Curriculum and Community Discussion Guide to Accompany the Educational film Deep Roots

2012 Annual Report for YENC12-049

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2012: $1,909.50
Projected End Date: 12/31/2015
Region: North Central
State: Illinois
Project Manager:
Janice Hill
Kane County

Curriculum and Community Discussion Guide to Accompany the Educational film Deep Roots


The work that has been completed on the curriculum guide includes viewing of the film at Richland Community College and with a focus group of community development professionals from Kane County. Additionally, the film was screened at the McLean County Regional Plan Commission. The film was well received by the community college students during a sustainability conference at Richland Community College; and the specific topic of agriculture sustainability fit well into the broader topic of sustainability. Two professors (Dr. Bohrer and Dr. Keating) from North Central College in Naperville used the film in their classroom and their input will be included in the curriculum guide.

Planning Magazine featured the film in their cover story about Fading Family farms published in August, 2012 and this coverage will be incorporated into the curriculum guide and community discussion guide.

Additionally, I will coordinate and communicate with other producers of sustainability curriculum including the Zero Waste curriculum created for teachers that meets the common core standards created by Seven Generations Ahead.


Film screening and follow up input from:

  1. Richland Community College Sustainability Day
  2. Kane County Community Development Professionals
  3. McLean County Plan Commission
  4. North Central College classroom (Bohrer and Keating)
  5. Planning Magazine article, August, 2012
  6. Seven Generations Ahead