Welcome to Rootopia! Where the art, science, and fun of raising happy, healthy kids come together.
Youth thrive and farmers prosper when we grow, cook and eat delicious, nutritious local foods in schools and at home.
Being connected to local foods is less about distance, and more about relationships. It is about being connected to place and the people and their passion for sharing the products they grow, gather, hunt, raise, catch, or make.
Plus, research shows that growing, cooking, and eating healthy foods with kids leads to a whole lot of good things — from health and academics to leadership and well-being.
Join our hosts Rick Sherman, Farm to Child Nutrition Program Manager at the Oregon Department of Education and Michelle Markesteyn, Farm to School Specialist at Oregon State University Extension as they explore what it means to ...
We have over 40 fun and educational videos for adults and kids to learn about growing food. You can find...
Fun food facts — Did you know the world record for the heaviest radish is 101 pounds? One hundred pounds is about the same amount as 10 cats, a newborn hippopotamus or a 60-inch flat screen TV. Rootopia videos are full of fun facts and the gardening and cooking know-how you need to impress your friends.
Garden activities — Garden-themed activities connect youth with how food is grown, and the various ways in which it is processed and purchased. You will get inspiration and tools to plan, plant, tend, and harvest food with your family, whether in their backyard, on a windowsill, or in a school, rooftop or community garden.
Producer profiles — Meet the folks who make your food. The term “local food” may invoke a sense of distance, but really it is about relationships. It is about being connected to the people and their passion for sharing the products they grow, gather, hunt, raise, catch, or make.
Recipes — If kids cook it, they will eat it. Kitchen-themed activities and recipes will give you modeling of both quick food preparation with kids at home most days of the week and creating memorable culinary experiences.
Table talks — Table topics cover content on the technical aspects of healthy eating and mindful living and not otherwise presented, such as menu planning, goal setting and reflection.