(Discover the World)
Written by Amy Chartier
Penguins: Do three requirements including the two starred *
____ 1*. Visit a local (non-chain) restaurant or bakery. What was your favorite food item offered there?
____ 2*. Make a list of foods that are grown in your state. What other products come from your area?
Otters: Do four requirements including the two starred *
____ 1*. Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.
____ 2*. Make a list of 5 local businesses and what you can buy there.
Dolphins: Do five requirements including the two starred *
____ 1*. Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.
____ 2*. Find a local alternative to 3 items or foods in your home (you don't have to actually buy them!). Make a list of when different foods are in season for your area.
Butterflies: Do six requirements including the two starred *
____ 1*. Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2. Find where 10 foods in your home were grown.
____ 2*. Find on a map or globe where every item of clothing you are wearing was made (including shoes). Is any of it made in our country? Are there domestic clothing manufacturers?
Eagles: Do seven requirements including the two starred *
____ 1*. Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.
____ 2*. Ask a local business person how buying local affects them. Compare prices at a local store and a chain store. Which is more expensive? Why? Does one have better quality?
Owls: Do 9 requirements including the two starred.
_____ 1. * Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2
_____ 2. * Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.
____ 3. Visit your local farmers market and talk to a vendor about what they grow.
____ 4. Visit a local farm stand.
____ 5. Visit a local/non-chain store. Check out your local downtown. What types of businesses are there?
____ 6. Eat a locally-sourced meal.
____ 7. Make (or buy) a unique or traditional food from your area.
____ 8. Go to a local craft fair and talk to a vendor about what they make. How did they get started?
____ 9. Learn about Slow Food or Farm to School programs.
____ 10. Learn about a local artist and see their work.
____ 11. Listen to a local musician.
____ 12. Take part in a community garden project.
____ 13. Learn about local currency.
____ 14. Hear a local author speak or read one of their books.
____ 15. Read To Market To Market, The OxCart Man, or another book about food sourcing.
____ 17. What are the benefits of buying from a local person or business instead of a chain store? What are some of the challenges local businesses face?
____ 18. Think of some local business opportunities. What could you add to your community?