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Wondering who is planting radishes at schools near you? Need a few good recipes to fire up a student’s love of tomatoes? Perhaps you are hoping to find ways to hold taste-tests of local strawberries in your cafeteria? The F2S Coalition of NC’s primary mission is to connect folks to each other, to resources and ideas to keep this movement growing. Dig in!

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Garden to Kitchen

 Procurement, Local Food Recipes & Taste Test, Sustainable Engagement, Healthy, Local Food Environment, Education, Hands-on Cooking, Hands-on Gardening

​How-to tips for growing and cooking your own produce for the Poe Center for Health Education.

 Learn more here.

PoeFit videos

 Sustainable Engagement, Healthy, Local Food Environment, Education, Hands-on Cooking, Hands-on Gardening

Explore the many cooking and nutrition, gardening, and physical activity videos created by the Poe Center for Health Education!

 Watch here.

Poe & Grow Garden

 Education, Classroom Curriculum, Hands-on Gardening

Did you know that the North Carolina Science Curriculum supports gardening education for grades K - 6? Because gardens engage students by providing a dynamic environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture and learn, we have compiled this site to help you establish a new or enhance an existing garden (School & Community Garden Resources).

 Learn more here.

The School Garden Support Organization Network’s Promising Practices

 Sustainable Engagement, Education

The following Promising Practices are resources share by School Garden Support Organizations to inform and strengthen the work of running school garden programs.
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Good Food Impact Hub

 Procurement, Local Food Purchasing, Sustainable Engagement, Healthy, Local Food Environment

The nonprofit Center for Good Food Purchasing has launched its Good Food Impact Hub, a suite of online tools that assist large foodservice institutions like school districts calculate the health, environmental and economic value of adopting more sustainable procurement practices. 

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Edible Education Curricula by The Edible Schoolyard Project

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

Edible Schoolyard lessons for learning in school or at home. 

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Chef Ann Foundation Procurement Resource

 Procurement

The Chef Ann Foundation has crafted a resource that explores farm to school's involvement in procurement. 

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Provide Shade and Shelter from the Weather

 Sustainable Engagement, Healthy, Local Food Environment, Education

Physical comfort is centrally important to the success of outdoor learning programs. Each part of the country has its own climate, with differing needs for shade and shelter, but it is possible to set up comfortable outdoor classrooms in any part of the country.

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An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System, Eighth Edition

 Racial Equity, Covid-19

This annotated bibliography contains selected resources and publications focused on recent research and outreach on structural racism in the U.S. food system. The COVID-19 pandemic shed further light on existing racial disparities in the U.S. food system. Both the pandemic and the refocused attention on racism influenced the significant number of new contributions to the eighth edition of this annotated bibliography.

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This Is What Trauma-Informed Hunger Relief Looks Like

 Sustainable Engagement, Healthy, Local Food Environment, Community Engagement, Policy, Racial Equity

CUMAC’s New Jersey facility looks like a standard food bank, but their operation has a mission that goes much further than giving out food or even addressing the root causes of hunger. CUMAC hires from the community, gives employees the ability to co-create solutions, and builds a place where it’s safe to fail.

 View article here

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Growing Garden Classroom Curriculum

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

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is excited to share our Growing School Gardens curriculum with K-5 teachers! This curriculum is designed to share garden responsibilities across elementary school grade levels and get every grade level engaged in the garden! Every lesson is 30 minutes or less, with state education standards highlighted to make it a little easier to transition from an indoor classroom to an outdoor learning environment. All lessons and related resources can be found in a google folder, which will be updated with each month’s collection of lessons.

 View the curriculum here

Rooted Wisdom Podcast: Memories and Songs That Shape Home

 Racial Equity

This podcast episode bridges the wisdom of an Indigenous Land Steward and a Food Equity Educator to discuss the memories and songs that shape our homes. What changes are we seeing in how we gather around food with our families and interact with the people who provide it? How do we more deeply understand our relationship to the earth? 

