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Cultivating Equality: Delivering Just And Sustainable Food Systems In A Changing Climate

 Racial Equity

This report was conducted by CARE USA and Food Tank.

 Read the report here

Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism, and Racial Justice

 Racial Equity

The Opportunity Agenda shares advice on having entry-point conversations based on race using research, experience, and the input of partners from around the country.

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The (R)Evolution of Indigenous Foods

 Racial Equity

Through chef Sean Sherman's research and culinary experience of thirty years, he has uncovered and mapped out the foundations of the indigenous food systems and where its revitalization belongs in the future.

 Watch here

How to Talk to Kids About Microaggressions

 Racial Equity

EmbraceRace has created a resource to help adults learn how to address microaggressions among the youth.

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You Can Do It! Talking to Young Children About Race

 Racial Equity

This Embrace Race action guide highlights how we can get comfortable talking about race with young children.

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Addressing Structural Racism with Children

 Racial Equity

Kimberly Narain suggests four ways to approach structural racism with children based on her book The Cycle of a Dream: A Kid’s Introduction to Structural Racism in America.

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Building inclusive communities and strong Indigenous youth

 Racial Equity

EmbraceRace, alongside Indigenous Vision, has created a call to action that highlights culturally affirming approaches to youth development.

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Liberation on Land

 Racial Equity

Soul Fire Farm’s Liberation on Land Skillshare Video Series features Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and other people of color farmers and land stewards.

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Native American Heritage Month

 Racial Equity

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a list of resources for individuals and organizations to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.

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Native Farm to School Guide: Connecting Traditional Foods, Stories, Language, and Community

 Racial Equity

The Native Farm to School Guide: Connecting Traditional Foods, Stories, Language, and Community focuses on what food sovereignty can look like inside community education and school systems.

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Environmental Justice and Indian Country

 Racial Equity

First Nations Development Institute teamed with Nonprofit Quarterly to present a series of articles on environmental justice in Indian Country and ways that philanthropy might more effectively support this work.

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Dig In! Standards-Based Nutrition Education from the Ground Up

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

The curriculum uses ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables.

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Elementary Educators’ Guide to Container Gardening

 Education, Classroom Curriculum, Hands-on Gardening

This guide teaches educators the basics of container gardening with kids, including container garden design, planting tips, and curriculum connections.

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USDA Farm to Child Nutrition Planning Guide

 Procurement, Local Food Purchasing, Local Food Recipes & Taste Test, Farmer & Food Partners, Sustainable Engagement, Healthy, Local Food Environment, Training, Community Engagement, Policy, Education, Classroom Curriculum, Hands-on Cooking, Hands-on Gardening

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service’s Farm to Child Nutrition Planning Guide directs you through questions to consider when starting or growing a farm to school, farm to child care, or farm to summer program.

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USDA Farm to School Toolkit

 Procurement, Local Food Purchasing, Local Food Recipes & Taste Test, Farmer & Food Partners, Sustainable Engagement, Healthy, Local Food Environment, Training, Community Engagement, Policy, Education, Classroom Curriculum, Hands-on Cooking, Hands-on Gardening

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service’s Farm to School Planning Toolkit guides you through questions to consider and helpful resources to reference when starting or growing a farm to school program.

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Garden Toolkit

 Sustainable Engagement, Healthy, Local Food Environment, Training

NC Cooperative Extension's Garden Toolkit provides information on tools that make gardening a little easier and a lot of fun.

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The Edible Schoolyard Project Resource Library

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

Discover free lesson plans and materials created by the Edible Schoolyard Project's program and partners.

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North Carolina Ag in the Classroom

 Education, Classroom Curriculum, Hands-on Gardening

Ag in the Classroom provides lesson plans that teachers can use to connect their students to the farm and garden through science, math, literacy, and social studies.

 View lesson plans here

Strawberries in Schools

 Education, Classroom Curriculum, Hands-on Gardening

Growing strawberry gardens provide rich spaces for students and teachers to explore concepts relevant to their curricula in a hands-on experiential way.

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Watercolors from the Garden

 Education, Classroom Curriculum, Hands-on Gardening

Inspire young gardeners' creativity by making your own watercolor paints from plant parts harvested from the garden.

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Purchasing Outside the Box: Local Procurement Beyond the Apple

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

This USDA webinar shares creative ways to procure and incorporate local foods into school meals. 

 Watch here

Track It! How to Make Your Farm to School Efforts County

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

This USDA webinar discusses the importance of tracking local food purchases. 

