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Farm to School Curriculum Resources

NW MI Farm to School Programs

To have your farm to school program listed e-mail program information to Diane Connors, Senior Policy Specialist at diane@mlui.org

Local food, farm and garden education can teach students valuable lessons about health while also preparing them to meet grade level requirements determined by state and national education standards.

This type of education also provides students with hands-on learning that gets them excited about eating healthy, locally grown food that food service provides in the cafeteria. That extends the classroom to the cafeteria and helps the cafeteria send well-fed, attentive students to class. Teachers and food service can think of each other as colleagues.

Curriculum tailored to Northwest Michigan teacher needs:

MLUI is a service site for FoodCorps, a national service program afffiliated with AmeriCorps. Our FoodCorps service members have been developing farm to school and garden curriculum, and other educational tools, with teachers in eight school districts in four northwest Michigan counties. Visit here periodically for new tools. Here’s what we have available now:

How to Write a Recipe for Bean Dip (Grades 3-5)

Dirt Made Our Lunch - Cheesburger activity

Make a Simple Salad Dressing to Practice Metric Measurement (Grades 3-5)

Growing Native American Heritage: Three Sisters (3-5)

Rocks to Radish: Understanding the Food System (3-8)

Measuring Water Vapor Lost Through the Dehydration of Fruits and Vegetables (4-5)

The Whole Carrot Contest (4-5)

The Whole Food Experience: Observing and Discussing Foods with Descriptive Adjectives (K-8)

Plant Parts We Eat (K-5)

Salsa For Science (4-6)

► Let's Trace the Food System ... From An Ear of Corn to a bag of Doritos (3-12)  (Name Tags for use in game) (Dollar bill)

► Sprouting Plant Parts (2-5)  (Plant Parts Song Guide)

We also recommend the following resources from other food and farming organizations: 

►  Fruit and Veggies Matter, U.S. Centers for Disease Control

►  Michigan Apple Committee curriculum tied to the Michigan Department of Education benchmarks

►  Michigan Team Nutrition

►  Rethinking School Lunch

►  The Edible Schoolyard, California

►  The Food Timeline − Teacher resources

►  Vermont Food Education Every Day

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