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Resources I Love: Food History News

Oh, there's nothing like throwing a little food history into your lesson plans to spice things up and Food History News is the place to get that spice.  This site is loaded with info, including historic recipes, links for buying equipment, heirloom seeds and plants and a museum directory.  It even offers some super books for sale like Sandy Oliver's Saltwater Foodways.  


Have you thought of making bread from scratch, starting by making flour?  Or how about making a chart of the various grains eaten by different cultures?  Better yet, take a look at food preservation and try drying some apple or pumpkin to see what happens.  So my friends, spend a little time reading up on food history and you're bound to make some of your lessons just a bit more tasty.

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Resources I Love: Old Sturbridge Village

Yesterday I took advantage of the sunny weather to head over to Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts to pick up some of their heirloom seeds for school.  I haven't visited in about a year or two and was thrilled to see the additions they've made.   The place was filled with hands-on exhibits for children with weaving, butter churning and wood stacking being just a few of the activities.


The gardening exhibit, "Taking Root: The Growing Business of Gardening in Pots in the Early 1800s" was super.  Guide books were on hand to help engage children in the exhibit and a "Taking Root" pamphlet was available for purchase.  With quotes and information taken from documents like The Green-house Companion (London 1825) and the Annual Catalogue of the Agricultural Warehouse and New England Seed Store (Boston 1836) I had to snap up a copy as a resource for the classroom.  (You can contact Christie Higginbottom at chigginbottom@osv.org to order a copy.)

If you'd like to order seeds, there is quite a collection.  I stuck to beans for my students.  Wren's Egg Pole Bean, Low's Champion Bush Bean and True Red Cranberry Bean will find their way into our school garden this year.

Unglazed plant pot



I could keep raving about the museum but I want to get back to planning our gardening lessons.  A quick heads up, the gardening exhibit won't be up much longer, so plan to make the trip soon.  And don't forget to pick up a redware plantpot.

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