Cultivating Farm to School Professional Learning Course Fall 2018

The VT FEED Level I Professional Learning Course: Cultivating Farm to School is an opportunity for school educators, staff, administrators, and community members to explore and expand their personal and professional knowledge and experience related to Farm to School education while building and strengthening school community connections. Participants will be encouraged to build and develop shared learning experiences for their students while building and developing the vital relationships necessary to make Farm to School education a real and lasting part of their community, classroom and cafeteria.

Title: Vermont FEED Level I Professional Learning Course: Cultivating Farm to School

Credit: One undergraduate or graduate credit/Castleton University (optional)

6 Class Sessions – Mondays from 4-7 pm (18 hours of course time)

October 22, November 19, December 3,December 17, January 7,  January 14

Location: Claremont Middle School, 107 South St, Claremont, NH

Tuition:       $0 course fee (costs covered by our funders, below)

$125 tuition credit fee additional and optional


Class Outline:

Interactive class sessions will include a balance of hands-on cooking, individual work time, networking, guest presentations, dialogue, small group activities and practical experiences that will serve to deepen participant understanding of the various elements and promising practices of farm-to-school programs.

Participants attending this course will:

  • Build connections between classroom, cafeteria, and community while exploring healthy food choices, new foods, and local seasonal produce.
  • Understand how farm to school can be an integrative context for learning and foster healthy school communities.
  • Develop strategies for utilizing parents and local food based businesses in working with youth to expand their palates.
  • Identify curriculum connections for your specific subject area.
    (Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards)
  • Create an action plan for how you might integrate farm to school into your existing curriculum/school community.

During each of the six 3-hour classes we will:

  • Spend time preparing and eating healthy seasonal snacks and meals.
  • Hear from guest speakers about farm to school topics related to the community, classroom, and cafeteria.
  • Explore creative ways to integrate seasonal, local foods into your lives, curriculum, and school community.
  • Collaborate on curriculum planning & farm to school program development.

Download full syllabus here.

Thank you to our funders for Upper Valley Farm to School for enabling us to offer this course free of charge to no-credit attendees.

The Couch Family Foundation.;  Novo Nordisk;  and Wellborn Ecology Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – Upper Valley Region

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