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




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!

2018 Using Gardens to Teach – Building Community

This year we will examine gardens not merely as knowledge-building tools for young people, but as vehicles that empower youth to celebrate diversity in their communities. Educational gardens serve as a natural context for connecting with others and promoting dignity and the joy of meaningful collaborative work. Through the critical lenses of social justice, equity, and inclusion, we will focus on the ways we can use gardens to promote the development of positive social skills, emotional regulation, and friendship. In addition, we will provide examples of how to use the history of and literature about food and farming to demonstrate how young people can create positive change in their communities.

Learn to use your educational garden to:

  • Learn to use your educational garden to:

  • Develop a learning community

  • Prevent bullying and biased behavior

  • Celebrate diversity in its many forms

  • Advocate for inclusion and social justice

  • Enhance instruction in academic subjects


August 21-23, 2019
8:30-4 on the first day and 9-4 on subsequent days


Poughkeepsie Farm Project


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


$450-$200 (sliding scale)

Lunch will be provided.


This 21-hour program is CTLE approved.

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