newfield, many children do not know what foods are locally grown or when they are in season. The number of small farms are disappearing; which results in fewer children being exposed to agriculture and the production of food.
In Newfield, children are becoming less active and are increasingly exposed to unhealthy foods. As rates of childhood obesity in the country are rising, it is increasingly important to help children lead active and healthy lifestyles. We hope to improve cross-cultural understanding and knowledge of agriculture and the food system.
In Simenya, the combination of HIV/AIDS, malaria and malnutrition have left hundreds of children growing up without parents to teach them about farming and agriculture. Agriculture is not taught in the Kenya school system.
Disease and poverty have made it difficult for children to get the variety and quality of foods for proper development. The Simenya Primary School has attempted to implement a school feeding program, but only a few families can afford the small amount of money to participate. Many children eat their first meal of the day at 8:00 at night.