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Mission:Explore Food

The second in the series: A revolutionary cookbook, guide, fieldbook and atlas

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We need your help to create Mission:Explore Food, the latest in the series of children's books which The Society of Authors have said "encourage children to explore the world around them, developing their curiosity, confidence and courage along the way…".

Mission:Explore Food will be a revolutionary cookbook, guide, fieldbook and atlas to what we grow in the ground, chase around fields, put in our mouths, poo out our bums and plant our seeds in. The book will include scores of both delicious and disgusting recipes, missions, games and wisdom on good ways to find, eat and dispose of food.

Written by The Geography Collective (a team of teachers, academics, artists and explorers) in partnership with City Farmers and illustrated by Tom Morgan-Jones, Mission:Explore Food will go where no other family food-related book dares!

The first Mission:Explore Book won the Hay Festival & National Trust Outdoor Book of the Year and is Pink Stinks for being forward thinking and positive on gender issues. Our next book will be even bigger and better.

Mission:Explore Food will cover sustainable, healthy, slow, self-grown, urban farmed, ethical, local and international food. Readers will be encouraged to think critically and creatively about where their food comes from, how it's transported, traded, processed, prepared, cook, eaten and disposed of.

Chapters in the 320 page full colour and illustrated hardback book include:

     1. Grow
     2. Harvest
     3. Cook
     4. Eat
     5. Waste
     6. Soil

In true Mission:Explore style readers will be challenged to complete missions which involve planting, digging, watering, finding, foraging, growing, investigating, testing, questioning, sifting, rolling, talking, throwing, climbing, harvesting, hunting, picking, sharing, learning, soiling, pooing, weeing, recycling, trading, singing, creating, cooking, stiring, boiling, grating, skimming, churning, thinking, mapping, eating, tasting, smelling, sniffing, burning, chilling, drinking, gargling, farming, playing and fooding.

We will be preparing free units of work to help teachers use the book in schools across the curriculum. The missions will also be integrated with www.missionexplore.net so that readers can collect points and earn rewards for their efforts.

If you are a charity or food related organisation and would like to support the book in a way that is not directly on offer on this page please let us know.

We plan for the book to retail at £20 a copy and to launch at the Hay Festival 2012. Please help us to make this happen and be a part of something special!

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Here are a few words from other people on Mission:Explore.

"Mission Explore by the Geography Collective and published by Can of Worms Press was ‘mischievous, quirky and fun. full of truly challenging, thought provoking and slightly bonkers activities. Nicola Davies particularly liked the ‘Mint Stint’ which asks readers to see how far they can cycle sucking the same mint, giving page space for the route maps of three attempts.’ But the judges admired the book as being a lot more than frivolous entertainment ,  liking the way it fosters an attitude of observation , enquiry and engagement with the world,, asking children to interact with their environment, interact question it and think about it – and to play with ideas, places, objects  - a playful approach that is the foundation of all creativity." Society of Authors on becoming a runner up for the Best Education Writer of the Year Award 2011.

"Mission:Explore is bold, cool, exciting, innovative, geographic, educational…and just plain fun! Every curious kid, budding geographer, and responsible parent should have a copy!" National Geographic Education

"Mission:Explore is splendid - great fun, and a lovely way to get children out into their environment and using their brains." Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood

"We love the creativity of Mission:Explore and the way it creates experiences for all children so they can share, learn and play together." Pinkstinks Approved

"Designed to be read, scribbled on, illustrated, smeared, scratched and sniffed, it may just be the most revolutionary geography-related book ever published." Geographical Magazine

"Learning to engage with the world around you is the key to effective citizenship education, Mission:Explore sits at the heart of what we believe is good citizenship education!" Ade Sofola, Citizenship Foundation

"THE KIDS' CLASSIC - Attempting to travel with a wriggly child? Buy a copy of Mission:Explore, a book of 102 spy-style tasks and assignments, such as 'How far can you travel while sucking the same mint?' and 'Make a map revealing local cat routes'. It's like bringing along a nanny with endless patience and a James Bond fixation." Sunday Times Travel Magazine

* Project Update 1 *

Download a first draft sample of 12 missions that will feature in Mission:Explore Food in the update tab. Each spread comes from a different chapter in the book.

