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Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community

 Racial Equity

Among Black Americans with any mental illness, 22.4% or 1.1 million had a serious mental illness (SMI), according to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH): African Americans.

According to the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (HHSOMH), Black Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental illness (SMI) than the general population.

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USDA Database of GAP-Certified Farms/Companies

 Procurement, Local Food Purchasing, Farmer & Food Partners, Sustainable Engagement, Community Engagement

​Take a look at this list of companies that meet USDA GAP & GHP Acceptance Criteria.

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NC Sweet Potato Commission Curricula

 Education, Classroom Curriculum, Hands-on Cooking, Hands-on Gardening

The North Carolina SweetPotato Commission collaborated with North Carolina Ag in the Classroom to develop classroom-ready lesson plans featuring sweetpotatoes for grades K-12 including a section focusing on Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). The curriculum was written for elementary, middle and high school students and each lesson meets common core standards as set forth by the US Department of Education.

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NAAEE (North American Association for Environmental Education), Environmental and outdoor education: key to equitably reopening schools


Reopening schools will require new or modified procedures for everything from classroom configuration and educational plans to arrival and departure schedules, transportation, and health screenings. Schools will need to attend to more than just physical well-being and academic learning. COVID-19 disruptions are causing a dramatic increase in childhood trauma, creating additional strain on educators and families. Community-based environmental and outdoor education programs can help to address these dire needs and discrepancies through innovative partnerships and educational investments and policies. This guide, developed by NAAEE and members of its Affiliate Network, presents information and strategies for how community-based environmental and outdoor education programs can help schools to equitably reopen during and after the COVID-19 crisis.

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Farm to School: Advancing Racial Equity

 Racial Equity

Why Racial Equity in farm to school? At the intersections of our Food System and our Educational System, both steeped in a legacy of structural racism and both evidencing numerous racial disparities, farm to school work has the potential to positively impact students, families, schools, farmers, and whole communities. Sharing the Racial Equity impacts and benefits of farm to school can help build support.

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Green Schoolyards America COVID-19 Outdoor Learning


Schools across the United States are facing an uphill battle as they figure out how to navigate COVID-19 physical distancing requirements that will allow students to return to campus. There is an urgent need to reimagine PreK-12 schools in order to reopen safely and equitably. Repurposing outdoor spaces is a cost-effective way to reduce the burden on indoor classrooms while providing fresh air, hands-on learning opportunities, and the health benefits associated with increased access to nature.

This webpage shares information for the new National COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative. This Initiative was launched with an online public forum entitled: Outdoor Spaces as Essential Assets for School Districts’ COVID-19 Response, held on June 4, 2020. The event was co-hosted by: Green Schoolyards America, The Lawrence Hall of Science, San Mateo County Office of Education, and Ten Strands. We are now convening a series of working groups to further develop the COVID-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative over the summer. The working groups will create frameworks, strategies, and guidance to share with school districts across the country. Please visit this page often to receive updates on materials as new items are posted. We hope you will help us share this information widely, and that you will consider joining this effort by participating in one of the working groups.

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Farm to School: Building Capacity

 Sustainable Engagement, Healthy, Local Food Environment, Community Engagement

Why long-term capacity building in farm to school? Farm to school work goes beyond locally sourced meals or fun lessons in the garden. Sharing the benefits of farm to school can help build support and allies.

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Racial Equity in Farm to School and Farm to Early Care Education Poster

 Racial Equity

​Check out this informational poster on Racial Equity in F2S and F2ECE.

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ASAP Growing Mind’s Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Bias Resources

 Racial Equity

Children begin to develop racial awareness and bias at a very young age. In an effort to create learning environments that are more diverse, inclusive, and reflective of our culturally diverse society, farm to school programs should follow equity-minded best practices. Visit the ASAP Growing Minds Farm to School website for our Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Bias resources page, to find children’s books (including farm to school literature) that celebrate diverse voices, and access recommended external resources that can be used by both teachers and parents to teach children about race, diversity, and inclusion.

