Curricular Resources

For educators interested in developing more lessons or curriculum units around food, farming, and nutrition, we recommend reviewing the links below to some excellent examples of Farm to School curriculum from our partners in education. 

Shelburne Farms' Sustainable Schools Project Curricular Examples

  • Food Foundations Unit - a kindergarten lesson sequence to develop the scientific and culinary curiosity of young learners
  • Cycles in the Garden - a K-4 hands-on unit of study which builds scientific habits of mind and celebrates the cycles found in a garden community
  • Food Miles Lesson - a 5-8th grade lesson in which students consider the sources of our food, and the distance the food travels to reach our plates
  • Sustainable Economics: The Triple Bottom Line - a unit looking at the decisions consumers and producers make through the triples lens of the environment, the economy, and from an equity perspective

 

SOURCES FOR MUTLIPLE FARM TO SCHOOL LESSONS & CURRICULA: 

Life Lab Curriculum & Online Lessons - Life Lab's Curriculum resources includes, among many others, The Growing Classroom, a wonderful resource book for educators with science, math, language arts, and nutrition activities that you can do with your students in the garden

The Center for Ecoliteracy Food & Sustainability Resources - a number of guides and model activities for schools, including:

Growing Minds Farm to School - a host of materials on supporting Farm to School and Farm to Preschool/Early Care from ASAP, the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. Materials include:

The Edible Schoolyard Project Resources Database - a searchable database of PreK-12 lessons and activities on food, farming, nutrition and more 

Georgia Organics Farm to School - Links to nation-wide FTS curricula organized by grade: Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and High School

Learning Lab - a searchable database K-12 lessons in sustainability from US Green Building Council 

Vermont Harvest of the Month - connecting the classroom and the cafeteria through Farm to School lessons and recipes from Green Mountain Farm to School 

 

FOOD SYSTEMS EDUCATION: 

Nourish Food Systems Curriculum - an educational initiative that combines PBS television, curriculum resources, web content, short films, and professional learning

FoodSpan - a free high school curriculum to empower students to make healthy & responsible food choices through deep exploration of the food system from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future

Discovering Our Food System - an experiential learning curriculum from Cornell University Cooperative Extension

French Fries and The Food System (a curriculum of The Food Project) - a 9-12, year-round curriculum designed to teach youth how to develop a deep understanding of and appreciation for the land and local food systems

Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE) - a series of Farm to School curriculum books created as a collaboration of the Science Education and Nutrition Education programs at Teachers College, Columbia University

Food Day - a upper elementary and middle school curriculum designed to teach children the importance of eating real, fresh food, cutting back on processed foods, and advocating for a healthier community

Dig, Plant, Grow! - a guide to planning your gardening curriculum from the Rodale Institute and Organic Gardening magazine