Oxford and University Green Week

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Kids Go Green: Mealtime

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Did you know that the food you eat impacts the health of your body, your community and the environment in which we all live? An easy way to ensure that all three of these things are healthy is to buy locally produced food, like the fruits, vegetables and baked goods sold at the local farmers market. Here’s how it helps:

You – Large farms often alter their fruits and veggies or pick items before they are ripened to make sure they remain fresh on the long journey from a distant farm to your table. This can affect nutritional value and taste. Local food is picked at the peak of ripeness and is tastier and healthier!

Your planet – Did you know that the average meal travels 1400 miles from the farm where it was produced to your kitchen table? Buying locally reduces the amount of miles your food travels. This means that less gas is needed to transport your food and less pollution is emitted into the atmosphere. Smaller, local farms are also less likely to use chemicals on their food, which is better for the environment and for your body.

Your community– By supporting local farmers you are helping support your community, because your money is staying within the community.

The activities in this section encourage your child to get to know a local farmer, taste a new fruit or veggie and plant a seed to experience growing food firsthand. Click the activities below (or scroll down) for accompanying educational resources.

Try a new fruit or veggie

Take a photo with a farmer at the Oxford Community Market

Plant a seed

Try a new fruit or veggie

Rainbow veggie kabobs – Have fun picking out colorful vegetables from your local farmer’s market and building these cute treats with your child!

Fruit or vegetable sorting game – Help your children learn the differences between fruits and vegetables with this free printable sorting game.

Fruit & veggie BINGO game – A fun & healthy game that combines BINGO with trying new fruits and veggies! (Free printable.)

Vegetable flash cards & matching cards – Learn about new veggies with these free printable cards.

Fruit-themed I-Spy Game – Free printable to develop your child’s visual tracking ability.

Take a photo with a farmer at the Oxford Community Market

The Oxford Community Market takes place every Tuesday (beginning April 18) from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Community Pavilion (Old Armory) located at the intersection of University Avenue and Bramlett Boulevard. 

Five Fun Farmers Market Learning Activities for Kids – Check out these ideas about how to engage your child at the farmer’s market.

When visiting a farmer at the Oxford Community Market, consider asking the following questions:

  • What kind of food do you grow or produce?
  • Why did you become a farmer?
  • What is your favorite fruit or vegetable that you grow?

Farm to Table matching game – Match pictures of food to pictures of the plant or animal from which it originated. (Free printable.)

Farm to Table activity – Draw a line from the picture of food to the picture of the plant or animal from which it originates. (Free printable.)

Plant a seed

Easy Plants for Kids to Grow – Looking for ideas about what to plant? Check out this helpful list.

DIY planters – Consider crafting a planter for your seed. Try creating a self-watering milk jug planter or starting your seeds in egg cartons.

The Seeds We Eat Sensory Activity – Inspect common foods like strawberries and cucumbers and identify the seeds! (Pairs with Eric Carle’s The Tiny Seed, but can be done without it.)

Interested in getting your child even more involved in the garden? Check out these fun projects and ideas, like a DIY chia pet, easy butterfly feeder and painted stone garden markers. 

Remember to e-mail photos of your child completing the activities to green@olemiss.edu! Check off each item that you complete on the Kids Go Green Challenge card, and bring it to the Oxford Community Market between 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 to redeem your prize!

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