This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Wheat Food Council. All opinions are 100% mine.
If there is one thing I am a fan of, it’s definitely eating! But, have you ever thought of HOW the food you are eating actually made it from the field to the fork? Because it is so easy to drive to my local market and buy a loaf of wheat bread, I never take the time to think about what goes into making the food that I love.
If you have the same questions, check out the new interactive, online multimedia program called How Wheat Works. This website delivers a farm-to-fork education on wheat, enabling a better understanding of its nutritional value. After signing up for an account, you become a virtual farmer! After learning about the differences in classes of wheats, you will choose which type of wheat you want to grown on your farm. The first phase is planting where you will plant your crop and watch it begin to grow (I chose hard winter wheat which I can use to make bagels and pizza crust! YUM!). After 24 hours, you will receive an email prompting you to return to the website to participate in the next step, harvest. Activity suggestions at the end of each phase allow participants to extend their learning experience through preparing wheat-based recipes, exploring wheat grown in their area through our state wheat commission member sites and viewing harvest videos from “America’s Heartland.”
And if you need more incentive to participate in the program, theWheat Foods Council will donate two pounds of flour, up to 90,000 pounds, to Operation Homefront, a non-profit that provides assistance to needy U.S. troops and their families.
This program is also being extended to youth by providing a kid-friendly website containing games, quizzes, and recipes (how good does Almond Chicken Bagel Sandwiches sound!?!) By arming citizens with information, the Wheat Council hopes to teach people how a whole or enriched grain food comes to be can shed new light on wheat nutrition, resulting in informed food choices.
So, break out your overalls, feed the chickens and start planting!