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, and school garden work. 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, don’t hesitate to reach out! 

Taste Tests

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.

Explore:

South Carolina FTI Taste Test Guide

School Gardens

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. 

A map of school gardens in our area will be coming soon! 

For resources building a program around the school garden, please see the resources below. 

Explore:

Slow Food USA School Garden Guide

EAThink School Garden Guide

Curriculum

We provide classroom activities focused on sustainable agriculture and food systems tailored to your class size and needs. 

For curriculum examples, please explore the resources below. 

Explore:

Whole Kids Foundation Lesson Plans

Great Garden Detective Lesson Plans

We’d love to talk with you! Contact FaHN Farm to School Coordinator Jessica Barbini at jbarbini@rhnscny.org or 607-692-7669 if you are interested in becoming a Farm to School Corps Member, adding a Corps member to your district, or simply have more questions. 

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