Resource | Nutrition Education
Grow It, Try It, Like It! Nutrition Education Kit Featuring MyPlate

Grow It, Try It, Like It! Nutrition Education Kit Featuring MyPlate is a garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to: three fruits - peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and three vegetables - spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash.

Resource | Nutrition Education
The Great Garden Detective Adventure: A Standards-Based Gardening Nutrition Curriculum for Grades 3 and 4

Discover what fruits and vegetables are sweetest, crunchiest, and juiciest through a series of investigations and fun experiences connecting the school garden to the classroom, school cafeteria, and home. This eleven-lesson curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers.

Resource | Nutrition Education
Dig In! Standards-Based Nutrition Education from the Ground Up

Explore a world of possibilities in the garden and on your plate using ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Seeding Success Webinar 1

In this introductory webinar, Office of Community Food Systems staff summarize grantee reporting requirements and review the processes for submitting No Cost Extensions and budget amendments. This webinar also features a message from Julie Brewer, Director of the Office of Community Food Systems.

 

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Farm to School Education and Curriculum Integration

For this farm to school planning webinar, we were joined again by Danielle Pipher of Vermont FEED/Shelburne Farms for a presentation about the creative farm to school curricula that she has seen and helped all sorts of stakeholders (not just teachers!) develop to engage students inside and outside of the classroom.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Planning Toolkit - School Gardening

Hear about the different ways to incorporate school gardens into your farm to school program as well as hear how schools are successfully procuring school garden produce for their meal programs.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0073
Farm to School and School Garden Expenses

Recently, we have received several questions about the use of funds from the nonprofit school food service account to cover expenditures related to farm to school activities and school gardens. The questions and answers below address specific scenarios that school food authorities may be dealing with when considering the allowability of such costs.

SP06-2015
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2009-0048
School Garden Q&As

Recently, we have received several questions regarding the operation of a school garden. Attached are questions and answers to address this issue. As in the past, please share this information with your school food authorities.

SP32-2009
Resource | Fact Sheets
Gardens in Tribal Communities

Tribal communities are growing gardens of all forms from medicinal gardens and small community gardens to larger food production gardens to school gardens. This fact sheet, Gardens in Tribal Communities, will primarily focus on tribal school gardens.

Resource | Fact Sheets
School Gardens: Using Gardens to Grow Healthy Habits in Cafeterias, Classrooms, and Communities

This fact sheet, School Gardens: Using Gardens to Grow Healthy Habits in Cafeterias, Classrooms, and Communities, reviews school farms spanning acres in Minnesota, indoor tower gardens in Vermont, raised beds in New York City, aquaponic systems in the Virgin Islands, and native food gardens in tribal communities. Across the nation, schools are growing gardens to provide food for child nutrition programs, connect children to the source of their food and create hands-on interdisciplinary classrooms.