** Project Update 2 **

If we hit our target we'll give Mission:Explore Food Taster to every school in the UK.

We've decided to make Mission:Explore Food Taster, a lite version of Mission:Explore Food that will include 150 missions, activities and recipes. If we hit our funding target we'll send a PDF copy to every school in the UK and make it freely available to download. Schools will be free to print missions activities and share the book with families. Mission:Explore Food Taster will be a book in its own right and include all of the chapters that feature in Mission:Explore Food.

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Update #12

10th Oct 2012By Mission:Explore

Hello!

It's now nearly a year since we started working on Mission:Explore Food and with your help we made it happen. On September 1st the book was published and since then we've been getting wonderful reviews from children, parents, teachers and food-related organisations. We've also been shortlisted for the Best Learning Outside the Classroom Innovator 2012 and would very much appreciate your vote of here!

This week we are starting a Mission:Explore Food Expedition and will be travelling around the UK working with children and families to explore food in new ways. We are visiting lots of schools and are posting our public events on Facebook.

We were delighted this week when the the Guardian recommended Mission:Explore Food to help children learn about growing, harvesting, cooking, eating, waste and soil during World Food Day next week. 

Mission:Explore Food is currently just £15 from Guardian books (saving £5) and this includes postage and packaging. We (of course) think the book makes an excellent gift. If you are thinking of buying one or more copies do take advantage of this offer before it ends. It will also help our book ratings if you do it soon!

Click here to order Mission:Explore Food from the Guardian for just £15 (incl p&p) click here. 

Thank you very much for your ongoing support. Keep exploring!

Mission:Explore

@MissionExplore @GeoCollective & @City_Farmers

Update #11

28th Aug 2012By Mission:Explore

Hello again explorer!

Can you be in London this Saturday?

Join us for an epic mission across the capital to celebrate the launch of Mission:Explore Food in print. We're going to be exploring London to harvest food from every nation on Earth in an attempt to create an awesome world map entirely from food that we've gathered.

For full details visit  http://foodworldmapmission.eventbrite.com/. See you soon!?

The Mission:Explore Team

Update #10

28th Aug 2012By Mission:Explore

Hello Explorer,

It's now just 4 days until the printed edition of Mission:Explore Food is officially published. We're very excited!

To celebrate we've made the Kindle eBook edition (for iPad, iPhone and Kindle Fire) available to download for free for a very short time. Click here to download your copy now before the price changes! 

The next four weeks are crucial for us as we work to make the book a success. It would be fantastic if you could help us in our effort to get the book noticed. Here are a few things that you can do to help.

Talk about it. Please tell people about the book. You could tell a friend, write a blog post, tweet, or add the book to a newsletter. Our press release might help you. We would also love to have a review on Mumsnet and other websites.

Get it. It's (not) nearly Christmas! Mission:Explore Food makes an awesome present for winter celebrations, birthdays and other celebrations. Ordering Mission:Explore Food now on Amazon or in your local bookshop will help us to get the book charting and noticed. Please do pre-order!

Review it. Reviews really do help! If you can add a short review to Amazon, Waterstones or other websites that will really help us to make the book a success.

Come and play. We'll be sending out another message soon with details of our (re)launch event in London this Saturday. Follow @MissionExplore on Twitter and check for another update soon for full details.

Thank you so much for your support.

The Mission:Explore Food team

Update #9

19th Jul 2012By Mission:Explore

Hello Explorers!

We're delighted to report that Mission:Explore Food is now in our Explorers HQ. It's beautiful and we can't wait to get them in the post to you.

Flooding at our printers in Wales has slowed things a little (well, lots) and we're very sorry for the delay. The good news is that we'll be signing your books next week and getting them to you shortly after that... so not long to wait now! 

