First graders learn where ingredients for pizza come from

First graders learn where ingredients for pizza come from

April 16, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RFD-TV) When most of us order a pizza, we may not think about all the farmers and farms that are involved in putting that pizza on our table.

At Clyde Riggs Elementary School in Sumner County, Tenn., they are doing just that! The fun and delicious program, called Passing Literacy Onward, or PLOW, involves first graders and their high school mentors.

“For the plow program, part of the deal we have, we do receive a grant through the FFA Alumni Association,” said Brad Kirkham, an FFA instructor. “With that grant one of the things that we have to do, of course, is go over monthly to see Ms. Bates and her first grade class, but we also raise the ingredients that students would need to make a pizza.”

“Today, they will bring a six-pack to us and that six-pack will have lots of ingredients for pizzas for my students to either take home and plant themselves, or sometimes we will leave them here if they don’t have the means at home, we’ll plant them here,” said Jennifer Bates, the teacher.

“We have some peppers right here, some basil, some parsley, and this is a tomato, some chives and some cilantro,” said Emily Ring, an FFA student.

“This helps the students just be aware of ag, be aware that, where their food comes from. That you don’t go to Pizza Hut and just automatically have a pizza. That you do grow a pizza,” said Bates. “We talk about the vegetables and milk, comes from cows. So it just makes them aware of ag literacy and where their comes from.”

“It’s fun because they get really excited, like it’s fun seeing the smile on their faces,” said Ring.

The class uses an “Ag Mag” from the American Farm Bureau Federation to learn more.

“Everyone is involved in ag. Everybody eats. So it’s a great program to have hands-on learning to get your hands in the soil and plant seeds, and the kids remember it,” said Bates.

Learn more about Ag Mags here.

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