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June 24, 2015


Agricultural Commission Visits Chichester Central School


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John Snow


Agricultural Commission members Catherine and John Snow recently visited Mrs. Rowe’s third grade class as part of New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC). Mr. Snow enthusiastically read aloud Who Grew My Soup? written by Tom Darbyshire and illustrated by C. F. Payne, a story of a young man reluctant to eat his vegetable soup. Upon completion of the reading, two copies were given to the school library, one donated by the Agricultural Commission; the other by the Chichester Garden Club. The book was chosen for this year’s Spring Agricultural Literacy Program for third to fifth graders; the AITC also offers a myriad of resources for teachers to incorporate into a variety of subjects.


Created to educate children about where their food comes from, AITC’s mission is to increase awareness and knowledge of farming practices in youth, to foster their appreciation for our agrarian heritage and rural lifestyle and to encourage them to be responsible stewards of our land.  In NH alone, more than 4,000 acres of fruits and vegetables are harvested each year.  


In some cities when asked where their food comes from, many students will say that it comes from a grocery store or restaurant. Young children don’t always make the connection between agriculture and the food they consume every day. It is important for students to understand that grocery stores are food distribution centers, not the source of food.  


Some of the foods we eat everyday are grown locally, but not all of the food we consume is grown locally.  While most states produce their own milk, eggs, fruit, vegetables and grains, the availability of certain foods depends upon season. The climate and soil of a particular region determines the types of foods that can be grown. Consumer demands influence the items that stores and restaurants offer. When we want fresh fruits and vegetables in the middle of winter or desire exotic foods, such as star fruit and kiwi, grocery stores meet these demands by having food transported from other regions of the United States and from other countries.


Classroom lessons and discussion help provide students with an understanding about where their food comes from and what it takes to produce their food. It also promotes a natural curiosity about how food affects their health while reinforcing food and agriculture as their connection to a better quality of life. Understanding what it takes to produce food will help students make the association between the land, farmers and ranchers and the grocery store. 


The Chichester Agricultural Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month, 7pm at the Town Library.  If anyone is interested in becoming a Chichester Agricultural Commission member, please contact its secretary Ann Davis at [email protected].   All are welcome to the monthly meetings.






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