Nationally-ranked food systems curriculum brought to Michigan
Fresh from the Farm Food Systems Curriculum training comes to Michigan, bringing experiential learning for students and free training for teachers.
Schools can learn experiential farm-to-school curriculum for grades K-8 that encourages healthy choices and environmental awareness among children.
Farm to School programs are more than just starting a garden outside the classroom door. Many teachers may not have the experience of having gardened before or the resources to figure out how to get the garden planted. There are lots of great school activities that can be done around gardening, but the nationally ranked Fresh From the Farm curricula is externally validated and aligns with the Common Core State Standards and supports the Michigan Model for Health – plus, the training is free!
The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and Michigan State University Extension are partnering with Seven Generations Ahead, of the Chicago area, to bring this training and curriculum to teachers in Michigan.
Katherine Hale, MSU Extension educator and one of the partners, has been offering gardening training and educational programs in Southeast Michigan and indicates this is a great free opportunity for teachers. “One of the requests we get is teachers asking for curriculum that works together with their school standards and classroom requirements,” explained Hale. “We think this curriculum will help out a lot of teachers who are looking for a little more guidance and will link the gardening experiences to science, math and reading requirements.”
Teachers who attend this free training will receive curriculum materials and activities to implement in their classrooms, knowledge and resources to start and maintain their gardens and they will meet a network of farm to school experts and educators to support their efforts.
There will be two sites in Michigan from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.:
- August 22, 2012 in Novi, Mich. at Tollgate Farm
- August 23, 2012 in Grand Rapids, Mich.