Smith: The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s Book of the Year, Right This Very Minute, serves as an educational tool to teach children where food comes from. Author Lisl H. Detlefsen says the book helps children understand the hard work farmers and ranchers do to produce our food.
Detlefsen: For a lot of children their first exposure to what a farm looks like and does is in a picture book, and it’s important for kids to get to see what farming looks like and understand where their food comes from so they can appreciate that the journey to their table doesn’t start at the grocery store, it actually starts on a farm where very hard-working people are using really interesting machines to make it possible for them to have their meals.
Smith: She says the idea for the book started one day when her family sat down to eat a meal.
Detlefsen: Right This Very Minute was a project that started when I was thinking about while my family was eating our meal, at that exact time, there were other family farmers around the country working hard to grow the food that would end up on my table. And I was thinking that would make a really interesting book to go back and forth between here is the meal that you are eating right now, and at that same time, somewhere around the country there’s a farmer working hard to make that food possible.
Smith: She says there are many educational resources available online that complement the book in the classroom.
Detlefsen: The wonderful thing about the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is they have an amazing website that’s got a lot of resources. My family and many other families have done some great Right This Very Minute videos where they show what’s happening on their farm. They have some lesson plans and activities you can do with my book and many other books. That’s a great way of getting kids interested by starting with the book and then taking it further in the classroom and making those connections with hands-on activities.
Smith: Look for the book and resources online at agfoundation.org. Chad Smith, Washington.