DFFS Farm to School Text

Introduction

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

Indiana Grown for Schools Network

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In Indiana, statewide efforts are supported by the Indiana Grown for Schools Network, which envisions an Indiana food system that engages young people, farmers, school systems, and whole communities in farm-to-school activities in order to create a new generation of food citizens.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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