Our I Love the Land page features the thoughts of our middle schoolers on humanity’s connection to the land (and food and gardens!). This page is named in honor of J. Phil Campbell, Sr., who was the superintendent of the first agricultural high school in Georgia and played a vital role in establishing the Cooperative Extension Service in Georgia, serving as the state’s first Extension Director from 1910 to 1933. His tombstone in Watkinsville, Georgia, reads, “He loved the land.”
Following are some thoughts from our student collaborators, some thought out at length on a particular point and others thought out in a moment during the school day. We work with our student and teacher collaborators every day of school, and after school and summer too. In their words, we find a lot of inspiration and enjoyment. We hope you do too!
“There is something about flowing honey that is romantic.”
“Our collards are just as important as their pizza.” A Student in After School Cooking Class
“We can draw the earth with lungs, and have the trees keeping it alive.” A 6th grader on Their Forestry Project
“I like going to the greenhouse, it’s always fun.” A Student to Parent at a Parent-Teacher Conference
“You think this is crazy? We had kale at the field trip, and it made the smoothie green.” A Student to a Parent at a Parent-Teacher Conference
“You’re making me like vegetables. I don’t want to like vegetables.” An Experience UGA UGArden Field Trip Participant
“My daughter is always telling me stories about this class. She loves it.” Parent about Agriculture Science Class
“Are there any more leaves we can eat?” An Experience UGA UGArden Field Trip Participant at the Herb Activity Station
“Ms. Glennie, this is a perfectly spiraled orange peel. Do you understand how special that is?” Student
“I do, I promise to put it in a special spot on top of the compost pile.” Ms. Glennie
“See that you do.” Student
“We had nothing like this at my middle school” UGA Student Volunteer Referring to the CCSD Middle School Gardens
“It looks like someone threw up, then drank it, then threw it up again.” CCSD 7th Grader on the Compost
“In Mexico sometimes we use the purple corn to make tortillas.” A CCSD Student on Choosing Corn as His Vegetable Project
“You put the plants in there, then the motor moves in, and it can plant 15 plants in a minute!” A Student’s Ag Invention Project
“Those chickens got so big. Chickens must grow faster than humans” Agriculture Science Student
Writings on a Specific Topic
On the relationship between Poverty and the Natural Environment in Haiti
The Kitchen Garden Corps wrote in response to a video which can be found at: http://www.dw.com/en/haiti-an-island-state-is-sinking-in-trash/av-18504064
Haiti Earthquake: striking facts/ways to help
• Many people live on less than a dollar a day.
• Some villages live from fishing, but most men pull up trash in the nets.
• More than 90% of Haiti’s forests have been cut down.
• It is difficult to stay in Haiti so many people have left.
• Education project.
• More about beekeeping.
• People from the US educate and empower Haitians (educating the youth to care).
• You could have people come in who aren’t necessarily worried about food and start a movement to pick up trash or have people move there and become beekeepers or plant trees. If they get locals to help, they could be rewarded with a day’s amount of fish. The people who come in would also establish a proper trash disposal system.
• Poor people have to live on a dollar each day.
• The lakes are overfished for food.
• The people are resisting planting fruit trees even though it is easy and you can get free fruit.
Things that can help:
• You can find people in Haiti that are willing to help their country and then they can motivate others to do so too.
• We can have youth programs that can be educated on the topic so they can help.
• Start a program where people pick up trash on the beach in exchange for food.
It struck me that no one cleans up the beach and the trash just gets bigger. Fishermen in Haiti only get trash instead of fish in their nets. All the trees are basically going to be chopped down. No one in Haiti really wants to put in the work to make Haiti better. I think we should come up with a group to go to Haiti and encourage people to care about making Haiti a better place. Also to make sure locals in Haiti take part in planting trees and cleaning trash on the beach. They need to make a new better trash system.
In just a couple decades the beaches of Haiti have become completely trashed. People are fishing in protected areas of the coast and are cutting down mangroves for tar charcoal. The youth of Haiti is moving from the country.
The US can open doors to Haitian people. Rubber could be burnt instead of tar charcoal. Breed fish then release them. Windmills can be put under water.
I guess the population is too much.
We can help by replenishing the plant life in the country. Rebuild the trash system for the beaches.
If one day each fisherman gave 1% of their catch and released them then Haiti could recover in less than a week.
This is a problem that needs more people from other countries helping to convince all the people. This should happen because there are tons of people and not many of them are trying to change.
We should find/get groups of people who take care and provide for 1 or 2 villages their entire life. We have much more than they do, and we should help out people, because other countries would provide for us.
Local economy is built on fishing, but all the trash is complicating the art of catching fish. 90% or Haiti’s forest has been cleared largely for charcoal. Other natural gas at lower prices in order to save the forests from being made into charcoal.
