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.
We give students hands-on experience growing their own food and developing teamwork skills in the school garden. We partner with VINES to provide organically grown vegetable starts at the beginning of the season.
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.
The 2021 South Central New York School Garden RFP is now open! Schools in Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties can apply for $250 – $500 in funding to build or expand a school garden. Learn more and apply here.
For ideas on building a program with a school garden focus, please see the resources below.
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.
Original Resources from our Team:
Seasonal Scavenger Hunt Bingo cards (great for practicing mindfulness!):
Additional Resources and Organizations That Inspire Us