 Watch here

Let it Grow! Sowing Knowledge in Edible Gardens

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

This USDA webinar focuses on growing edible gardens in schools. 

 Watch here

USDA Farm to School Planning Toolkit

 Procurement, Local Food Purchasing, Sustainable Engagement, Healthy, Local Food Environment, Community Engagement, Education, Classroom Curriculum, Hands-on Gardening

The Farm to School Planning Toolkit guides you though questions to consider and helpful resources to reference when starting or growing a farm to school program.

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How Racism in Early Life Can Affect Long-Term Health

 Sustainable Engagement, Healthy, Local Food Environment, Racial Equity

Excessive adversity activates biological reactions that can lead to lifelong problems in physical and mental well-being.

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A Guide to Smart Snacks in School

 Procurement, Local Food Purchasing, Local Food Recipes & Taste Test, Sustainable Engagement, Healthy, Local Food Environment

Find information on nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold to students outside of the School Meals Programs on the school campus during the day.

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Five Things Youth Can Do To Help Pollinators

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

No matter our age we can all help protect pollinators. The Pollinator Partnership created a guide to explain how youth can help pollinators.

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Pollinator Partnership Resources

 Education, Classroom Curriculum, Hands-on Gardening

The Pollinator Partnership has curriculum and educational tools that help with teaching about pollinators. 

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How Youth Gardens Can Support Social Emotional Learning

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

Gardens and outdoor spaces are ideal places for kids to participate in group activities, interact with different age groups, celebrate diversity, learn to monitor and manage their emotions, practice empathy toward themselves and others, and develop foundational strategies that will help them navigate the world as adults.

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USDA Reducing Food Waste at K-12 Schools

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

K-12 schools have a special role in not only reducing, recovering, and recycling food waste on their premises but also in educating the next generation about the importance of food conservation and recovering wholesome excess food for donation to those less fortunate.


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Six Food Sovereignty Principles

 Racial Equity

This article provides Climate Justice Alliance’s six tenets of food sovereignty.

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Racial Justice in Education

 Racial Equity

Learn more about racial justice in education. Racial justice, or racial equity, goes beyond “anti-racism.”

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Designing a Sensory Garden

 Education, Classroom Curriculum, Hands-on Gardening

With the right design, plants, and accessories, you can plant an engaging garden that will delight all your senses!

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Poe Health: 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.

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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, the Poe Center for Health Education has compiled this site to help you establish a new or enhance an existing garden.

 Learn more here

Good Food Impact Hub

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

The Good Food Impact Hub, created by the Center for Good Food Purchasing, is a suite of online tools that assist large food service 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, Ninth Edition

 Racial Equity, Covid-19

This annotated bibliography provides current research and outreach on structural racism in the U.S. food system for the food system practitioner, researcher, educator, and advocate.

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Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Growing Garden Classroom Curriculum

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

This curriculum, designed by Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, aims to show effective methods for sharing garden responsibilities across elementary school grade levels and get every grade level engaged in the garden through 30-minute 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. 

 Listen here

2019 Farm to School Census

 Procurement, Sustainable Engagement, Education

The 2019 Farm to School Census data includes 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

Through this virtual tour, hosted by the School Garden Support Organization Network, 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.

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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 FoodPrints Curriculum is free lessons for Pre-K through 5th grade 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

Racism is a public health crisis. Learn more about the mental health issues facing the Black Community.

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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 SweetPotato 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 that meet common core standards set by the U.S. Department of Education, featuring sweetpotatoes for grades K-12 including a section focusing on Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS).

 View resources here.

NAAEE Environmental and Outdoor Education: Key to Equitably Reopening Schools

 Covid-19

Community-based environmental and outdoor education programs can help to address these dire needs and discrepancies through innovative partnerships and educational investments and policies.

 View guide here.

Farm to School: Advancing Racial Equity

 Racial Equity

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.

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Green Schoolyards America COVID-19 Outdoor Learning

 Covid-19

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.

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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.

 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. 

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National Young Farmers’ Coalition Racial Equity Toolkit

 Racial Equity

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.

 View resources here.

Getting Started: Georgia Farm to Early Care and Education Guide

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

The purpose of this guide, developed by Georgia Organics, 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.

 View resources here.

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.

 View resource here.

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.

Dismantling Racism Works Web Workbook

 Racial Equity

Dismantling Racisms' web-based workbook gathers many racial equity resources in one spot! If you would, please continue to credit dRworks if and when you use our material.

 View resources here.

Updated Racial Equity Tool Glossary

 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.

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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 their 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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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 numerous healthy dining objectives.

 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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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.