Food Systems for Thought, and Change

Learn how food gets to your table, and the impact modern food production has on communities and the environment.

About the Activities

Where does the food you eat come from? How does it get to you, and where does it go when you’re done with it? How has food production changed over the years, and how can we make big changes in the world by choosing carefully what we eat? In this series of at-home activities, youth will learn the answers to all of these questions as they explore modern food systems. Along the way, they’ll learn how they fit into the food system and how they can engage in addressing social and environmental issues related to food consumption.

Brought to you by New York State 4-H, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Grades: 7-10
Topic: Food Systems, Civic Engagement

A worker preparing food in a market
Farmers market with a bunch of vegetables for sale
A person taking care of plants in a greenhouse
A few people examining food on a conveyor
A variety of food on a table
Three green trashcans
A mother and daughter cooking
A woman stocking a community fridge

Shop 4-H Curriculum and Products

Shop 4-H offers university-backed curriculum, educational kits, products and supplies to expand your knowledge of cooking, food, and nutrition.


4-H Clover Cookie Cutter

Bring 4-H into your kitchen with this metal 4-H cookie cutter. This cutter makes for an excellent cooking competition or food demonstration prize.


4-H Cooking 101 Curriculum from Shop 4-H

4-H Cooking 101

Grades: 6-12

Learn to avoid spreading germs while cooking, measure and mix ingredients, test baked goods for doneness, brown meat, and set the table for a family meal.


4-H clover aprons from Shop 4-H

4-H Clover Apron

All good cooks need an apron when they are whisking around the kitchen! Cook in style while showing your 4-H pride!


4-H oven mitt from Shop 4-H

4-H Oven Mitt

Turn up the heat in the kitchen while showing off your 4-H pride! The 4-H Oven Mitt makes a great gift for the chef in your home.




Fresh Chefs Cooking Essentials Bundle

The Fresh Chefs Cooking Essentials Bundle helps young chefs learn their way around the kitchen. Set includes a spatula, measuring cups, and 2 Flex-it cutting boards.




Fantastic Foods: Six Easy Bites

Grades: 3-12


This food activity guide helps kids learn about different food ingredients, characteristics, and safety issues.




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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 2021-67037-33376.9

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