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Farm to School Program for Classrooms- Lillington, NC

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Level elem,mid,hs
Delivery type in-class
Experience Type class-presentation
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In middle and high school, Farm to School lends itself to looking at a broader view of agriculture. It often includes topics such as industrial vs. small scale food systems, public health, environmental impacts of agriculture, and food equity issues. This is a great time to prepare students to be educated food consumers and understand the impacts of their food purchasing decisions. The resources linked below were not developed by the Growing Minds program. They were compiled by a member of our team who is a former high school science teacher and represent what she considers to be the best of what is available. Curricula Garden Genetics: Teaching with Edible Plants (Book): Teach genetics, ecology, and examine ethical issues through the use of cucumbers, corn, and tomatoes. Note: this curriculum does not specifically focus on local food but could easily be adapted to include it. Farm to School Youth Leadership Curriculum 11th-12th grades:  This interdisciplinary curriculum contains six lessons intended to teach students about their local food system, food production, and food service. It is designed to give students ownership in, and help them to strengthen, their Farm to School program by connecting with educators, food service organizations, and farmers.  Students are guided in doing much of the research and networking needed to establish or expand a Farm to School program. Lessons are tied to Common Core State Standards for math and English Language Arts (science and social studies standards are also listed but they are specific to Minnesota). Johns Hopkins University Teaching the Food System Curriculum: This curriculum is set up in modules you can use to teach the food supply chain from field to plate while exploring the relationships between food, public health, equity, and the environment. Kentucky Farm 2 School Curriculum 9th-12th grades: Using USDA MyPlate as a guide, this extensive interdisciplinary curriculum investigates each of the six food groups, the sources of these foods, the relationship between local production and improved food quality and nutrition, understanding the importance of agricultural businesses in the community, and increases students consumption of local foods. It includes pre and post activities for evaluation. It can be modified for use in states other than Kentucky. Nourish Curriculum Guide: Through films and classroom activities, this curriculum can be used in a variety of subject areas to have students investigate the story of their food, the effect their food choices have, and look at food-related issues. There is also an online food literacy quiz for students to test their knowledge of food production.

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