The eBook is available on Graphicly, Kindle Fire and iBooks now. If you've seen the book and have got a couple of minutes it would be fantastic if you could add a short review and lots of stars for us!

The printed book will officially be available on September 1st, ready for Harvest Festivals. Our wonderful distributors, Can of Worms, currently have an offer for two copies for £30 (saving £10) on their website though. This follows our trip to Latitude Festival where we worked with over 1,000 children from our Mission:Explore HQ Spaceship (van). We're going to be taking this van on a little tour in September and October. If you'd like to host a visit let us know on our Facebook page here.

Thanks again for your support and we'll post again when the books are in the post.

The Geography Collective & City Farmers

Update #8

21st Jun 2012By Mission:Explore

Dear Explorer,

Next week we're going to be getting a delivery of very special alternative cookbooks. The story of these books is a beautiful one. It's a story of collaboration, cooperation, creativity and overcoming dangers. You be aware that the River Rheidol in Wales recently broke its banks and parts of Aberystwyth flooded. This included our printers and their presses. 

As we're understanding guerrilla geographers we didn't panic, but opened a copy of Mission:Explore Food and picked a recipe. Within a day Helen had baked some of Menah's Country Cookies from the Cook chapter. They were sent in a tin on a rescue mission to the wonderful printing team the same day. Hopefully the sugar helped to get them through what must been a horrid time. We're pleased to say that the books are being printed on schedule in a secret location and we've been promised that they'll be arriving next week.

We're very excited about our little launch party next Saturday at Hackney City Farm. We would love to see you there if you can make it. Please visite http://missionexplorefoodlaunch.eventbrite.com to RSVP ASAP. We'll be at Latitude Festival in the kids area too. Do come and say hello if your going too.

The book is officially being published in September.

Thanks again for your ongoing support. 

Keep exploring!

The Geography Collective with City Farmers

 

Update #7

15th May 2012By Mission:Explore

Hello!

Mission:Explore Food is going exceedingly well. Following your support we've been working hard to make missions, ink illustrations and plan for the birth of our latest book.

The book is packed with some stunning missions and illustrations. We promise that you will gasp at a few too.

 

We REALLY need your help to pick which cover to make into the final thing. If you have a moment, please click through this link and vote on which one you like best:

http://thegeographycollective.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/please-vote-which-cover-do-you-think-we-should-use-for-missionexplore-food-our-next-book/

On June 30th we'll be having the Mission:Expore Food launch party at Hackney City Farm. Everyone who  contributed to the crowd funding of the book were given the date soon after we hit the target. You'll be getting an invite to confirm if you can make it soon too. If you're at either Hay or Latitude festivals do come and track us down to try a few food-missions.

The book will be officially published during September to coincide with UK harvest festivals. The book is available to pre-order on Amazon now.

To keep in the loop you can follow us on Twitter @GeoCollective and @MissionExplore and 'like us' (along with most things in the world) on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MissionExplore.

We'll be posting another update soon.

Many thanks,

The Geography Collective

Update #6

8th May 2012By Mission:Explore

Hello!

Mission:Explore Food is going exceedingly well. Following your support we've been working hard to make missions, ink illustrations and plan for the birth of our latest book. 

The book is packed with some stunning missions and illustrations. We promise that you will gasp at a few too.

On June 30th we'll be having the Mission:Expore Food launch party at Hackney City Farm. Everyone who  contributed to the crowd funding of the book were given the date soon after we hit the target. You'll be getting an invite to confirm if you can make it soon too. If you're at either Hay or Latitude festivals do come and track us down to try a few food-missions.

The book will be officially published during September to coincide with UK harvest festivals.

To keep in the loop you can follow us on Twitter @GeoCollective and @MissionExplore and 'like us' (along with most things in the world) on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MissionExplore.

We'll be posting another update soon.

Many thanks,

The Geography Collective 

Update #5

27th Feb 2012By Mission:Explore

Hello Mission:Explore Food Supporter,

We're writing to let you know how awesome we think you are. We're so grateful to you for investing your time and money in us and this important book. 

