Celebrating Earth Day

Mixed moss + reindeer moss (lichen) circle garden created by Antonia Demas Planting a Garden Honoring the Vital Legacy of Plants on Earth By Antonia Demas, Ph.D. “It’s exciting to think that without the evolution of the humble moss, none of us would be here today” [1] Tim Lenton, University of Exeter, UK Scientists believeContinue reading “Celebrating Earth Day”

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Ellen Swallow Richards By Antonia Demas, Ph.D. © “Schools should not teach how to make a living before they teach how to live.”— Ellen Richards Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards, founder of the home economics and environmental education movements, was born in Dunstable, Massachusetts in 1842. Richards applied scientific principlesContinue reading “Celebrating Women’s History Month”

Celebrating Black History Month

Soul Stew By Antonia Demas, Ph.D. © Soul food is the cuisine that was developed by African Americans, most of whom first came to the United States enslaved. It integrated a people’s culinary memories from the African countries of their heritage with the foods of the American Indians and American South. This specialized cookery wasContinue reading “Celebrating Black History Month”

Celebrating the New Year with Hoppin’ John, a Southern American Tradition

By Antonia Demas For over 4,000 years, the ancient world developed calendars related to agricultural or celestial events such as the flooding of the Nile in Egypt or the vernal equinox in Rome. It was not until Julius Caesar got his mathematicians and astronomers in 46 BC[1] to figure out a calendar that would notContinue reading “Celebrating the New Year with Hoppin’ John, a Southern American Tradition”

Food is Good to Think Blog

Welcome to the “Food is Good to Think” blog! The title of the blog is a quote from the French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss. This quote is the framework for the Food is Elementary curriculum and the work of the Food Studies Institute. We love this quote because food is fascinating to think about as itContinue reading “Food is Good to Think Blog”

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