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    Preschool and Kindergarten

    • Kindergarten Initiative's Toolkit for Healthy Eating

      The Kindergarten Initiative, a program of The Food Trust in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, promotes healthy communities by teaching young children and their parents about food, farms and nutrition. The Toolkit describes how the program was implemented, includes a variety of activities, and demonstrates options for implementing a similar program in your area. (2.1 MB PDF)

    • Growing Minds farm to school Program Lesson Plans

      A program of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, the Growing Minds lesson plan webpage has FREE materials for educators including activities listed by grade level, season, and topic, as well as teacher planning resources.

    • Early Sprouts: Gardening and Nutrition for Young Children

      This program features a 24-week gardening and nutrition curriculum that addresses young children's inherent fear of new foods through multiple exposures to target fruits and vegetables.Available for purchase ($24.95) on the website or through Amazon, provides directions for designing and caring for gardens, recipes children can help prepare, and ways to involve the whole family in making healthy food choices.

    • Food from the Farm Kindergarten Lesson Guide

      Food From the Farm is a kindergarten farm to school program that encourages eating local fruits and vegetables, and helps kids understand where their food comes from. This holistic program includes classroom education, experiential learning through farm trips, multiple exposures to local fruits and vegetables through classroom tastings and parent engagement. (0 B EDU/P/N760)

    • From the Farm to You Children’s Reading Book

      Do you ever think about where your food comes from? How did it get to your grocery store, school or farmers market? Travel with Tomás the Tomato on this journey from the farm to your table. (0 B EDU/P/N761)

    • From the Farm to You Coloring Book

      From the Farm to You Coloring Book is intended for preschool through early elementary school age children. Created for the kindergarten farm to school program Food From the Farm, this coloring book can be used to supplement farm to school and school garden programs, or can form the basis of a classroom farm to table unit. (0 B EDU/P/N764)

    • From the Farm to You DVD

      From the Farm to You DVD is intended for preschool through early elementary school age children. Created for the kindergarten farm to school program Food From the Farm, this 2012 Telly Award winning video can be used to supplement farm to school and school garden programs, or can form the basis of a classroom farm to table unit. (0 B EDU/P/N762)

    Elementary and Middle School

    High School

    • Toward a Sustainable Agriculture, grades 9-12

      This FREE sustainable agriculture curriculum was developed for high school students by the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems from the University of Wisconsin. All modules include projected outcomes, background lessons, activities, homework assignments, and evaluation materials. A CD of this curriculum can be ordered via the website for $5.

    • Food for Thought, grades 9-12

      The Food for Thought FREE curriculum for high school students incorporates reading comprehension and hands-on activities for science, social studies, and language arts, linked to Oregon's educational benchmarks. Most of the activities can be completed during one class period.

    K-12