education

Educational activities in farm to school are as varied as our schools themselves!  From taste tests, to farm field trips, to in class learning, there are endless possibilities to incorporate food and agricultural education into your school. Farm to school activites have been shown to increase grades and test scores in K-12, as well as improve child development and social emotional learning from preschool to grade 12! (Source: National Farm to School Network). 


Hands-on and experiential learning are hallmarks of farm to school education. But even if you don’t have the resources to start big, incorporating just one activity or assignment that relates to food in your classroom can make a big difference!

Check out some of the resources below from local sources providing worksheets and short activities, to national organizations providing full curricula and project based learning. Choose what works for you and incorporate wherever you can. 

Resources

Recommended books, games, activities and coloring pages

Lessons, articles, and principles to further ecological teaching and learning

Farm to school handouts, curriculums, activities and games

“Big Ideas” guide for ways to integrate food learning into classroom learning, covering all grade levels and standards alignment

Indigenous Harvest of the Month Resources for teachers

Local Food Ambassador program and toolkit for a step-by-step guide to cafeteria taste tests of local food

FoodCorps lesson plans for K-5

Elementory lesson plans integrating common core standards for math and ELA with science and social studies address nutrition, food sourcing, and sustainability