Sustainable Food Curriculum Connections

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Schools play a major role in the education of tomorrow's citizens and decision-makers. Giving students an opportunity to learn about the issues that affect food and to take an active role in their own nutrition prepares them for a lifetime of considering both health and sustainability when making choices about the food they eat.


Organization Resource, Activity, or Lesson Plan * Grade Level
The Edible Schoolyard Project Edible Education curriculum - Building and sharing an edible education curriculum for K12.  Their vision: for gardens and kitchens to become interactive classrooms. Elementary, Middle, Secondary
Vermont FEED Food, Farm, and Nutrition Curriculum Units
Sample units on a variety of topics designed by Vermont teachers.
Elementary, Middle, Secondary
Sustainable Table Sustainable Table’s Teacher Resources collection – “The Meatrix” and related resources for investigating factory farming. Elementary, Middle, Secondary
Food Day Food Day School Curriculum and other resources – Classroom lessons about healthy eating developed for Food Day (October 24 each year). Elementary, Middle, Secondary
Center for Ecoliteracy  Big Ideas - Conceptual framework for learning about the interconnections between the food system, the environment, and human health in K-12 classrooms. Printed resource available for purchase. Elementary, Middle, Secondary
Green Living Project  Students Connecting to Global Sustainability – K-12 sustainability curriculum with several lessons related to the food system. Elementary, Middle, Secondary
Shelburne Farms  Project Seasons - Large collection of hands-on activities for investigating natural history and agriculture. Printed resource available for purchase. Elementary

Jamie Oliver's Food Education for Every School

Toolkits for Change -   These toolkits are designed to start a Food Revolution in your school and help ensure kids get real food on their lunch trays.

Elementary, Middle

Center for Ecoliteracy

Nourish Middle School Curriculum Guide – A set of resources to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability. Middle
EarthEcho International Water Planet Challenge Lesson Plans -  Two lesson plans available: “Connections between Food, Water Pollution, and Dead Zones” and “A Food, Inc. Intro to Modern Food Production.”  Middle, Secondary
University of Wisconsin-Madison Toward a Sustainable Agriculture – From the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, a series of modules (more under development) on various topics related to sustainable agricultural systems.  Secondary
Youth Initiative Press
The Whole Plate: A Return to Real Food – A curriculum for young adults and adults on nutrition and the food system. Print and CD resource available for purchase.  



* Elementary (K-5)
Middle School (6-8)
Secondary (9-12)

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