Knowledge Base: Farm to School Tools, resources and thought leadership in regional food

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.

  • 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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