Good Food in Schools
Poughkeepsie Farm Project embarked on its Farm to School work in 2013 as part of a collaborative project funded by the USDA. Our partnership with Poughkeepsie City School District has successfully introduced more fresh local produce into school meals and has started shifting the culture of food among students, faculty, staff, and families.
We provide educational activities that support healthy food choices by transforming students’ understanding of the tremendous benefits of locally grown nutritious produce as a key component of a healthy diet. In classrooms, we teach lessons on nutrition and food systems, and we facilitate cooking workshops. Our educators visit cafeterias and expose students to fresh local foods. We visit schools September - June. Typically activities last from 45 minute to 2 hours. Our visits are free for Poughkeepsie City School District. Registration covered through grant funding. Outside of PCSD, please inquire about fees. Scholarships may be available. Email learning(at)farmproject.org to learn more.
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. Learn practical strategies for effective health promotion in and out of the classroom.
On the Farm
Positive, firsthand and interactive experiences help youth connect to their bodies, healthy food, the natural environment, and learning. As a part of Farm to School, students learn about sustainability, plant biology, nutrition and life cycles through farm tours, garden projects, lessons, games and cooking workshops. Farm visits happen April - October from 9:30AM-11:30AM and are free for PCSD. Outside of PCSD the cost of participation is $10 per person (min $100 per visit). Scholarships may be available. Schedule a farm visit today!
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!
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 grant application review, garden planning advice, and seeds and seedlings.
NYS Comptroller Highlights POK Farm to School in New Report
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released his report “Locally Grown: Farm-to-School Programs in New York State” on Friday, October 21 at Clinton School in Poughkeepsie, NY. The report details hurdles school districts face when creating and sustaining such programs, outlines federal and state initiatives that are intended to encourage farm-to-school programs, and highlights six successful programs in NYS including the partnership between Poughkeepsie City School District (PCSD) and Poughkeepsie Farm Project (PFP).