free-range chickens

If You Give a Kid a Spatula …

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | May 16th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: cage-free eggs, children in the kitchen, csa, family meals, farm share, free-range chickens, getting kids to eat, healthy-eating, if you give a kid a spatula, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, kids cook, local food, parenting, pastured eggs, pasturized eggs, sustainable farming

I hope my kids learn to cook. And love to it as much as I do.

I truly believe that one of the greatest gifts we can give our children is an appreciation for food. And by food, I mean real food — food that doesn’t come out of a can or microwaveable container. This hope is not just for my children; I hope more and more kids everywhere grow up with a renewed understanding of where food comes from and a respect for the plants and animals they eat.

Instead of citing studies about the rise of childhood obesity and rambling on about why teaching our kids to cook will make the world a better place, I’ve written a hopeful little story (with respectful credit due to Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond, authors of many beloved children’s books, including, of course, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie). I hope you like it.

The Truth about Free-Range Chicken

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | August 24th, 2006 | 3 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: farmers markets, free-range chickens, free-range eggs, human treatment, poultry

I’m not a vegetarian, but I am an animal lover, and I do care about how livestock and poultry are treated before they end up on my plate. That’s why I’ve become increasingly interested in the notion of free-range chicken and eggs — I envision the chicken I’m eating (or her eggs) whiling away her days in a grassy pastoral with plenty of fresh air and water.