We work with K-12 schools and Supervisory Unions across Southwestern Vermont to connect classrooms, cafeterias and communities around the power of food education.
Farm to School offers students of all ages and interests a window into developing good eating habits, exploring career pathways in agriculture, environmental science and STEM fields. Farm to School engages learners in fun, project-based, experiential ways.
Great nutrition in school food programs improves learning, behavior, and health outcomes for students. Farm to School encourages classroom engagement through taste tests, farmer visits and in-class cooking.
Northshire Grows has worked in all 30 schools in Bennington County by training over 50 teachers, administrators and food service professionals through our partnership with NOFA-VT and Shelburne Farms. Together, we have offered professional development services in the form of courses, technical assistance sessions and workshops to area schools since 2015.
Schools we have worked with in the Northshire include Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union, Flood Brook, Currier Memorial, Mettowee Community, Dorset, Manchester Elementary and Middle, Sunderland Elementary, Arlington Middle/High School. Burr and Burton Academy, Maple Street School, Mountain School of Winhall and Northshire Day School, among others.
In the Southshire they include: Southwestern Vermont Supervisory Union, Bennington Elementary, Molly Stark Elementary, Pownal Elementary, Mount Anthony Union Middle School, Mount Anthony Union High School, Village School North Bennington, Southern Vermont College and Bennington College, among others.
One of the awesome Vermont grown resources that we use is the Vermont Harvest of the Month program. These calendars, posters and infographics highlight a different local product each month. HOM includes recipes, lesson plans and all sorts of resources for schools to use to promote Farm to School.