We're your friendly neighborhood garden experts.

 Poughkeepsie Farm Project supports educators to develop and use gardens as centers of learning, and fosters community member capabilities to grow, prepare, and preserve their own food.


Nutrition in the Classroom

School-based programs can play an important role in promoting lifelong healthy eating. The more positive exposure children have to nutritious foods, the more likely they are to incorporate these foods into their day.  Join Jamie Levato and Ellie Limpert in learning practical strategies for effective health promotion in and out of the classroom. In this workshop, we share:

  • Age appropriate nutrition goals for students
  • Activities and tips for making nutrition education hands-on, edible, engaging, and effective
  • Affordable, healthy snack recipes
  • Materials for use in the classroom 
  • Examples of crop plans for an edible harvest
  • Ways to engage parents in the process
  • Nutrition and cooking lessons that align with learning standards
  • Nutrition information in an understandable format


Thursday, December 1st
4:00-7:00 pm


Poughkeepsie Farm Project, 51 Vassar Farm Lane


Jamie Levato
Phone: 845-516-1100 x 4
Email: jamie@farmproject.org


$40 ($20 for PCSD educators)


This program is eligible for three (3) professional development credit hours. 

Summer Institute: Using Gardens to Teach

The summer institute is designed to help educators integrate gardens into their teaching. We cover topics in literacy, social studies, science, math, and nutrition, as well as build knowledge about sustainable agriculture, food systems, social justice, and ecological gardening practices. Join us for three days of hands-on learning!

At this year's institute, we are providing three days of professional development on garden-based instruction for educators of youth in the primary grades (pre-kindergarten through grade 3),as well as skill-building in hands-on gardening and garden-building.


August 23 - 25, 2016


Poughkeepsie Farm Project


Jamie Levato
Phone: 845-516-1100 x 4
Email: jamie@farmproject.org


$200 (City of Poughkeepsie educators receive a discount of $100.)


This program is eligible for professional development credits, check back for development hours credit information.


Educational Gardens

School gardens serve as outdoor classrooms that can help develop resilient youth and enhance student learning in many academic subjects, especially science, math, and nutrition. PFP partners with new and existing school gardens by providing training and technical assistance with the goal for the gardens to become fully integrated into the curriculum and academic landscape. We provide:

  • Seeds and Seedlings
  • Garden Planning Advice
  • Grant Application Review