This expedition focused on evaluating what plants need and looking through the lens of soils to evaluate our American food system. We conducted collaborative research with our expert, Mike Strickland, at the University of Idaho to evaluate our school soil and the impact of amendments on the soil and microbial activity. We read Michael Pollen’s Omnivore’s dilemma to learn about and evaluate different ways food is produced in the US used food production systems as the lens through which to address middle school biology standards such as photosynthesis and nutrient cycling. Our final product was a presentation made to the University of Idaho for their brown bag lunch seminar series. Students summarized our research and made recommendations for future work to improve the soil health at PPCS.