With nearly 7,000,000,000 people in the world you are one of the 0.000001472% of human beings that have supported Mission:Explore Food so far. It's a number that makes you very special indeed. As of now... an amazing 103 people have backed Mission:Explore Food. Between us we've crowd funded a massive 31% of what we need to ink, design and print the books. With just 3 days left we're very excited about two contributions that between them will help us to reach the 66% mark. 

Please help us to fill this gap, reach our goal and make the book by sharing our crowd funding campaign however you can. Here are a few ideas:

  • Share this link on your Facebook page http://www.pleasefund.us/projects/missionexplore-food,
  • Tweet about Mission:Explore Food and encourage others to contribute,
  • Phone someone and don't let them put the phone down until they've made a contribution,
  • Email anyone who might be interested through newsletters,
  • Blog about the book and encourage readers to be illustrated into the book.

Remember, we can do all kinds of great things in return for currency. We can illustrate someone you (dis)like into the book (how cool is that!) or even run an experience day in your (local) school. If you work for an organisation that does something lovely and cool we can talk to you about fitting what you do into the book too. 

If we hit our target we're going to make a creative commons digital version available to all schools for free. We think that's something to talk about... so please do share it however you can and help us to reach our final target.

Very many lovely thanks,

The Mission:Explore Team

Update #4

17th Feb 2012By Mission:Explore

Thank you very much to everyone who has contributed so far. It's amazing to have your support. With just 13 days to go we've got a big hill to climb... but we're positive that we'll be able to make this book happen. It would be fantastic if you could help us by sharing this page (http://www.pleasefund.us/projects/missionexplore-food) on Facebook, Twitter or any newsletters that you can access. It's all about people power!

Thanks again for your support and we'll post another update soon.

Update #3

10th Feb 2012By Mission:Explore

We are very pleased to announce that we will be doing a version of the book for North America.

Update #2

26th Jan 2012By Mission:Explore
If we hit our target we'll give Mission:Explore Food Taster to every school in the UK.

Update #1

16th Jan 2012By Mission:Explore
Please download a first draft sample of 12 missions that will feature in M:Explore Food

