Grow On for Kids

A Food Education Program

Grow-On is Common Ground Food Co-op’s in-school educational program.

This program offers complete lessons developed around food to support schools' existing educational programs. They have been specifically designed to meet the needs of young children and to meet state standard requirements. This program is free, taught by the Common Ground Staff, and all programs include a healthy snack!

To request a visit, fill out this form. For more information, email our Education Coordinator or call the co-op at (217) 352-3347. 


I Eat Fruit and I Eat Vegetables
by Hannah Tofts 
Age: PK
Activity: Students will get to smell, feel, 
and taste different fruits and vegetables 
and participate in a matching class activity


by Denise Fleming
Age: K-2nd
Activity: Students will learn about healthy lunches through a group discussion of foods that provide energy and ones that do not. They will also make their own “lunch” collage to take home as a reminder of what to eat for lunch!

Don't Yuck My Yum
by Amy Pleimling
Age: K-2nd
Activity: Students will learn about how to feel positive about food and that saying negative things about food can affect the eating habits of others. They will also learn  valuable nutritional information and how to eat foods that are many different colors.

One Bean
by Anne Rockwell
Age: 1st-2nd
Activity: Students will use the information from the story to work as a class to help plant a seed and discuss what is needed to grow a seed. Each student will also plant his or her own vegetable seed to care for and grow.


The Best Book of Bugs
by Claire Llewellyn
Age: 3rd-5th
Activity: Students will learn about how bugs make our world a better place. Students will also do the Bug Dance. 

The Vegetables We Eat
by Gail Gibbons
Age: 3rd-5th
Activity: After learning the different parts of plants we eat and how they grow, students will have the opportunity to create the very own “super vegetable”! Through imagery and imagination, students will learn that we eat everything from roots to seeds. 

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
by Marjorie Priceman
Age: 3rd-5th
Activity: Students will define Local, Regional, and Global and learn why we have so many ways to describe food choices. Students will work in groups to decide where certain grocery items come from.

Wiggling Worms at Work
by Wendy Pfeffer
Age: 3rd-5th
Activity: Students will learn about 
decomposition. They will also learn about the transformation of food wastes back into food-creating soil components. One elements waste is another’s food source.

6th +

The Bee Tree
by Patricia Polacco
Age: 6th-7th
Activity: Students will glimpse into the world of honeybees. They will learn about their history, anatomy, social behavior, ecological role and importance in our food cycle.