Project Localize Student Artwork: Food Miles
“Student led and Student fed”, says teacher Jim Reding
Location: Granville High School, Granville, Ohio
"Students deserve to know where their food is coming from.” – Teacher Jim Reding
"Food miles is the concept of how far your food travels before it reaches your plate. What’s unique about our garden is that it provides fresh meals and ingredients for our school lunches. Students eat the school lunches because they are healthy and their peers are producing and harvesting the food."
"The only way a school garden can feed students is through season extension. It reduces food miles and we can grow and eat it here during all the seasons,” says Reding. “The garden at our school has been running for nine years and we are in the middle of the tenth. It was created by students and is still run by students. More students eat the food in the lunchroom because they know where it is coming from and who is harvesting it. Our garden is a year round operation and we hope it continues to provide food for our lunch room for many years to come.”
"Students designed an aquaponics system. The tilapia fish are raised for future dishes in the lunchroom. Everything is utilized, nothing is thrown away. Sends a great message to the community."
To read about the classrooms who produced this artwork for Project Localize, check out the article at the link below.