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  • 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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