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Agricultural Drones

Simon Rose

Farm fields can span hundreds of acres. With so much area to cover, checking crops and livestock can be difficult. But with an agricultural drone, this job becomes much simpler. Young readers will discover how drones help farmers maximize efficiencies and bring abundant harvests.

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Bread Lab

Kim Binczewski & Bethany Econopouly

It’s a sleepy Saturday morning for most people, but not for Iris, who has to feed her many pets before Aunt Mary arrives. Iris likes to call Aunt Mary “Plant Mary” because she is a plant scientist.

Today Aunt Mary wants to experiment with making whole wheat sourdough bread from scratch! As the family kitchen transforms into a bread lab, Iris is surprised that bread needs only four ingredients―flour, water, salt and starter. She also learns about the invisible microbes that make the dough rise, and how flour comes from wheat grown by farmers. It all seems magical, but it’s really science.

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For over 70 years, Farmer John has been a cow guy. Not much surprises him any more, except for the day quadruplet calves were born on his dairy. The book with photographs of Farmer John and his Four Quart Girls tell the story of this special event. From the Farm to the Table series are books about agriculture designed for second and third grade readers. Each book highlights second grade vocabulary words. Kathy Coatney pens From the Farm to the Table series of non-fiction children’s books about agriculture.

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Eat This!

Andrea Curtis

“Eat This!” is an effective analysis of varied marketing tactics to persuade younger consumers to eat non-nutritious or junk food, with specific suggestions for ways to avoid being overly influenced by media publicity tactics in food choices, and ways to request or encourage food providers to offer a wider range of healthy choices of foods targeted towards kids.

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Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table

Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Will Allen is no ordinary farmer. A former basketball star, he’s as tall as his truck, and he can hold a cabbage–or a basketball–in one hand. But what is most special about Farmer Will is that he can see what others can’t see. When he looked at an abandoned city lot in Milwaukee he saw a huge table, big enough to feed the whole world.

No space, no problem. Poor soil, there’s a solution. Need help, found it. Farmer Will is a genius in solving problems. In 2008, the MacArthur Foundation named him one for his innovative urban farming methods, including aquaponics and hydroponics.

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“Dad says we are going to grow vegetable soup.” So begins Lois Ehlert’s bright, bold picture book about vegetable gardening for the very young. The necessary tolls are pictured and labeled, as are the seeds (green bean, pea, corn, zucchini squash, and carrot). Then the real gardening happens…planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, shopping and cooking! In the end? “It was the best soup ever.” Ehlert’s simple, colorful cut-paper style illustrations are child-friendly, as is the big black type. A recipe for vegetable soup tops it all off!

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This beautiful 36 X 24 inch full color Oregon map features the leading and unique commodities grown in the state’s seven regions. It is an excellent tool to bring the story of Oregon’s agricultural diversity to the classroom.

The Grown in Oregon Map helps students visualize where things are grown in our state and why. It is a great tool for teaching regions. It can be used to learn about counties, or for starting a discussion on nutrition and the abundance of healthy produce in our state.

Maps are free to Oregon teachers. This item does not need to be returned.

Non-teachers pay $10 for shipping and handling costs. To order map, Click HERE

 

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How to Grow a School Garden- A Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers

Arden Bucklin-Sporer, Rachel Kathleen Pringle

How to Grow a School Garden is a complete guide for parents and teachers to answer kids’ biggest questions: Where does my food come from? Is nature important to me? This guide is packed with strategies, to do lists, detailed lesson plans, and easy recipes. A must have for parents, teachers, and administrators! This item will need to be returned.

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The age-old practice of sitting down to a family meal is undergoing unprecedented change as rising world affluence and trade, along with the spread of global food conglomerates, transform eating habits worldwide. HUNGRY PLANET profiles 30 families from around the world–including Bosnia, Chad, Egypt, Greenland, Japan, the United States, and France–and offers detailed descriptions of weekly food purchases; photographs of the families at home, at market, and in their communities; and a portrait of each family surrounded by a week’s worth of groceries. Featuring photo-essays on international street food, meat markets, fast food, and cookery, this captivating chronicle offers a riveting look at what the world really eats.

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It’s All About the Food- Teacher’s Resource

International Plant Nutrition Institute

It’s All about the Food is a teaching resource that contains exciting lessons for grades fifth through eighth; the emphases in each lesson are on problem solving and critical thinking. Lessons are referenced to the National Science Education Standards and contain background information, step-by-step procedures for the teachers, lists of materials, and “Procedure Checklist” and “Data and Conclusions” handouts for the students. The book is filled with lessons about the nitrogen cycle, photosynthesis, how plant nutrition affects the foods we eat, a board game, and problem-solving adventures. This guide will need to be returned.

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