Farm to School: Highlighting Local Fruits and Vegetables

Although this guide was created for schools participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), it is good for anyone needing ideas for creating learning opportunities in the classroom around fresh food. It was funded by a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant through VT Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets. FFVP provides all students in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. This is not only an opportunity to incorporate nutrition education in the classroom while providing a free healthy snack, it is also an opportunity to support your neighborhood farmer by buying local. 2017 Updates include NEW Standards-Based Curriculum Activities!

Download, read, and print the sections or activities you need, as you need them!

2017 Standards-Based Curriculum: activities to incorporate fruit and vegetable snacks into quick standards-based activities

A helpful key for choosing activities for your classroom:

Download the entire 2017 Standards-Based Curriculum or print the individual units for use in your classroom:

The following activities and reSources are from the original publication

1. Introduction

2. Newsbites: Monthly ideas to explore seasonal fruit and vegetable snacks in the classroom:

3. Fruit and Vegetable Facts: an in-depth look at produce for teachers and students:

5. [Full Chapter] Activities & Connections: A collection of activities to taste and explore your fresh fruit and vegetable snacks

6. Recipes: raw recipes for the classroom and cafeteria:

7. [Full Chapter] Resources: suggested student reading, tips for cooking and gardening with kids, taste testing, and local purchasing advice