Gareth Shapiro

Jana

Ceara Shields

Casidhe Nebulosa

Helen Goldman

Felicity Bruce

Bob Freeth

David Sugden

Sheila Gibbon

rob forsyth

Nikki Bone

KK

Leanne Sheldon

Noel Jenkins

Jim Willows

Tim Boyce

Tony Cassidy

Sandeep Tailor

JOHN SAYERS

Rachel Garrill

James Padvis

Huw James

Amanda O'Dell

Alicia Pinkerton

IYLINE WILSON

Eva moreno-Shadbolt

Fiona Hamilton

Susannah Goodyear

Svenja Timmins

Maria Perry

Christopher Mahon

Paula Owens

James Rise

bridget fry

Michael Dixon

emily yates

Valdirene Ruston

Louise White

Follow the things

H Marshall

Philip Anderson

Anthony Freeth

Jude Cohen

Vivien Steer

Arman

Neil Murton

Legi Mountbatten

Alanah Proctor

sophie blau

Parkinson Alan

Graeme Eyre

Mark Pearce

Kim Hulse

Mission:Explore

Jamie Bosley

Natalie Hall

Tiana

Kathryn Whittington

Jo Bachman

Rebecca Garrill

Olivia Wexelstein

Simon Brice

Diego De La Mata

anna richards

Mission:Explore

Dennis Funk

Robert Rose

christina

DaveF

James B

christina

Andy Knill

Victoria

Jonas Schorr

Stevie Haywood

BucketOfSloths

Sheila Jones

Tom Hewitt

John Jones

Graham Watson

John Steer

Emily Swain

Caroline Breyley

David Bennett

Louis Eustace

Laura Stadtfeld

Fiona Hart

Hazel McMichael

Maeve Ryan

Matthew Minns

Sarah May 190

Alison Green

Jo Cockerham

Lisa Riemers

Salma Navazesh

Sanjiva Persad

BEN AND ED

Martin Wood

Bill Gilman

Piers Russell-Cobb

Tiago Salavessa Ferreira

Will Henley

Col Hamilton

Ben Raven

Menah

Neil Oakley

Daniel Pawlyn

Tom Morgan-Jones

brendon mcconnell

dawn Hallybone

Emily Garrill

lezaoflaherty

Jonny Milligan

Rebekah Phillips

E Nash

Emily Garrill

Simon Renshaw

Sarah Smith

Emma Hughes

Jess Raven

Helen Morgan

Anne Greaves

Juliet Robertson

Lynda Appuhamy

Robert Ellison

Bethan Harries

Vikki Haden-Brown

Lauren Dunstan

Rachel

Cathy Hall

foodnation

Stephen Lockyer

Gill ter Kuile

Rebecca Sandover

Gwenda Owen

Ben Werdmuller

Hannah Lewis

Lorraine Harrison

Philip Harrison

Justine Elizabeth

sarahmackey

Joe Painter

Paul and izzy

Matt Terrington

samia

Nicola Frances Steer

Emily

Mauro Vargas

Emma Dawson

Ruth Potts

nicola desmond

Tim Meek

Vanessa

Lizzie Broomfield

Clare Rishbeth

David Pickles

Rachel Goddard

Cath Prisk

darren moore

Matthew Pod

David & Hilary

Caroline Room

Niamh Carey

Jenny pickerill

Helen Jarvis

Phil Jones

Janet Townsend

kye askins

Daniel Raven-Ellison

Richard Allaway

Steve Bunce

Helen Leigh Steer

Nick Gibbs

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A signed book
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A signed book with your name in it!
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+ an eBook edition
+ a limited edition Mission:Explore Food poster
+ a copy to be donated in your name to a children's charity
+ your name listed in the book as a patron of the culinary arts

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A signed book with your face in it..
+ a surprise
+ an invite to the launch party
+ an eBook edition
+ a limited edition Mission:Explore Food poster
+ a copy to be donated in your name to a children's charity
+ your name listed in the book as a patron of the culinary arts
+ an illustration of your choice going into the book. This could be you, your pet, a place, banana, your kid or a larger goat.

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A signed book with your face in it.. and 10 extra books!
+ a surprise
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+ an eBook edition
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+ a copy to be donated in your name to a children's charity
+ your name listed in the book as a patron of the culinary arts
+ an illustration of your choice going into the book. This could be you, your pet, a place, banana, your kid or a larger goat.

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We'll visit your school and spend an inspirational two hours exploring food with your pupils. We can give one or more talks, workshops or assemblies about food to any age group. We can focus on specific agreed learning objectives for any subject area too.. If your school is outside of London we'll need you to cover our expenses. As an extra bonus you'll get a copy of the book for your library and a banana for your librarian.

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+ eBook editions for every family in your school or organisation
+ an invite to the launch party
+ 20 signed books
+ 20 limited edition posters
+ your name listed in the book as a patron of the culinary arts

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We'll visit your school and spend an inspirational day exploring food with your pupils. We can give one or more talks, workshops or assemblies about food to any age group. We can focus on specific agreed learning objectives for any subject area too.. If your school is outside of London we'll need you to cover our expenses. As an extra bonus you'll get a copy of the book for your library and a banana for your librarian.

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School or Organisation Experience Day
+ A one day visit from the Mission:Explore team to run workshops and play games. You will need to cover travel expenses.
+ eBook editions for every family in your school or organisation
+ an invite to the launch party
+ 20 signed books
+ 20 limited edition posters
+ your name listed in the book as a patron of the culinary arts

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Festival bundle - We'll illustrate your festival into the book, clearly featuring a branded stage within a mission + make the full digital version available to download to all the people who attend the festival, including all your employees + 20 signed hard copies that you can give to anyone you like + invites to the launch party + your name listed as a patron of the culinary arts.

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