Quick Links

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.  Click around, or reach out to someone on the CT Farm to School Collaborative for advice on where to start. 

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. 

School Gardens

As students are exposed to the trauma and stress from isolation and the uncertainty of the future, access to safe outdoor educational opportunities are paramount. Select members from the CT Farm to School Collaborative formed the "School Gardens during COVID-19 Taskforce. " Our Taskforce worked together during the Spring of 2020 collecting information found from other School and Community Garden COVID-19 Best Practices documents. Throughout this process we found few best practices documents on how to safely use school gardens during COVID-19 in Connecticut especially. Therefore, this taskforce created two living documents that will be updated as new and accurate information is released from credible sources.  We've used the CDC, CTDoAg, CSDE, and DPH, and more for accurate COVID-19 regulations. Please share this "Connecticut School Garden Best Practices during COVID-19" materials. We hope it will be useful to you in staying safe in your school garden this year. 

Screen Shot 2020-09-19 at 1.47.09 PM.png

GVI’s 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.

CT Schoolyards Program at Common Ground

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!)

Cafeteria

Put Local on Your Tray

Find out more about the program run out of the CT State Department of Education and UConn Extension, Put Local on Your Tray.

Annually, school districts sign up to commit to sourcing, serving, and celebrating local.
In 2019, 81 school districts in CT signed on!

Access all of their resources at putlocalonyourtray.uconn.edu. 

New England Dairy

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.

CT State Department of Education 

Find downloadable information on an array of topics, including... 
  • Geographic Preference
  • CT Grown for CT Kids Week 
  • Farm to Preschool 
  • USDA Resources
  • School Garden Resources 
and more!

Northeast Farmers of Color Network

 The Northeast Farmers of Color Network (NEFOC) is an informal alliance of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian farmers making lives on land in New England and Upstate New York. 
Created out of Soul Fire Farm, they have created a strategic plan for food sovereignty through specific action steps.  Included in the action plan below is a listing of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) farms in the country.
Northeast-Farmers-of-Color-Logo-final-RE

© 2019