The B4FD Project features blog posts from guest writers that explore the far-reaching benefits of family dinner.

Family Dinner Month 2012: Sept 17 -- Oct 29, 2012


School Gardens, Good Food and Family Meals

by Christiane Baker

At Edible Schoolyard NYC, we teach our students the importance of sitting down at a communal table and taking pleasure in sharing food with the ones they love.  For us, this all starts by teaching our students to take pleasure in the hard work that gets food [...]

Grow Good Eaters

Gardening with kids can improve their diet!

 by Kia Robertson

Humans of all ages tend to take interest and care of things that matter to them, whether it’s animals, clothes, toys or their bodies. Fruits and vegetables can be a “tough sell” to kids and I think one way we can change [...]

Making Your Urban Garden a Reality

by Mike Lieberman

April 22 is Earth Day this year and Blog for Family Dinner has been focusing on greening your family dinner. One way that’s been highlighted is by eating food grown from you garden.

What about those of us that don’t have the space or room for a garden?

That’s a common [...]

Starting Seeds Indoors, What You Need To Know

Young seedlings at Glacial Lakes Permaculture. Photo by Karl Schmidt.

by Karl Schmidt

Every time I go down to my basement and think about the little seedlings that will soon pop up their little heads from the flats I’ve set out, under the light of fluorescent bulbs, and warmed gently from below [...]

Mommy, Do You Like My Chemicals?

By Colleen Levine

In an ideal world, my two children would be encouraged to join me in the kitchen as often as possible. At the mature age of 5, however, my son has other things on his mind many evenings and my 18-month-old, well, let’s just say she hasn’t yet been quite as [...]

How I Learned to Love Vegetables

by Ana Brady

photo courtesy of happykanppy/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I have the feeling that our grandparents didn’t have to think so hard in order to eat healthy. Nowadays it’s almost rocket science to think up and stick to a natural healthy food eating habit.

My two cousins manage to do it. They turned vegetarian [...]

Sharing Traditional Meals For Modern Health

by Sarah Dwyer

Many of my friends’ best food memories come from their grandmothers’ kitchen tables. Renee’s Italian nonna made the best tomato sauces in her new Toronto home.  Will’s obaasan from Japan served him miso soup for breakfast. My Irish grandma seemed to cook cabbage by the ton. These cultural food traditions not [...]

Eight Secrets to Easy Composting

by Aviva Goldfarb

Composting is one of Mother Nature’s miracles – it turns organic waste (like grass clippings, raked leaves, veggie peelings, fruit rinds and other produce leftovers) into rich soil.  And it is one of the easiest things the average family can do to reduce their footprint and help the environment naturally.  [...]