Deconstructing Dinner in our Schools I

ddinschoolsindexHow do food issues make their way into our public schools? As Deconstructing Dinner’s Jon Steinman recalls, “I remember graduating from high school not knowing the first thing about growing food and having very little idea how the food I consumed impacted the planet on which we live.” With schools being the building blocks of our society and culture, how does our publicly-funded education system incorporate into curriculum this all important subject – food.

Part I
Host Jon Steinman takes a ride with Nelson-based Earth Matters as they introduce their Food-to-Table program in local public schools. As a component of the countrywide One-Tonne Challenge, the program involved in-class presentations on how our food choices influence climate change, and saw students visit local grocery stores where food was discussed in-depth.


Colleen Matte and Su Donovaro – Earth Matters (Nelson, BC) – Colleen and Su were the coordinators of the One-Tonne Challenge Food-to-Table program. Earth Matters is a youth-driven environmental organization focusing on the development and implementation of innovative experiential education and community development programs.

Karl Machado – TeacherL.V. Rogers Secondary School (Nelson, BC) – Karl teaches a unique environmental science class for Grade 12 students. His class participated in the Food-to-Table program.

Marilyn Lawrence – TeacherA.I. Collinson Elementary School (Nelson, BC) – Marilyn is the grade 4/5 teacher. Her class participated in the Food-to-Table program.

Sarah Miles and Amber Johnson – StudentsL.V. Rogers Secondary School (Nelson, BC)

Grade 4/5 Students – A.I. Collinson Elementary School (Nelson, BC)