Ecoliteracy at Mountaintop: Garden to Table Program & Related Curriculum Content Daily, our eating turns nature into culture, transforming the body of the world into bodies and minds. Through the eyes of the cook or the gardener or the farmer who grew it, food reveals itself for what it is; no mere thing but a web of relationships among a great many living beings, some of them human, some not, but each of them dependent on the others, and all of them ultimately rooted in soil and nourished by sunlight. I’m thinking of the relationship between plants and the soil, between the grower and the plants and animals he or she tends, between the cook and the growers who supply those ingredients, and between the cook and the people who will soon come to the table to enjoy the meal. It is a large community to nourish and be nourished by. Michael Pollan The Mountaintop Garden to Table Program is based on curriculum and learning competencies from the Center for Ecoliteracy and the AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy. In addition to environmental knowledge, education for sustainability includes the acquisition of particular skills, values and vision needed to put that knowledge into practice. Education for sustainable living cultivates competencies of head, hand, heart and spirit to enable children to develop toward becoming citizens capable of designing and maintaining sustainable societies. Head Ecological knowledge The ability to think systematically The ability to think critically, to solve problems creatively, and to apply environmental ethics to new situations The ability to assess the impact of human technologies and actions to envision the long-term consequences of decisions. Heart A deeply felt concern for the well-being of the Earth and all living things Empathy and the ability to see from and appreciate multiple perspectives A commitment to equity, justice, inclusivity, and respect for all people Skills in building, governing, and sustaining communities Hands The ability to apply ecological knowledge to the practice of ecological design Practical skills to create and use tools, objects, and procedures required by sustainable communities The ability to assess and make adjustments to uses of energy and resources The capacity to convert convictions into practical and effective action Spirit A sense of wonder A capacity for reverence A deep appreciation of place A feeling of kinship with the natural world, and the ability to invoke that feeling in others Garden to Table Curriculum Framework Exploring where our food comes from and how it is produced Investigating how culture shapes our choices and behavior Observing the relationship between food and our health Researching the links between our food and the environment 96