Category Archives: Social Studies

The Personal Finance class tracked their spending….

And here are our results…

Our class of about ten collected grocery receipts for two weeks and this is what we found: ODS loves processed foods!Pie chart

According to NPR’s food blog, our results are not far off from the US population. Processed foods have made a huge jump on the spending ladder in the past 30 years.

pm-gr-foodprices-462-03Still, our class encountered a difference in opinions; Are healthy foods more costly, or cheaper than processed foods? We spent the most money on processed foods, but we also bought the highest quantity of these foods. Fruits and vegetable tend to have less calories per dollar than processed foods and sweets.

This article from NPR demonstrates Why Processed Food Is Cheaper Than Healthier Options.

However, the government found that healthy food is no more costly than junk food.

Our conclusion: Gathering data is a complicated process with many factors that can skew our results. Politics, nutrition science and food availability make it nearly impossible to reach a conclusion!


GrassRoots Garden

If you have not visited GrassRoots Garden, a trip up Coburg Rd. is a must. This Food for Lane County garden provides food security to all of Lane County and serves as a model for urban farmers throughout the region.

GrassRoots Garden
GrassRoots Garden

Our trip to GrassRoots was set up to show the students how they could get involved in the local community. There are opportunities for learning in each garden activity, from harvesting and packaging produce to preparing and cooking the volunteer lunch. GrassRoots is where people from all areas of the community come together and grow food for one another.

Merry and the group showing off our fall colors.