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National Young Farmers’ Coalition Racial Equity Toolkit

 Racial Equity

This toolkit is a starting point to help farmers organize around transformative learning and action. It aims to orient and incite members toward preliminary consciousness-raising and direct action. This toolkit does not detail a universally applicable pathway toward resolving pervasive racialized oppression; it is an initial resource for people who are overwhelmed by the breadth and depth of the problem, and need help determining how to start dismantling racism in their communities.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Talking About Race Resources

 Racial Equity

Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. The National Museum of African American History and Culture provides tools and guidance to empower your journey and inspire conversation.

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Getting Started: Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Guide

 Procurement, Local Food Recipes & Taste Test, Education, Hands-on Cooking, Hands-on Gardening

Georgia Organics and Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education developed a guide for early care and education champions. The purpose of this guide is to cover the most important components of Farm to ECE and give a few tips to get started including procuring local food, engaging parents and community members and the basics of gardening, cooking and tasting with young children.

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BIPOC in Agriculture and Food: A Resource Guide

 Racial Equity

View this open source database of black, indigenous people of color in the agriculture and food spaces across the country.

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Embrace Race

 Racial Equity

Building an online community to discuss and share best practices for raising and caring for kids, all kids, in the context of race.

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Teaching for Change

 Racial Equity

A fabulous selection of children’s books on racism and other topics.

 View social justice books here.


 Racial Equity

This is the website of Paul Kivel, antiracist educator, writer, and activist. The website offers a wide range of resources, including exercises, tools, articles, videos, and more.

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 Racial Equity

Designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity, the site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and help those working toward justice.​

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Indigenous justice for environmental movements

 Racial Equity

This brand new tool from The Catalyst Project supports non-Indigenous climate and environmental movements to align with Indigenous organizing and with Indigenous sovereignty.

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 Racial Equity

This is a Level 1 toolkit that offers a basic and comprehensive approach to understanding how racism, white supremacy, and racial equity work. This resource is provided by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems CORE Team.

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40+ AntiRacist Books for Educators

 Racial Equity

Check out these books for anti-racist educators!

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Dismantling Racism Works Web Workbook

 Racial Equity

​​Dismantling Racism Works (dRworks) is pleased to offer our workbook and other resources. This web-based workbook was originally designed to support the ​Dismantling Racism Works 2-day basic workshop. The workbook is now offered as a resource to the community. If you would, please continue to credit dRworks if and when you use our material. Thank you.

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Updated Racial Equity Tool Glossary

 Racial Equity

Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large. An updated set of key terms for racial equity is now available.

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Greenhouse Manual: An Introductory Guide for Educators

 Education, Classroom Curriculum, Hands-on Gardening

United States Botanic Garden, the National Association for Appropriate Technology and City Blossoms developed this freely available manual in response to an expressed need to help guide would-be greenhouse managers and educators as their schools explore ways to build new infrastructure or reinvest in existing greenhouse facilities. Its purpose is to support and expand the planting and use of school gardens and greenhouses, farm to school activities, and the integration of plant science in the curriculum. The manual lays out a basic understanding of greenhouses, how to integrate greenhouses into lessons, and how to use greenhouses in classroom curricula and after-school activities.

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SEEDS Gardening Activities for Kids

 Education, Hands-on Gardening

Gro More Good Learning Activities is a series of 72 free lessons focused on the four seasons of a garden. Each activity is fun, hands-on and perfect for getting your kids outside, exploring and learning. The activities are based on early childhood education best practices and developed in partnership with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center.

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The Green Our Planet Virtual Academy

 Education, Hands-on Cooking, Hands-on Gardening, Covid-19

Farmers, chefs and hydroponic experts from Green Our Planet film themselves doing lessons in the gardens and at their homes, which Green Our Planet is sharing with teachers, students and families via the weekly Green Our Planet Virtual Academy Newsletter.

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Big Green at Home - Virtual Education Resources

 Education, Classroom Curriculum, Hands-on Gardening, Covid-19

Big Green at Home compiles garden education resources for educators and families including standards-aligned curriculum material and weekly activity newsletters.

