PROJECT LOCALIZE is an educational program that helps classrooms identify and promote sustainable economic, cultural and social progress in their communities. Students research what happens in a locally-based food system, conduct interviews with food producers, farmers, and key stakeholders at the local level, then turn their findings into information artworks that illustrate what sustainability looks like in their own backyards. This project-based learning experience concludes by showing students how to share their findings with a series of pop up shows and public events that put a name and a face on food in their communities.
Project Localize is a decorated program designed for juniors and seniors in high school. A related version of Project Localize is also offered for younger students upon request and a College level film production Project Localize program is in pilot form in the fall of 2015.
A Spanish language version of Project Localize is also available upon request.
Community outreach, informational artwork creation, knowledge of food systems, positive teamwork, civic engagement, food culture research, and awareness of agricultural practices.
“If I want to make a difference in my food system, I have to show those that represent me that I care and want to see change.”Student
“It is such a fulfilling feeling to share the stories of people, like the farmers and producers I meet, who love their work. With the help of Project Localize, I feel as if the time and effort put into the artwork was worth it after knowing that their stories will be heard nationwide.”Student
“It helped me understand and appreciate the hard work people put in to making the economy and environment better to live in. It is so important to know where your food comes and think this project will help communities realize that there are people and places working hard to make a difference, I think this project was very eye opening.”Student
“I found a profound interest in sustainable agriculture and how it all works. I have a feeling that I might be taking an environmental studies-type class in college for sure.”Student
“This project made me want to start a garden near my house and try to educate myself on what is happening in the World.”Student
The Lexicon now offers a complete teacher’s toolkit including: Curriculum Binder, Double DVD, “Local” book, Classroom Posters. Click below.
To learn more about Proyecto Localiza
CONTACT MARIA JOSE PALOMAR
The winners were chosen by our panel of esteemed judges.
Winners from the Project Localize Awards are invited to join the Lexicon of Sustainability in Washington, D.C. to present their work on Capitol Hill.