Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ag Chat: Who Grew My Soup?

The primary role of my new job is to educate students, teachers and community members about agricultural education through workshops, classroom visits and career fairs.  If you've been reading The Purple Front Door for any length of time, you probably know that this is something near and dear to my heart.  It's how I was raised, but it should be important to everyone because we all eat!  

Frankly, farmers feed us!  

Bloggers represent a wide variety of people/interests/backgrounds and I want to do my part to continue to spread what is important to me and my life, but how it also impacts everyone.  With that I'm bringing back Ag Chat with The Purple Front Door....

For the last two weeks I had the privilege to help educate 8th graders from 13 area schools at our county's annual Education for Employment Career Conference.  While doing some digging about prospective topics, I came across the book Who Grew My Soup? by Tom Darbyshire.  While the content of the book was a little young for 8th graders, the message conveyed was too good not to share!  

Phineas Quinn appears to be just another young boy refusing to eat his vegetables, until he begins to wonder, “Where exactly do the vegetables come from?”  Who grew his soup?  Enter a flying tomato hot air balloon and one SOUPervisor…  Phin is transported to the farms where the vegetables were grown and learns valuable lessons from the farmers who grew them!  

By clicking this link, you’ll have the opportunity to listen and learn more about Tom Darbyshire’s book, Who Grew My Soup?  My only qualm with the video is where they show a Holstein cow while Tom is talking about raising Black Angus.  I'm certain Tom knows the difference, but someone needed to sit through one of my classroom presentations!  

I encourage you to check out (literally and figuratively) the book and let me know what you think.  Maybe even read it with your family, I'm certain it will spark some conversation around your kitchen table!


  1. What a great idea to teach kids about farming and agriculture and to take a step back and realize where your food comes from!

  2. This is amazing. Seriously. Thanks for teaching America's Youth!