Professional Development for Educators

How to Run a Cooking Workshop for Kids
Learn strategies on how to facilitate hands-on educational cooking lessons and encourage even the pickiest eaters to gain a new appreciation for fruits and vegetables. From prep to eating, set yourself up for safe, fun, and foolproof success. Educators will receive an introduction to Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s best practices and come away with new curricular resources and seasonal recipes to implement right away!

How to Grow a Successful School Garden
Are you interested in starting or improving an educational edible garden at your local school? Learn step-by-step strategies in creating and sustaining a bountiful plot for students. Topics include identifying goals for the garden, site selection and soil health testing, creating a support network, and linking the garden to the curriculum to encourage long-term use.

Saving Seeds: Relearning and Ancient PracticeGrowing crops for their seeds is an ancient practice at the heart of food justice and sustainable gardening and farming. Learn how to grow and process seed crops to save money, develop locally adapted varieties, and maintain biodiversity.  Find out how they involve local teens in seed saving through their Seeds of the Food System project.

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.

Multicultural Children’s Literature in the Garden
Learn to use multicultural children’s literature to enhance your garden-based instruction and teach concepts in social studies, science, and nutrition. Discover great multicultural children’s literature and practice developing engaging learning activities that meet the goals of your program or school. Poughkeepsie Farm Project educators will share tips, a book list, and best practices for using literature to center your instruction.