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Make the connection between what students eat in the cafeteria, what they learn in the classroom and what’s growing in the school garden and on the farm. These curricula will help make those connections at all ages and in many different subjects.

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Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package (Pre-K/childcare) — Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy — Provides a roadmap for implementing farm to school practices at your childcare center. Includes practical, experience-tested strategies to try out new approaches, such as menu innovations, classroom activities, and family engagement ideas.

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Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (K–12) — Minnesota Department of Agriculture — This website features educational programs for embedding agriculture, food, and natural resources education into the K–12 classroom. 

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USDA Team Nutrition Garden Resources (Pre-K–Grade 6) — This webpage features evidenced-based curricula that educators can use to integrate garden-based nutrition education lessons into core educational subjects, such as math, English language arts, and science. See especially:

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Farm to School Youth Leadership Curriculum (Grades 9–12) — Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy — This curriculum is designed to empower youth, teach them about their local food system, and engage them in meaningful, hands-on learning activities that also strengthen their school’s farm to school practices and link them directly with farmers in their community.

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FoodSpan (Grades 9–12) — Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future — This free, downloadable high school curriculum highlights critical issues in the food system and empowers students to be food citizens. It is aligned to national education standards in science, social studies, health, and family and consumer sciences.

Related resources

National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum MatrixMinnesota Agriculture in the Classroom — Search for lesson plans and companion resources by keyword, grade level, national standard, geography, or type.

National Farm to School Network Resource Database — Search for curricula by keyword, state, publication date, or setting.

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