Submitted by Jessica Spangler
With the help of other girls in her troop, Girl Scout Senior Makayla earned the Harvest Award as part of the “Sow What?” Journey and created lasting change by educating and inspiring youth to appreciate local food and the impact of the food print on the environment.
The girls did many activities including art, games, stories, and videos to learn about food prints, commit to new food habits, learn about hunger, and give thanks. Then, they made a poster detailing why they should change the world for the better. Makayla created a goal: use her love of baking to educate others about buying local food!
The girls then dug deeper and tapped the knowledge of community experts. Armed with clipboards, they visited a local farmer’s market and asked important questions of the farmers while experiencing the amazing produce they had to offer.
Makayla’s plan involved creating a video to educate others about buying local food and food prints. While baking a gluten-free cake, girls took turns telling viewers what a food print is, how they will change their own habits, the importance of their project, and the wisdom passed on to them by the farmers. The girls pledged to improve their food network at the end of the video.
Makayla delivered the finished cake and video to Urban Peak, a homeless shelter for youth. She encouraged them to use the video to educate staff and youth at the shelter about their food prints!
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