Every High School Should Have a Class Like This

In a neighborhood of fast food and low incomes, a high school tries to show students that there are fresh and healthy ways to eat.

In a great article in this weekend's New York Times, juniors and seniors at Automotive High School in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, are taking a class called "Food, Land, and You." In the photo above, the students are visiting the Meat Hook shop, where the meat is fresh and local and every bit of it is used. According to the article:

[The students] study factory farming and corn subsidies, read articles by Michael Pollan and Wendell Berry and watch documentaries like “Food, Inc.,” a dark look at the nation’s industrialized food system. They also tend a 2,500-square-foot organic vegetable garden that borders their school, financing it with funds they raise and with support from the New York chapter of Slow Food U.S.A. In season, their plot teems with cucumbers, eggplant, okra, peas, red cabbage, spinach, tomatoes and many herbs. The teenagers can take the food home free, and they sell the rest at an after-school farm stand.

Are you wondering if the class is popular? According to the principal it's one of the most sought-after classes at the school.

You can read the full article here.

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