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How To Participate in The Good Garden Food Drive

1. Form a Team

A team can be a class, a grade, a school, an afterschool program, a club or even the kids in your neighborhood.

2. Register Your Team

Registration begins In September 2010 at Registering will allow you to share how much food your team has collected. You need a team leader who is an adult older than 18 years to register your team.

3. Read The Good Garden and Reflect on Its Key Lessons

After reading The Good Garden, ask your students for their ideas on why some people go hungry. Reasons might include: climate variations which affect local food production, living in a poor part of the world or a city where there is little money to buy food, living in an area destabilized by wars or droughts, or not owning land where food could be grown.

4. Explore the Issue

From September to December 2010 explore the issue of food security and the needs in your community and around the world with your team using activities from

5. Collect cans of food and donate to your local food pantry or bring vegetables to school to donate to a local soup kitchen.

Go to to locate your local food pantry in the US.
Go to to locate your local food pantry in Canada.

6. Report How Much You Have Donated

Tell us how much you have donated and see how the combined efforts of children across America are making a difference on The Good Garden Food Drive Wall of Fame.


About the Game: Grades 1-8

The game is designed to be used with The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough, and with free lesson plans, videos and other resources available on to teach children about food security and sustainable agriculture. The program also empowers kids to make a difference through a food drive, school or community garden or other food related initiative.

The game introduces learning cards and new fun rules to transform the traditional Chutes and Ladders« game into an interactive exploration of sustainable agriculture.

The goal of The Good Garden program is to reach classrooms with the message that kids can make a difference in the fight against hunger and empowers them to take action. Children participating in the program will become more globally aware, learn to take personal initiative and work to help others in need.

Teaching Tips

The more knowledge children have about the core lesson's taught in the Good Garden the more fun they will have playing the game and learning the real plight of those facing food insecurity.

Here is a list of teaching tips to review before playing the Good Garden Chutes and Ladder Game:

  1. Have players read the book, The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough and explore
  2. Review key lessons to determine what the students know and what you want them to learn. Key Questions to Ask:
    • What is food insecurity?
    • What struggles do those facing food insecurity have?
    • What can people facing food insecurity do?
    • What can you do to help ?ght hunger?
  3. Read some of the chutes/ladders cards and ask children about what is happening to the farmer
  4. Review glossary board game terms with children:


Organic fertilizer: to mix natural materials, like manure into soil to help plants grow and make the soil healthier.

Compost: a mixture of various decaying organic material, for example dead leaves or grasses, used for building nutritious soil.

Cash Crop: a crop for direct sale in a market, as distinguished from a crop eaten for family survival or fed to livestock.

Crop Insurance: is purchased by farmers, ranchers, and others to protect themselves against the loss of their crops due to natural disasters, such as hail, drought, and ?oods.

Title to land: a legal right to own a piece of land. Usually this is in the form of a piece of paper called a deed. The deed proves that you own the land.

Terrace: giant earthen steps built into a hillside and held in place by shrubs and grasses to keep soil from washing downhill when it rains.

Coyote: an unfair middleman who buys from farmers at a low price and sells to merchants at a big pro?t.

Marigold: a plant with yellow ?owers that smells bad to certain insects such as nematodes, white?y, and bean beetles and keeps them away from crops.

Seed Corn: good quality seeds of corn that farmers save to plant the next season.

Option: Make the glossary section a lesson. Have students read about the words then write a short story or scenario using the words.



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Free* CHUTES AND LADDERS®: The Good Garden Edition for Schools

One Hen, Inc., Hasbro Inc. and Kids Can Press are pleased to offer 500 copies of CHUTES AND LADDERS®: The Good Garden Edition this fall to schools in the USA. Click on the registration link to request a free game(s) for your school (*shipping and handling cost are not included). Register today to get your game, however, if you miss out, more games will be available next spring for Earth Day 2012. Copies of the game, which will not be sold in stores, have been donated by Hasbro and are only available for a limited time.

To qualify for a free game(s):

  • Complete application and shipping/handling payment (Limit 4 games per school)
  • Agree to make an IMPACT and use The Good Garden game to start a service-learning project such as a food drive or support a current school project.
  • Return to this site to report your impact and follow the stories of others

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