Challenge 1: Forgotten Food Forest

For Individuals or Groups (2–5 students per group) — Maximum points: 200 (1 entry per school)

YOUR CHALLENGE: According to Kew’s State of the World Report (2020), of the 7,039 edible plant species, only 417 are considered food crops. Neglected and underutilized edible plant species are an untapped resource that are nutritionally rich and climate resilient. The next green revolution must incorporate a wider diversity of plant species to meet our future food systems needs. Research a forgotten food and create an informational video emphasizing how crop variety is necessary for sustainable agriculture. Downloadable PDF

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 by 5:00 pm

Electronically submit the following:

  • Challenge 1 Entry Form

  • Video uploaded on YouTube and Video URL to entry form
  • Uploaded PDF file to entry form: Bibliography

✓  Entry Requirements:
 Video opening credits include school name, “Challenge 1” and “2021–2022” and a list of participating students
 Video is 10 minutes or less and contains information on sustainable agriculture and how incorporating neglected and underutilized plants into your diet is one way to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
 Video can be animated or documentary style
 Video is uploaded to YouTube and Video URL to entry form

Bibliography cites three sources and follows MLA or APA format and uploaded as a PDF to entry form

 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

Bring your class on a virtual field trip at Fairchild. Please visit Explorer Field Trip Programs for more information.

For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 1 Evaluation Sheet

This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 1 Benchmarks

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew: State of the World’s Plants and Fungi 2020 (Pages 24-31)
Tiziana Ulian et al. 2020: Unlocking plant resources to support food security and promote sustainable agriculture (Extensive plant list on pages 429-437)
Xuan Li and K.H.M. Siddique (2020): Future Smart Food: Harnessing the potential of neglected and underutilized species for zero hunger
Peter J. Gregory et al. (2019): Crops for the future (CFF): an overview of research efforts in the adoption of underutilised species
S. Baldermann et al. (2016): Are neglected plants the food for the future?
Common Tropical Food Forest Plants of South Florida
The Education Fund’s Food Forests for Schools Program