FARM TO SCHOOL-5

Farm to School

Farm to School is a comprehensive effort to increase access to healthy food options for Indiana students and create new market opportunities for Indiana farmers. The term “farm to school” encompasses efforts that: Source locally grown foods as part of the school meal or snack program; Offer hands-on learning activities such as school gardening, farm visits, food demonstrations and tastings; Integrate food, agriculture and nutrition education into the regular, standards-based classroom curriculum.

Did you Know?

31%OF INDIANA SCHOOL DISTRICTS
participated in farm to school activities.
According to a USDA survey

37%OF INDIANA SCHOOL DISTRICTS
plan to increase local food purchases in the future.
According to a USDA survey

74SCHOOL GARDENS
in Indiana, with the number growing every month!
According to a USDA survey

19%OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS
engage preschool children in farm to school activities.
According to a USDA survey

Curriculum

Curriculum

The Nature of Teaching

The Nature of Teaching provides free downloadable PDF lesson plans for K-12 students and focuses on these nature aspects: Wildlife, Health & Wellness, and Food Waste. Additionally, activities in this program highlight the following subject areas: English, Language Arts, Math, and Science.

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Junior Master Gardener

The Junior Master Gardener has an exciting Learn, Grow, Eat & Go!(LGEG) Curriculum for the "Level One" elementary grades. LGEG is a 10-week program, at 2 lessons/week. Junior Master Gardener offers various programs for differing grade levels and training for teachers as well.

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Ag in the Classroom

Ag in the Classroom is a lesson program that covers a wide array of topics in science, including, but not limited to biology, botany, agriculture. There are options for educators to submit resources in the matrix to share with other and also to purchase kits in the AgClassroomStore within the Teacher Center on the website.

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Captain Planet Foundation

The Project Learning Garden(PLG) Curriculum) at Captain Planet Foundation is an inquiry-based, project-based schoolyard garden program. With access to free lessons and an emphasis on K-5 studens, PLG practices shape eating behaviors for children.

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Curriculum

Recent Videos

Getting Started with your Indoor School Tower Garden

Training Video #1: An Introduction to Aeroponics

Getting Started with your Indoor School Tower Garden

Training Video #2: Utilizing Aeroponics Gardens in Your Community

Getting Started with your Indoor School Tower Garden

Training Video #3 Tips for Choosing a Location for your Aeroponic Garden

Getting Started with your Indoor School Tower Garden

Training Video #4 Involving a Team in Your Aeroponic Garden Experience

Getting Started with your Indoor School Tower Garden

Training Video #5 Youth Engagement Ideas When Utilizing Aeroponic Gardens

Getting Started with your Indoor School Tower Garden

Training Video #6 Planting a Purposeful Indoor Aeroponic Garden

Getting Started with your Indoor School Tower Garde

Training Video #7 Creating a Personal Planting Experience

Facts about Farm to School

Farm to school is shown to:

Increase fruit and vegetable consumption in students (+1 serving) and positive diet changes at home.

Increase knowledge about gardening, agriculture, healthy food, local and seasonal food in students.

Increase willingness by students to try new, healthy food in the cafeteria and at home.

Lower school meal program costs and increase meal participation 3-16% in the cafeteria.

Decrease food waste in the lunchroom.

Improve cafeteria staff morale and knowledge of local food.

Contact Us

Mailing Address

John L. Hawley

National Farm to School Network Indiana Supporting Partner

229 Main Street
Aurora, IN 47001

availible at 8am to 4:30pm

(812) 926 - 1189

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