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 adult education classes.
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. Classes run during the growing season and Feeding the Families participants sign up for those that interest them most. The classes are also open to the public. Please check out Upcoming Events for the dates, times, and topics of upcoming classes!
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 Executive Director, Claudia DeMarco at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss dates, pricing, and lessons.