Today we eat foods from all over the world but do most people know that before the age of exploration, our diets were much more limited? For example, tomatoes and potatoes are indigenous to the Americas even though many people associate tomatoes with Italy and potatoes with Ireland. Native food crops are a wonderful way to engage students in lessons on geography, climate, and world cultures. Alongside Antonia and Ariel Demas of the Food Studies Institute, participants will study a world map and learn about the origins of various American foods as well as the crops enjoyed by indigenous peoples around the world.
Elementary teachers: Looking for culturally-responsive lessons around the Thanksgiving holiday? Consider lessons on indigenous foods as a celebration of diversity and the interconnectedness of world cultures.
The registration fee for employees of TST Region districts (Candor, Dryden, George Jr. Republic, Groton, Ithaca, Lansing, Newfield, Trumansburg, and South Seneca) is $25.
The registration fee for all other participants is $50.