Farm to School Institute: Sustaining Farm to School Workshop


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Sustaining Farm to School Workshop with Molly Nicholie of ASAP.

Growing Minds' Farm to School Institute, November 10th 2012, UNC Asheville's Sherrill Center

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Farm to School Institute: Sustaining Farm to School Workshop

  1. 1. SUSTAINING FARM TOSCHOOLMolly Nicholie, Program CoordinatorAppalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
  2. 2. Program Sustainability
  3. 3.  Local food in schools  Farm field trips  School gardens  Local food
  4. 4. Local food in school A face, a connection, and a story
  5. 5. Farm Field TripsAuthentic experiences
  6. 6. Cooking with Local Food Hands-on positive experiences
  7. 7. School GardensInspiring inquiry
  8. 8. WHY IS FARM TO SCHOOL IMPORTANT?“What people do not understand, they do not value; what they do not value, they will not protect, and what they do not protect, they will lose.” - Charles Jordan
  9. 9. Creating Buy In and Connection Why People Get Involved in Farm to School
  10. 10. How you frame Farm to School is VERY IMPORTANT. Farm to School integration that supports the state mandated curriculum is the message that resonates most with schools! Not that we are going to make ourchildren healthier or that we are trying to grow the next generation of farmers.Teachers need to hear how it will benefit their students EDUCATIONALLY.
  11. 11. How Students learnThird, fourth, andfifth grade studentswho participated inschool gardeningactivities scoredsignificantly higheron scienceachievement testscompared tostudents that did notexperience anygarden-basedlearning activities. Evidence that supports your work
  12. 12. Top 5 Reasons Why Outdoor Classrooms Succeed Community support Student involvement Funding Teacher training Administrative support Source: GWF survey, 2004
  13. 13. #1 Community Support
  14. 14. Who can help?
  15. 15. Potential Resources Cooperative Extension / Master Gardeners Local church groups Health Departments Boys and Girls Club YMCA/YWCA University personnel/students Parents Area experts (beekeepers, farmers, garden clubs, etc.) Non-profit groups
  16. 16. Why Farm to School? Promotes hands-on, interdisciplinary learning Builds sense of community Motivates children to learn Obesity prevention Great way to integrate parent participation Promotes local farms Provide children with access to fresh, nutritious foods. Creates connection with our rural communities. Children are more willing to try new foods
  17. 17. Why Bother with partners? Changing mindsets, attitudes, and behaviors is slow and challenging work that requires a number of strategies and approaches. People and organizations need to hear from a trusted source before they will try something new Accomplish tasks that you don’t have the expertise for Gain different perspectives Expand the reach – each partner has their own constituencies
  18. 18. Partners come in all shapes and sizes – local, state, regional, national.
  19. 19. #2 Student Involvement
  20. 20. #3 Funding
  21. 21. How much does it cost?For a class tasting of 20 students:Cherry tomato: $4Cucumber: $3Cabbage: $3-4Sweet potato: $2Apple (Two months): $4-6Lettuce : $3Strawberry: $3-4Total: $20-25
  22. 22. Fundraising  Create a simple brochure and standard solicitation letter on school letterhead that can be used by anyone to easily explain your project and ask for donations.  Check with local construction companies to see if they have extra building materials they can donate.  Buy seeds in bulk, repackage them and sell them at a farmers market or flea market  Run a regularly updated wish list for your program in your school newsletter, website or community paper.
  23. 23. Promote Your Program
  24. 24. Tell Your Story
  25. 25. #4 Teacher Training
  26. 26. But does it relate to the test?
  27. 27. It’s Not Just About Science : The Common Core English Language Arts: Integrated model of Literacy  Reading  Writing  Speaking and Listening  Language
  28. 28. Connecting Mathematical Practice and ContentPractice = Goals for how students engage  Making sense of problems  Abstract and quantitative reasoning  Constructing viable arguments and critiques  Modeling with math  Strategically using tools  Focusing on precision  Identifying/using structure and repeated reasoning.
  29. 29. Connecting Mathematical Practice and Content Content = Balanced combination of procedure and understanding.  Expectations with that begin with the word “understand” are often good opportunities to connect practices and content.  When Students who don’t understand a topic they tend to rely on procedures and have difficultly applying concepts. This prevents them from engaging in process.Students need real life context, exposure, practice, and curiosity.
  30. 30. #5 Administrative Support
  31. 31. Connecting the Cafeteria to the Classroom and Community
  32. 32. Providing positive experiences withlocally grown food – for adults too!
  33. 33. Making Connections
  34. 34. Wellness Policy
  35. 35. Purchasing Policy
  36. 36. Creating an Action Plan
  37. 37. Where do you go from here?
  38. 38. Best Practices Parent engagement and empowerment are critical Teacher training Experientially based nutrition education Work within existing systems
  39. 39. Best Practices  Start small – “low hanging fruit”  School-wide buy-in  Personal experiences and positive connections for staff  Explore common goals
  40. 40. Making Connections
  41. 41. Lots of great resourcesavailable
  42. 42. National Farm to School Network ASAP is the SE Regional Lead AgencyAREAS OF WORK•Policy•Networking•Media and Marketing•Training and TechnicalAssistance•Information Services FIND YOUR REGIONAL LEAD AGENCYWHO WE ARE•Eight Regional LeadAgencies•Four National Staff
  43. 43. Top 5 Reasons Why Outdoor Classrooms Succeed Community support Student involvement Funding Teacher training Administrative support Source: GWF survey, 2004
  44. 44. Farm to School Partners
  45. 45. Connect To Curriculum Use = Sustainability
  46. 46. Keep It Simple
  47. 47. Questions?