Weekly roundup: Students learn to follow the food chain, research program honors fallen WWII heroes, and more

Orange high school students are learning through hands-on experience about food production through the new Youth Food Literacy Program.

The Orange County Register chronicled how 13 juniors and seniors from El Modena and Orange high schools are participating in the program – a collaboration between Orange Home Grown, the city of Orange and the Orange Unified School District, with funding from the Picerne Family Foundation.

News chalkboard graphicThrough the program, students have learned about seeds, picked vegetables at the Orange Home Grown education farm, met with farmers at Orange Home Grown’s Saturday morning farmers market, visited with bakers and business owners at OC Baking Company and Haven Gastropub, and donned their own chef hats to make pasta at the CulinaryLab Cooking School, according to the Register.

One of the main lessons organizers hope students will take away from the experience is to follow the food chain to gain a first-hand understanding of where food is coming from – not just the view from the dinner table, said coordinator Glory Johnson said.

Here are a few other news items from throughout Orange County for the week ending Feb. 23.

  • A project coordinated by the non-profit National History Day organization seeks to tell the stories of fallen WWII heroes by empowering a handful of student-and-teacher teams to conduct extensive research.
  • About 150 students, parents and teachers gathered outside Los Alamitos High for the pro-gun control demonstration. Passing drivers continually honked, presumably as a display of support.

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