Resources for K-12 Schools
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Farm to School Curriculum
Don’t reinvent the wheel; borrow your lessons here! Below is a list of some of the best known curriculum models for sustainability, nutrition education, and local agriculture from a variety of organizations and online sources.
*NEW* Dig In! is a Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) Team Nutrition curriculum that helps kids, teachers, and parents explore a world of possibilities in the garden and on the plate using ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables. Dig In! also includes a gardening guide, booklets for parents/caregivers, and six dynamic posters encouraging fruit and vegetable choices using themes that appeal to older elementary school children.
*NEW* The Great Garden Detective Adventure is an eleven-lesson curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades that includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers. Also developed by Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) Team Nutrition.
Agriculture in the Classroom is a program coordinated by the USDA that offers resources for students and teachers including lesson plans, funding opportunities, and more. (Grades Pre-K – 12) www.agclassroom.org
Facing the Future offers global issues and sustainability curricula some free and others for purchase. www.facingthefuture.org/Curriculum/PreviewandBuyCurriculum/tabid/550/List/1/CategoryID/16/Level/a/Default.aspx
Gallatin Valley Food Bank Hunger 101 Curriculum is a flexible curriculum that offers a broad range of lessons, stand-alone interactive sessions, and diverse small group activities that explore the issues of hunger and poverty in Gallatin County/Montana, the US, and the World. (All Ages) www.gallatinvalleyfoodbank.org/hunger-awareness/hunger-101/
Green Education Foundation has lesson plans around sustainability with a focus on science, health, social studies, language arts, math and creativity. (Grades PreK-12) www.greeneducationfoundation.org/institute/lesson-clearinghouse.html
National Farm to School Network has an extensive list of resources for teachers, parents, and food service professionals. There you will find information about funding opportunities, ways to incorporate a school garden into your curriculum, ideas for local procurement, and much more. You can visit their website at www.farmtoschool.org or for specific inquiries email the Montana Farm to School representative, Aubree Roth, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northeast Beginning Farmer’s Field Journal: A Beginner’s Guide for Young Farmers 2012. Greenhorns and Cornell University Cooperative Extension. A step-by-step guide to sustainable farming, geared toward middle school and high school students. www.thegreenhorns.net/wp-content/files_mf/1352147650GreenhornsFieldGuide2012lowres3.pdf
SARE Youth Education Curriculum Guides have a great list of sustainable agriculture curricula from across the US. (Grades K-12) www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Courses-and-Curricula/Youth-Education-Curriculum-Guides
Toward a Sustainable Agriculture, developed by the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems in Wisconsin, is a great resource for lesson plans on sustainable agriculture. (High School) www.cias.wisc.edu/curriculum/index.htm
Teaching the Food System is a project of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and provides a sequence of modules that follows the food supply chain from field to plate in the US while also touching on global implications. (High School – College level) www.jhsph.edu/teachingfood/curriculum/
USDA Team Nutrition has a variety of nutrition education resources, including helpful lessons like “Serving Up MyPlate” and “Grow It, Try It, Like It”. (Grades PreK-8) http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/library.html
Other Montana Farm to School Resources
Farm to School Month Resolution Gallatin Valley Farm to School developed this document to garner support from the school board for Farm to School Month in October. You can modify the resolution to fit your district’s needs.
Benefits of Farm to School 2013 The National Farm to School Network has compiled the results of several studies that quantify the benefits of Farm to School programs on kids’ health, school meal programs, local economies, and more.
Purchasing Local Food Guide 2012 Developed by the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI), Montana Team Nutrition, and Montana State University, this How-To guide includes a local procurement checklist, info on how to apply geographic preference in the bidding process, and other helpful tips and resources for food service professionals.
Montana Beef In Schools 2012 What is the difference between wet-aged and dry-aged beef? What state-inspected meat processor is closest to your school? Developed by the Montana Department of Agriculture, this 4-page document is a comprehensive guide to sourcing Montana raised and finished beef for your institution.
Launch and Grow your Farm to School Program! This guide suggests 3 different ways your school can get started sourcing food locally, as well as information about how to request a FoodCorps member for service at your school.