The Food School
Our health and well-being face enormous challenges; an epidemic of childhood diabetes, disconnection from the sources of our food, staggering obesity rates, and a lack of essential life skills in the kitchen and garden. The Food School, in partnership with participating Poudre School District schools and local farmers, addresses these challenges through a combination of our “The Science of Gardening: A School Garden Curriculum,”scheduled In-School Presentations, and community seminars.
We also provide educational, hands-on workshops for The Vegetable Connection’s Feeding the Families program participants. Here, participants learn valuable techniques to use their vegetable share, how to preserve food and bulk shop; all while building community, learning, and having fun. Workshops run during the growing season and Feeding the Families participants sign up for those that interest them most. The workshops are also open to the public. Please check out Upcoming Events for the dates, times, and topics of upcoming workshops!
The Science of Gardening: A School Garden Curriculum for K-5
Many Poudre School District elementary schools are home to school gardens. These gardens are administered by a mix of dedicated parent volunteers, supportive teachers, and/or a garden club. Unfortunately, the efficacy of garden programming depends on these dedicated volunteers. As children move on to middle school and beyond, volunteer involvement can wane. Lead teachers retire, get married, change schools, or simply can’t find the time to create an entirely separate garden curriculum on their own. Teachers are miracle workers but they shouldn’t have to do it all! The Food School changes all of this with our K-5 school garden curriculum, “The Science of Gardening.” Our curriculum emphasizes the connections between food and ourselves; encourages students to evaluate the differences between real and processed foods; and helps grow community in and around the garden space. “The Science of Gardening” is aligned to Colorado state standards and is taught Spring and Fall. To see PSD students in action, please visit our Galleries page. Contact Educational Director, Jennifer Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 231-7203 to discuss dates, pricing, and lessons.
Food School In-School Presentations
Let The Food School bring the farm to you! Our in-school visits are custom-designed for K-12 classes and aligned with Colorado Academic Standards. In-school presentations include any combination of hands-on activities, lecture, video, class discussion, art, games, or selected readings.
An example: The Food Paradox (designed for 8th- 12th graders), urges students to explore the “upside-down nature” of our food system through a hands-on cooperative activity. Small groups of students arrange a variety of food items from cheapest to most expensive. The results challenge students’ ideas about food justice; spark lively class discussion; and demonstrate how marginalized populations can get “stuck” eating on the unhealthy end of the food spectrum.
Other presentations include:
-Sweeten Your Sugar Smarts, An Up-close Look at Hidden Sugars in Everyday Foods, any grade level
-Food Insecurity on the Front Range, 5th-10th grade
-Nourish: Learning the Story of Our Food, 5th- 8th grade
-Food Justice: Nutritious food for all?, 5th- 12 grade
We also work with teachers to create novel presentations geared towards student interests, current classroom content, and age levels. All presentations can be adapted to “fit” any age group. We’re always open to new ideas!
If you would like The Food School to visit your classroom, please contact Education Director, Jennifer Todd at email@example.com or call (970) 231-7203 to arrange a date, get a quote, and discuss your programming goals.