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    Preschool and Kindergarten

    • Kindergarten Initiative's Toolkit for Healthy Eating
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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

    • Growing Minds farm to school Program
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      A program of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, the Growing Minds lesson plan webpage has materials for educators including activities listed by grade level, season, and topic, as well as teacher planning resources. There is also a great list of children’s literature relevant to garden and farm-based activities.

    • Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE)
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      Linking Food and the Environment is an inquiry-based science and nutrition program that was created as a collaborative effort between the Science Education and Nutrition Education programs at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Three teacher manuals (grades 4-6, 5-6, and 6-8) are available for purchase individually or as a series, each with a free lesson available for preview online. Manuals include lesson plans, teaching tips, and student activity sheets.

    • Oregon State University Deschutes County Extension Service Healthy Harvest Curriculum for 4th grade students
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      The Enjoying our Healthy Harvest curriculum includes standards-based lesson plans for 9 different Oregon-grown fruits and vegetables. Designed for educators, the materials include learning objectives, directions, discussion questions, list of materials and suggestions for parent handouts.

    • Oregon State University's Growing Healthy Kids: Garden Enhanced Nutrition Education
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      An 11-lesson curriculum developed and written by the Oregon State University Nutrition and Horticulture Faculty. This website includes lesson plans and materials designed for children aged 6-8 for school as well as non-school settings.

    • Eat.Think.Grow’s Seasonal Lessons for School Gardens, K-5
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      EAT THINK GROW provides support for school garden education and farm to school programs in the Pacific Northwest. Designed for educators, their curriculum is free to download, aligns with Oregon Department of Education Key Standards, and contains lessons for each of the school seasons (fall, winter, spring) for grades K-5.

    High School

    • Toward a Sustainable Agriculture, grades 9-12
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      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
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      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

    • French Fries and the Food System: Connecting Youth with Farming
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      This year-round agricultural curriculum available for $24.95 features original lessons written and developed by growers and educators from The Food Project, based in Massachusetts. Organized by season, the material teaches youth how to develop a deep understanding of the land and local food systems.

    • How to Make a Farm a Classroom for a Day - Field Trip Fact Sheet
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      This fact sheet provides information for teachers, farmers, parents, and community members interested in organizing an educational field trip to a local farm. Includes considerations such as timing your farm visit, meeting school requirements, and understanding farm etiquette. (76.8 KB PDF)

    • Agriculture in the Classroom
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      Use this link to find your state’s Agriculture in the Classroom website. Websites are generally aimed at teachers and students and include links to state agricultural information, lessons, and activities.

    • Oregon State University Deschutes County Extension Service Healthy Harvest Curriculum for 4th grade students
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      The Enjoying our Healthy Harvest curriculum includes standards-based lesson plans for 9 different Oregon-grown fruits and vegetables. Designed for educators, the materials include learning objectives, directions, discussion questions, list of materials and suggestions for parent handouts.

    • California Harvest of the Month Fruit and Vegetable Educator Newsletters
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      Produced by the Network for a Healthy California, the California Harvest of the Month program includes FREE educator newsletters, family newsletters, and menu slicks for more than 30 different fruits and vegetables. Materials are available in English and Spanish.

    • Rethinking School Lunch: A Visual Guide Linking Food, Culture, Health & the Environment
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      This visual guide for educators shows how an enriched school environment can enhance student understanding of personal well-being and the natural world. Includes chapters on connecting school lunch to the curriculum, aligning with state standards, and integrating topics across disciplines. (2.5 MB PDF)

    • Vermont FEED's Guide to Taste Testing Local Foods in Schools
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      This document discusses the importance of hosting taste tests in cafeterias and classrooms and afterschool settings in order to familiarize children with new foods and get them excited about healthy, local produce. The guide offers planning tips, case studies, and sample materials for food service providers, teachers, parents and volunteers. (1.6 MB PDF)

    • Healthy Schools Campaign - a blog for educators on nutrition in the classroom
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      This website features blog-postings from educators who are implementing nutrition initiatives in their schools and provides links to other resources and organizations

    • Oregon Harvest for Schools Program, Oregon Department of Education
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      This comprehensive website provides a guide for seasonal vegetables to promote by month in Oregon schools. Download sample menus with kid-friendly activities and fact sheets, parent newletters with recipes for families, and posters with vegetable trivia and activities for elementary, middle, and high schools.

    Kaiser Permanente

    Kaiser Permanente Northwest's Community Benefit program supports Ecotrust's Farm to School program with a Healthy Food Access grant that facilitates the purchase of more healthy, regionally produced food by school districts in the region and connects them with small, medium-sized, and minority-owned food producers in their communities.

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