Looking for some help? This page will direct you to the many resources out there that already exist! From work in the cafeteria, the classroom, or out in the community - there is something to help you get started implementing your new farm to school ideas.
Farm to Early Care & Education (ECE)
Farm to ECE is a set of activities and strategies that include three core elements of farm to school – local food procurement, school gardens, and food and agriculture education – implemented with the goals of enhancing the quality of the educational experience in all types of ECE settings (e.g., preschools, child care centers, family child care homes, Head Start/Early Head Start, programs in K-12 school districts).
The Connecticut Department of Public Health has put together an online library of resources that have been created across the country. Click the green button below to browse through the resources, organized by procurement, gardening, and education.
Green Village Initiative - School Garden Lesson Plans:
The School Garden Lesson Plans were created in partnership with Sacred Heart University and follow Bridgeport Public Schools learning objectives for Kindergarten through 6th grade.
Common Ground - CT Schoolyards Program
The CT Schoolyards Program of Common Ground supports the creation and effective use of school gardens, schoolyard habitats, and outdoor classrooms in schools. They...
provide training for school districts and non-profit organizations statewide and
are founding members of the CT School Garden Alliance (more information on this coming soon!)
Helping cafeterias get connected with farmers, and providing lots of resources to help get kids excited about having local food at school! This program by UConn Extension provides information, hand outs, and even a farm map to find farmers that sell to local schools
Milk gets from a local dairy farm to your school in an average of 48 hours.
Local dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt are an important part of school meals and can be celebrated as part of Farm to School efforts all year long. New England Dairy provides resources to help educate students about the health benefits of dairy and to connect them to how local dairy farmers produce their favorite dairy foods.