Farm to School Resources

Below you will find many resources to help you on your farm to school journey.  Please CONTACT US if you have additional resources you would like to share.

Classroom

Farm to school topics and themes can be incorporated in any lesson for any grade. We are developing examples of FTS lessons from the Upper Valley to share – PLEASE SEND US YOURS, with appropriate credits.

  • HARVEST LESSONS
  • LEARN BAKE SHARE PROGRAM
    In King Arthur’s FREE Program, kids learn to make bread from scratch. They discover that math, science, reading, and baking know-how add up to delicious bread! Students are then given the ingredients to bake two loves of bread, one to keep and one to donate to a charity of the school’s choice.

Cafeteria

Garden

School gardens are used both for teaching and production. There are a wide variety of designs and approaches to school gardens, students can be involved each step of the way.

Composting

Composting at schools is good for the environment, can save a school money, fits right in with school gardens, and provides learning opportunities!

Community

Farm to school programs create wonderful opportunities for connecting local communities and school communities. Harvest dinners, farm days, field trips, and special events bring people together, building relationships and strengthening communities.Farm field trips provide an excellent opportunity for hands-on learning. Different types of farm field trips can fit into the curriculum at any grade level and in any subject. Farm field trips can also help farmers, either by providing an additional source of income, or by providing hands to do needed work. With planning, farm field trips have great potential to benefit teachers, students and farmers. Here are some resources to help you plan a successful farm field trip at your school:

Fundraising

A little funding can go a long way towards educating students about healthy food and getting fresh products into the cafeteria.

Harvest of the Month

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harvest of the monthThis is month is Parsnips, here is some info for you and recipes, etc.

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Staff

Becka Warren

Valley Food & Farm Communications Coordinator

Food & Farm

 802.291.9100 x 112

Food & Farm

— Becka Warren, Valley Food & Farm Communications Coordinator

Becka began her farm-related career at the age of 16 on Idyll Acres Dairy in Grafton, Vt., with the vital job of keeping the barn corners clear where the tractor couldn't reach. Now, at Valley Food & Farm since 2012, she fosters relationships that keep agriculture a daily part of community life in the Upper Valley. She works with current and future farmers, businesses, schools, and partners across Vermont and New Hampshire to build connections that support farm viability and keep our landscapes working. Becka believes that real connections to our farmers make us happy and builds projects that can take advantage of that simple premise, whether that means introducing workplaces to farm-fresh delivery, facilitating peer-to-peer learning among farm staff, or helping schools use farms as learning resources. She lived in Seattle for many years, where she worked for the Washington State University Small Farms Program, Cascade Harvest Coalition, Seattle Tilth, and area vegetable farms. Becka is also a writer, founding and writing Ask Umbra at gristmagazine.com until 2009. She holds a BA from Brown University and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her family.



Beth Roy

Valley Food & Farm Manager

Food & Farm

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Food & Farm

— Beth Roy, Valley Food & Farm Manager

Before joining Vital Communities, Beth Roy worked in the environmental and place-based education fields for 15 years in various positions around New England including at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and as the Director of Education at the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vt. Beth is also on the boards of the Vermont Science Teacher Association (VSTA) and the Vermont State-Wide Environmental Education Programs (SWEEP), a coalition of dozens of individuals and organizations promoting sustainability and environmental education in Vermont. Beth is a New Hampshire native and lives in Hartland, Vt., with her husband and two children. When Beth is not working you will find her exploring the woods around her home with her family or cooking up a new taste test (made of local foods, of course!) for her children.



Nancy LaRowe

Valley Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

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Local First, Food & Farm

— Nancy LaRowe, Valley Food & Farm and Local First Coordinator

Nancy joined Vital Communities as the Valley Food & Farm Coordinator in 2014. She works to support and grow our local food system and economy. Nancy has lived, worked, and farmed in the Upper Valley for more than 25 years and believes our community is healthier and stronger when our connections to food and the farms that produce it stay vital.

Nancy's informal job title is Farmer-in-Residence: she also runs Hogwash Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm in Norwich, Vt., that focuses on heritage breed animals. Nancy is on the Board of the Norwich Farmers' Market, and a retired Norwich volunteer firefighter and EMT. She loves puttering in the garden, hiking with her dog, and, of course, bacon.