Majid lives in Beirut, Lebanon. He and his classmates are spending the day away from school and outdoors. As Majid gets to his school he sees all of his classmates who are very eager to get going with their trip. With his classmates are dozens and dozens of stone pine saplings. Majid and his class will spend the day planting all of these trees. He has never planted a tree before. Even though they are small now these stone pine trees will grow large with billowy leaves. These trees also make pine nuts which are a part of many of the foods that Majid likes to eat. In the morning, Majid eats lahm bi ajeen which is made of flatbread, beef and vegetables; including pine nuts. As Majid spends his day planting new trees he hopes other people will be able to get pine nuts from them for many, many years.
Leena lives in Helsinki, Finland. She is spending the day with her grandparents in a forest. Together they are foraging for food. Foraging means searching for food that is growing naturally. Leena enjoys spending this time with her grandparents because they teach her what foods of the forest are good for cooking. She also learns from them what foods they should leave alone. Leena’s grandmother and grandfather were surprised and happy when they found a big bunch of nutritious mushrooms. They picked the mushrooms and carried them back in their baskets. Once they got home Leena’s grandparents used those mushrooms in a creamy mushroom salad. Leena was happy to know that she helped to find a healthy dinner for her family.
Oliver lives in Canberra, Australia. He is visiting the Floriade festival with his older sister. The Floriade festival is one of the city’s most popular events and is one of the largest flower festivals in the world! Not only does the festival have many beautiful flowers but also, they have classes on how to help the environment by reducing waste. Oliver and his sister learned that all forms of waste can hurt the environment, even food waste. They learned a helpful trick. Instead of throwing away small amounts of remaining foods they could instead try to create a new dish with those leftover ingredients combined together. That evening Oliver surprised his sister by making a dinner dish called tofu stir fry. The vegetables he used in the stir fry were combined from leftover vegetables Oliver had in their refrigerator.
Mia lives in New York City, USA. She was asked by her mom to pick up some food for dinner. But Mia does not live near a grocery store. Where should she go? Mia decides to visit the local community garden to try to buy some food. Even though she lives in the middle of a very busy city she can find fresh fruits and vegetables in the community garden. The garden sells food that it grows to the local area and also donates food to people who cannot afford to buy. That evening she made a mixed green salad for her family which had mixed greens, tomatoes and cucumbers. She was able to get all of these ingredients from the community garden. Mia hopes that more parts of the city will get a community garden of their own.
Ianne lives in Cotonou, Benin. She was surprised when her aunt brought home a very large bag of yams. Yams are an important food for Ianne’s family because they are in many of the meals that Ianne eats. Sometimes though, poor roads make it difficult for farmers to get their yams and other foods to the market. Ianne’s aunt said that the roads have improved a lot recently and that is a reason why she is able to buy more yams than usual. Ianne is very happy too because she loves it when her aunt makes igname pilé à la sauce d’arachide a dish made with yams and peanut stew. Ianne hopes that the roads stay clear and continue to improve so she can keep enjoying her aunts delicious cooking.