Food and Carbon

Garden lesson plan with video, grades 3–12



The carbon “foodprint” of vegetables and fruits is complex, involving how the food is produced, how it reaches us, and what we do with it. In this lesson, students will consider different ways food is produced, transported and consumed and will evaluate how food they grow locally may have a smaller carbon footprint than food found in the grocery store. The two videos that accompany this lesson, The Industrial Tomato and The Local Tomato, highlight the difference in production, transportation, distribution, and quality of the two types of tomatoes.



Garden Lesson Plan

Student Handouts


harvest, carbon, garden

Published April 2014, updated March 2019