Schools & Teachers
Helping Teachers Build Connections to Food and the Community through Specialized Programming
The Vegetable Connection’s Food School program reaches students and their families through three educational initiatives:
1) The Science of Gardening: A School Garden Curriculum K-5
2) In-School Presentations
The Science of Gardening: A School Garden Curriculum K-5
Numerous elementary and middle schools in the Poudre School District have wonderful working gardens on school grounds. These gardens are typically administered by a mix of parent volunteers, a team of teachers, and a garden club of some sort. Unfortunately, the efficacy of such garden programming depends on the uninterrupted service of dedicated volunteers. But what happens when volunteers move on, or lead teachers simply can’t find the time to create an entirely separate garden curriculum on their own? Teachers are miracle workers but they can’t (and shouldn’t!) have to do it all. The Food School aims to change all of this with our K-5 school garden curriculum, The Science of Gardening. We believe every child should participate in garden programming. 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 in both the Spring and Fall. Contact Executive Director Michelle Hindman at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss dates, pricing, and lessons
This year we are partnering with Sproutn’ Up to offer the curriculum at Riffenburgh School in a summer enrichment camp. For more information visit the Sproutn’Up website.