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New York Agriculture in the Classroom


Agricultural Literacy Week 2014

Who Grew My Soup?

Nutrition and Knowing Your Farmer

Who Grew My Soup?
written by Tom Darbyshire and C.F. Payne

The signature book for 2014 is Who Grew My Soup? written by Tom Darbyshire and illustrated by C.F. Payne. In this delightful book, Phineas Quinn questions the vegetable soup his mom serves for lunch. He refuses to slurp a single spoonful until he knows who grew each of the vegetables. Much to his surprise, a man in a flying tomato balloon shows up to answer his questions. Phinneas joins the magical Mr. Mattoo as they fly from farm to farm, learning about the amazing vegetables, and meeting the farmers who grow them.

Who Grew My Soup? as the Agricultural Literacy Week book for 2014 will allow students an opportunity to meet and connect students to the farmers in their backyard. As the nation's conversation is focused on healthy living and eating nutritious foods, it is the perfect time to help our students build the knowledge that nutrition starts on the farm. After listening to the story, the students will participate in an activity featuring MyPlate, eating at least 5 servings of vegetables, and introducing actual farmers that grow their favorite vegetables. All lessons, activities, and extensions are aligned to New York State and Common Core Learning Standards.