The mangrove trees in Haiti affect a lot. Without them coral reefs would not thrive and fish would not have any habitat. Without fish the people of Haiti lack food. Without the mangroves there is nothing. Petroleum at lower prices could save trees from deforestation.
We can give money to the organization. We can try to educate the locals about it. One problem is the large population; it is hurting the environment. Non sustainable food collection. We can support sustainable practices. We should support young people to stay opportunistic. Support a village. Provide food so they can work on the environment.
On the relationship between ‘Local’ and China
Generally local food is food that comes from your town or city or from your state in some cases. Or a nearby town or city. China is all the way across the ocean so many people might say “It’s impossible to get local Chinese food.” But Chinese food doesn’t have to come from China. In fact, it usually doesn’t. Chinese food can easily be local if all the ingredients came from your town or those nearby. If you know how to cook Chinese food with these ingredients, then it is definitely local. On the flip side some dishes have ingredients unique to Central Asia. If these ingredients can only be found abroad then it is hard for it to be absolutely local. You can still come very close.
When you have a neighborhood in China you can call it your local neighborhood.
Nowadays most things like plastic toys and what not have a little gold sticker on them. There are 3 words on that sticker: “Made in China.” for the big industries of China, that ship all over the world, they may not know what local even means! But in some parts, most parts they most likely do, and my guess is that local means anything from their garden to their farm, to the local farmers’ market. To me local is close to where you are.
Local means something in the community. China has a lot of things they make for us like clothes, toys, etc. Sometimes we “take” their food habits. Like an Asian restaurant or making Asian dishes at home. We have a lot of Chinese restaurants locally.
China’s local is different than our local. Since it is in a different place, different things will come from it. Some things that we grow now could actually be from China. For example, oranges which are known for being grown in Florida were actually from China. (This introduction of oranges to the New World occurred during the Columbian Exchange)
Local relates to China because a vast majority of our local items come from China. Manufactured goods are brought from China and then sold for a higher price. That’s how companies make money. One of the main reasons most things are bought from China, and not, say, Germany, is because they pay their employees very little, so they can sell at a low price and still make a profit, so other countries can buy things form China and re-sell them at a higher price.
China is local to us by being in the food we eat and like China, a lot of their people come here to the USA.
Chinese food can be grown locally. For example, we grow cabbage locally.
We get lots of things from China and some are local to us. Also in general China is a local producer to America. Everybody knows we get almost everything from China. Things we use that are local might be made in China. For example, Wets Broad Market, many of the products are made in China like the plastic pipes they use for vines to grow on. Local to China might be the street restaurants that are cheap or the markets they have in China. Local in China is the same (sort of) to the local in America.
Our local community in Athens doesn’t seem entirely connected to China. In fact, the only resemblance may in the multiple restaurants here. But, many say that our Chinese restaurants have been “Americanized.” But, why not think of it as “localized.” Although all across the country you will hear the same story of food lacking ethnic tradition, we could use the food instead to bring out our culture. In others, we “localize” it with a touch of Southern Home-style cooking! A perfect balance of authentic Chinese food and culture blended with our Southern cooking.
On the Meaning of Local
To me ‘local’ means native; it means home. Anything local in turn must provide a nostalgia only compared to a childhood’s summer. For anything to be local, it must establish a sense of gratitude, as sense of “specialness,” and a sense of accomplishment; for local means native, local means home.
local is our neighborhood or community. It is the area within 10 minutes of my house.
local: fresh, farm to table, not from around the world. fair trade. anywhere from your garden out back to a farm out in the countryside.
“Local” The word local means to me friendly and community. I think local farms in a community are important because you get to meet and find interesting people & things. Nowadays people will get on their phones or T.V.’s & I think it’s important to see people in person.
Local is the thing that comes from our community. Its stuff that comes from people we know.
The town, city, or county you are in.
The word local evokes warm memories. Local are the enjoyable things your community has to offer.
local. like your local neighborhood. relating to a particular area or neighborhood.
The Idea of Local. Local is close to something specific (therefore its local to that something). This makes me think of local produce because of course we are in a cooking camp. Often they are healthier, more environmentally friendly.
local: something of a style/practice or someone inhabiting (or originating from) a certain place.
Local is things that come from nearby. It can be food or products. The farmers’ market is a local market.
Local to me means something that is integral to a system. It is a necessary part that has been there for a long time. These are well-known and well-respected.
Local: near you or located close to you.
Means like around you, not from like a faraway place or like in your communities.
Local=providing a service
The idea of local for me is something where everyone goes to often.
Local means comes from nearby me.
Local is things that are in the regional community.
local. Around you, that are from an area.
Local means that something is close to wherever it is. Local is what is in a community. Things that are easy to reach are Local. Local is Local. Local is good.