Food Fun: Growing and Making Your Own Food

Learn how to grow your own fruits and vegetables, and to make your own butter, cheese, and sourdough bread.

About the Activities

Have you ever looked at food from the grocery store and wondered where it came from, how it was grown, processed, and delivered? How many miles did all the ingredients in your pizza travel to get to your plate?


What if it didn't have to be that way? What if you could make your own crust, grow your own herbs, make your own cheese? Grow your own vegetables for a salad?


Well, guess what: You can! In this series of activities, kids will learn how to plant, grow, and produce their own food, from vegetables to cheese, butter, and bread.


Grades: K-12 (adult supervision needed for younger kids)
Topic: Agriculture, Food Security
Time: 30 minutes to 2 weeks, depending on the activity


Brought to you by University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service

My Food Journal activity
Window Greenhouse Garden activity
Microgreens activity
Make Your Own Butter activity
Make Your Own Cheese activity
Sourdough pizzas

Shop 4-H Curriculum and Products

Shop 4-H offers university-backed curriculum, educational kits, and products to grow your interest in gardening, environmental science and more!

gardening bingo activity from Shop 4-H

Gardening Bingo

Players select picture boards and place a chip over the corresponding garden image as cards are read aloud. Each card has facts about flowers or plants.


Marigold Kit (1)

Marigold Grow Kit

This 4-H Grows Here terra cotta colored planter kit includes marigold seeds, a soil disk, and instructions.


gardening essentials from Shop 4-H

Gardening Essentials Bundle

This Gardening Essentials Bundle is the perfect way to introduce youth to growing and nurturing their favorite fruits, vegetables, herbs or flowers, right in their own homes.



Gardening Level A: See Them Sprout

Grades: 3-4


12 fun activities that include germinating seeds, growing pumpkins, experimenting with plants, and exploring vegetables and vegetable products.


4-H tool tote from Shop 4-H

4-H Tool Tote

Helps you take your brushes & tools to the Fair or spend an afternoon in the garden. Features 6 outer pockets and one large opening. Tools not included. Please note size before ordering: 8" tall x 8" diameter


mini herb garden from Shop 4-H

Mini Herb Garden

Grow herbs right inside your kitchen with this mini herb garden! Perfect for any windowsill, this kit comes with 3 pots to grow your own parsley, basil, or chives.




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No endorsement of these supporters' products or services is granted or implied by 4‑H. This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, AFRI - Education and Workforce Development project 2021-67037-33376.

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