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The Food Literacy course was offered in summer of 2012 between July 16th and August 17th.  Food Literacy was chosen as a fitting title because each day the students learned about different aspects and issues related to food. After taking this course, each of them are now better equipped to make informed choices when purchasing, preparing, eating, and sharing food.

Basically, we had 5 weeks to explore the rich and diverse world of food. We raised questions then find out the answers. We learned cooking techniques and came up with our own recipes. We looked at different issues surrounding food and learned how to make informed decisions. Critical thinking skills were paramount. Overall, we ate well and had plenty of time to meet people and visit places that influence the world of food in Vancouver and abroad. We had the freedom to learn from each other and experiment with food. By the end of this course the students developed a solid understanding of food and new skills to show off to their family and friends!

The course was made possible in thanks to a Chapman and Innovation Grant that was provided by the University of British Columbia CLI. In partnership with the Vancouver Homework Club Society, Eric was given the opportunity to design and deliver this course at Britannia Secondary school. The motivation was in part to combine the disciplines of foods with human geography, but also to bridge the gap between socioeconomic status and nutritious eating. The course was intended for students of Britannia Secondary School. Nine students between the ages of 13 and 17 completed this course.  After each class, the remaining food that was prepared was brought to the Kettle Friendship Society, where it was always received with enthusiasm. Please contact Eric Schofield at: appetite4change@gmail.com if you have any questions about this course.

Eric recently completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at UBC, specializing on Human Geography and Home Economics. He is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program at UBC and will graduated in August 2014. He is concentrating on Home Economics and Social Studies, and is completing his practicum at Killarney Secondary in Vancouver. As an educator, he believes that a hands-on learning environment is the most effective way to engage students and allow them to learn through both practical and theoretical methods. He has previously worked as a group home supervisor, a substitute teacher, an au pair, and volunteer firefighter throughout Canada, Europe and the Arctic. Eric has fifteen years experience as hospitality professional, primarily in the role of a waiter.

Active with the Britannia Homework Club as a tutor and mentor since September 2011, he is also a program volunteer with Take a Hike Youth At Risk Foundation, where he developed the course Adventure Based Cooking, and has occasionally volunteered with Project CHEF.  Since childhood, Eric has been inspired by talented chefs, especially his mother, who embodies hospitality and gourmet.  Aside from his true passion for food, adventure in the outdoors has always been his activity of choice.  Eric lives in East Vancouver with his wife Krystle where they try to live as car free and organic a life as possible.

Check out this Food Literacy Word Map for the themes covered in the course!

The direction for Food Literacy is to create a curriculum framework to be introduced into secondary school classrooms. Also, it is the intent to create an alternative school with Food Literacy as the foundation, or more informally, as the needle-and-thread.

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