Educational initiative misrepresented

If all press is good press than Lawns to Loaves is doing very well! The initiative was featured in Maclean’s article 99 stupid things the government spent your money on. At least we were in good company, there were a number of environmental and social projects making the list – and a lot of them sound like good ideas to me!

Our response to the editor:

We were excited to see our small grass-roots project highlighted in Macleans. Thank you for drawing attention to the important topic of food and health in Canada. In number 35 on your list of stupid things the government spent your money on, you highlight the Lawns to Loaves project as an initiative “through which 30 homeowners in the city could replace their grass lawns with wheat.”

Beyond growing wheat in a number of private, school and community gardens, the Environmental Youth Alliance also worked with hundreds of youth to educate them about healthy food choices and where their food comes from. Engaging these youth in hands on opportunities to: plant, thresh, mill and bake wheat they grew themselves, was cited as a transformative experience by both the youth and high school teachers we engaged.

The majority of the $5000 we received was used to develop educational programming and support local schools in an ongoing effort to promote more participatory, hands-on learning experiences related to healthy food choices and environmental stewardship. 

Sincerely,

The Environmental Youth Alliance Team

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