Farm to School
Education, Networking, and Resources
We cultivate learning and invite students to engage with their local food systems by celebrating agriculture and healthy relationships with food through classroom demonstrations, taste tests, food systems curriculum, school garden work, and farm to school consultation services. All of our ground work in schools and gardens is supported or driven by our Farm to School Corps Members.
Whether you are starting a program from scratch, or have 10 years of taste tests under your belt, we would love to hear from you!
Taste Tests help us to gauge student preference and introduce new local foods, while serving as an opportunity for recipe development of future Farm to School recipes. We coordinate multiple taste tests a month, rotating between our partner districts, as well as samples in the classroom paired with an activity about our food system.
If you need a guide for hosting your own taste tests, or simply want to learn more about the process, please explore the resources below.
School gardens give students hands-on experience growing their own food and developing teamwork skills. Each spring we provide funding to new or expanding school garden programs through the South Central NY School Garden Grant program. Our 2023 cycle is currently open for applications until 4/17/23!
Throughout the season our Farm to School Corps team can offer technical garden assistance, coordinate and add support to garden volunteer days, and lead activities in the garden. Contact us to find out more!
For ideas on building a program with a school garden focus, school garden lesson plans, and other funding sources, please see our Food and Health Network School Garden Resources.
We provide indoor and outdoor activities focused on sustainable agriculture and food systems tailored to your class size and needs. In addition to our taste tests in the cafeteria, our team offers cooking demonstrations in the classroom. Please reach out to our team if you are interested in incorporating any of these activities into your class.
If you are an educator looking to increase farm to school connections in your curriculum, please consider exploring the resources below and do not hesitate to reach out for additional information or guidance.
For curriculum examples, please explore the resources below.
Whole Kids Foundation Lesson Plans
Great Garden Detective Lesson Plans
Original Resources from our Team:
Garden Bugs_ Friend or Foe (K-5th)
Garden Bugs_ Friend or Foe (6th-12th)
Seasonal Scavenger Hunt Bingo cards (great for practicing mindfulness!):
Racial Justice and Farm to School
August 12, 2020: Farm to School Coordination with Equity in Mind (Patrice Lockert Anthony, Black Label Consulting & Jess Barbini, Rural Health Network)
Recording, Powerpoint, Resources
Additional Resources and Organizations That Inspire Us
National Farm to School Network
Groundswell Center for Food and Farming
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG)
Farm to Insitution New York State (FINYS)
Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust (NEFOC)
We’d love to talk with you! Contact FaHN Farm to School Coordinator Hannah Rion at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-376-3619 if you are interested in becoming a Farm to School Corps Member, adding a Corps member to your district, or simply have more questions.