 Listen here

2019 Farm to School Census

 Procurement, Sustainable Engagement, Education

The results of the United States Department of Agriculture 2019 Farm to School Census are here! The 2019 Census is a survey that was sent to all public, private, and charter school food authorities (SFAs, which are like school districts) that participated in the National School Lunch Program in school year 2018-19. These data include characteristics such as SFA size, eligibility rates for free and reduced-price lunch, and urbanicity, as well as information on local food use, procurement, school gardens, expenditures, and staffing.

 View census here

USDA Youth in Agriculture

 Sustainable Engagement, Healthy, Local Food Environment

The USDA Youth in Agriculture website provides curated tools and resources aimed at empowering the next generation of agricultural leaders. They have several tools covering topics such as, how to help teachers in the classrooms, scholarships, internships, and career opportunities. 

 View website here

Growing School Gardens: Coast to Coast Virtual School Garden Tour and Activities

 Sustainable Engagement, Healthy, Local Food Environment, Education, Classroom Curriculum, Hands-on Cooking, Hands-on Gardening, Covid-19

The School Garden Support Organization Network has invited students to go on a journey through school gardens across the country -- from the Big Island of Hawai’i to Washington, D.C. -- with Growing School Gardens! Through this virtual tour students will be meeting with other students in diverse communities to engage in hands-on learning, growing healthy food for themselves and their communities, and becoming caretakers of their local environments.

 View the guide here

Reckoning with Race Curriculum

 Racial Equity

This platform is for anyone who wants to reckon with the history of race, understand your and your institution's place in it, and image paths toward racial equity.

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About National Native American Heritage Month

 Racial Equity

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

 Learn more here

Books That Build Indigenous Power

 Racial Equity

Each of these books has connected readers in ways that are reflective of the struggles that Indigenous Peoples have encountered within their history and at present.

 Read the article here

Finding, Improving, and Sequencing High-Quality Garden Lessons

 Education, Classroom Curriculum

This guide highlights promising practices shared by various School Garden Support Organizations from across the county on how to develop a lesson sequence to support student learning, find the lessons you’re looking for, and adapt or improve up them.

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FreshFarm FoodPrints Virtual Lessons

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

The team at FRESHFARM is offering fun, high-energy instructional videos for teachers and students that have been designed to be taught throughout the school year across grades from Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade. The FoodPrints Curriculum is free lessons that have been sequenced according to seasonal topics and adaptable for a range of uses from embedded programming, to supplementing classroom education, to garden-based learning.

 View lessons here

Finding School Garden Lessons

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

​Finding relevant school garden lessons can be overwhelming! The School Garden Support Organization Network has compiled a list of resources to help teachers of all grade levels find what they need!

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Kids Gardening - Create a School Garden Planting Calendar Lesson Plan

 Education, Classroom Curriculum, Hands-on Gardening

Creating a planting calendar for your school garden is an excellent way to help your students understand how weather and climate impact the life cycle of plants. If you are planting edibles, it also provides a glimpse into the complexities of our food system.

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Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future FoodSpan Lesson Plans

 Sustainable Engagement, Healthy, Local Food Environment, Policy, Education, Classroom Curriculum

FoodSpan is a free, downloadable curriculum that provides high school students with a deep understanding of critical food system issues, empowers them to make healthy and responsible food choices, and encourages them to become advocates for food system change.

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Captain Planet Foundation’s Project Hero

 Education, Classroom Curriculum, Covid-19

Project Hero is a free online platform that offers a standard-oriented and authentic project-based learning experience for empowering and engaging students to take action for their local endangered species and ecosystems. When you register for a free account as an educator, you gain access to additional teaching resources, tips, and opportunities, including eligibility for grant funds to support your class’s projects.

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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

 Covid-19

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. 

 View guide here.

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

 Covid-19

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.

 View resource here.

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.

 View poster here.

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. 

 View the toolkit.

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.

 View here.

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 books here.

GETTING TOGETHER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

 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.

 View resources here.

RACE EQUITY TOOLS

 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.​

 View resource here.

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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CORE RACIAL EQUITY TOOLKIT

 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.

 View toolkit here.

40+ AntiRacist Books for Educators

 Racial Equity

Check out these books for anti-racist educators!

 View books here.

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.

 Learn more here

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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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

 Covid-19

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. 

 See more here

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
 View resources here.

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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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 karen@farmtoschool.org.

 View resource here.

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.

 Click here.