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Farm to School / ECE & COVID-19 Resource Hub


The National Farm to School Network has launched a new page on our website dedicated to making it easier for you to find all of the resources, information, and news you need to support your community food systems work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Fruit and Vegetable Fact Sheets

 Education, Hands-on Cooking, Hands-on Gardening

The fruit and vegetable fact sheets are designed to help educators and school nutrition professionals in encouraging children to eat and enjoy more fruits and vegetables. The fact sheets feature a full color photo of each fruit or vegetable and provide information.

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Video Lessons by FoodCorps AmeriCorps Service Members

 Procurement, Local Food Recipes & Taste Test, Education, Classroom Curriculum, Hands-on Cooking, Hands-on Gardening

Take a look at these amazing video lessons created by FoodCorps Americorps Service Members.

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Afrocentric Homeschooling in Black Families

 Racial Equity

Homeschooling is on the rise within African American communities.. Though there may be a multitude of reasons, many families site bullying and the increased amount of racism as their top catalysts for homeschooling. Some black parents also feel a lack of representation in the current curriculum and a want to teach their children traditional Afrocentric values. Homeschooling is the perfect way to do that. Whatever the reasons to homeschool, all homeschoolers find freedom in the opportunity to homeschool.

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NC Local Food Councils - Community Food Strategies

 Sustainable Engagement, Community Engagement

More than 35 food councils now exist across North Carolina covering 40 of the 100 counties. These food councils are mostly organized by county, and some are more regional.

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NC K—12 Culinary Institute (Training and Recipes)

 Procurement, Local Food Recipes & Taste Test, Sustainable Engagement, Training

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, School Nutrition Services Section, in cooperation with Chef Cyndie Story and K-12 Team, has developed The NC K-12 Culinary Institute which features face-to-face and online instruction for school nutrition personnel to enhance the following healthy dining objectives:

  • Improve student health, well-being and academic success through nutritious, appealing meals at school
  • Increase participation in high quality, enticing school nutrition programs
  • Expand capacity of local school nutrition programs to purchase, prepare and serve fresh, locally grown produce
  • Increase consumption of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain rich foods
  • Provide continuing education opportunities for school nutrition personnel
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Procuring Local Foods Resources

 Procurement, Local Food Purchasing, Local Food Recipes & Taste Test, Farmer & Food Partners

Interested in local food purchasing? No worries, we’ve got you covered!

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NFSN COVID-19 Resources for Farm to School and ECE


National Farm to School Network is compiling resources related to COVID-19 that will be relevant to the farm to school and farm to early care and education community. This page will be updated on an ongoing basis. If you have recommendations of resources to add here, please email

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Policy FAQ: Farm to School/ECE and COVID-19

 Sustainable Engagement, Policy, Covid-19

National Farm to School Network is compiling policy-related questions and answers for how COVID-19 is impacting farm to school and farm to ECE efforts. In this document, find a summary of information about how the federal government has done so far to allow farm to school and ECE programs to adapt; what resources are available to farmers who are suffering losses as a result of school and program closures; and more. Have a policy question you’d like us to look into? Email Karen Spangler, NFSN Policy Director, at

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The School Garden Cookbook

 Education, Hands-on Cooking

This digital cookbook is filled with simple and accessible recipes that have all been tested in the classroom. All of the recipes serve a sampling to 20-25 students. Students can complete the recipes themselves in the timeframe of 30 minutes to 1 hours. Peppered throughout the book are recipe-specific tips and stories that give some context and tips.

 View cookbook here.

Grade Level Specific School Garden Lesson Plans

 Education, Classroom Curriculum

​The NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute has created and adapted school garden lesson plans and unit plans that fully integrate with North Carolina state education standards. Some of our lesson plans were contributed by NC classroom teachers.

 View lesson plans here.

Create Your Own Garden Bed

 Education, Hands-on Gardening

​Plan your own garden bed with this worksheet from NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute.

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