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Teacher Observations of a Farm to Table Restaurant

Last Saturday I went to The Lost Kitchen. It's a spectacular farm to table restaurant located in Freedom Maine. The building is made of old hewn wooden boards with big wide beams. It sits on a river, so you must cross a bridge by foot to get to it. It is a price fixed restaurant, so they just keep bringing out food tastes on beautiful plates. We sat at the only four spaces lined up at a counter overlooking the chef cooking.
I tasted small bites of swordfish with plums and greens, fried oysters with aioli on cabbage, three different kinds of beets with candied walnuts and goat cheese, loads of different kinds of tomatoes, and lamb on lentils. With each taste, I thought about how important it is to give tastes to people who are learning. The more tastes of anything people have, the more choice they are given. I came home craving change in the way we spend our eating time. I baked bread and made a simple risotto with onion, arborio rice, vegetable stock, and parmesan cheese. I felt moved to clean up my way of eating, to eat more from the land and less from the mill. In education we need to move from the mills to the farms. Children and teachers deserve to taste the world around them for inspiration. Last week I shared a video of Malala
After my third graders watched it, I read a beautiful book called Ruby's Wish to them.
Then we discussed why girls might not be allowed to have an education. It took a while to get them to move deeper into the conversation, but then one girl said, "I think that people can be controlled by education because if they don't get it, they don't get to make any choices."

Without tastes of things, we will never be moved to change or understand the world in our own ways. If we are always looking at the fast, one size fits all fix, we may never get the kinds of citizens this country was designed to produce.


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