Preparing K-12 school systems and their communities to educate coming generations for a sustainable future, as well as teaching “life skills” that engage students in how food is sought out, prepared, stored, presented, leads the wellness movement’s priorities.
But it doesn’t all have to focus on children: learning about the relationship between wellness and food is a lifelong creative pursuit. Here are some of our favorite resources, whether you’re 8 or 88.
Founded by environmental advocate and author, Richard Louv, The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership. C&NN was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature. The Network provides a critical link between researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being.
Located in San Francisco, CA Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. CUESA’s educational programs include our Market to Table events, farm tours, a weekly e-letter newsletter, lectures, panel discussions, educational displays, and more.
Founded by sustainable food movement icon Alice Waters, the mission of the Edible Schoolyard Project is to build and share an edible education curriculum for kindergarten through high school. They envision gardens and kitchens as interactive classrooms for all academic subjects, and a free, nutritious, organic lunch for every student. Integrating this curriculum into schools can transform the health and values of every child in America.
Located in Northern, MA, at the Farm School, adults learn to farm, visiting school children experience a working farm, local middle-school students study in a converted chicken coop, kids from all over come for camp in the summer and everyone can buy farm-fresh products.
Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. Growing Power implements this mission by providing hands-on training, on-the-ground demonstration, outreach and technical assistance through the development of Community Food Systems that help people grow, process, market and distribute food in a sustainable manner.
The mission of Stone Barns Center is to create a healthy and sustainable food system that benefits us all. Located 25 miles north of Manhattan, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit institution. We operate an 80-acre farm and work to:Increase public awareness of healthy, seasonal and sustainable food. Train farmers in resilient, restorative farming techniques. Educate children about the sources of their food, and prepare them to steward the land that provides it.
The SAEA champions innovative educational approaches for sustainable agriculture through the development, application, and research of teaching and learning practices. The SAEA exists to serve and connect educators, teachers, students, staff, and administrators who focus on the teaching and learning of sustainable agriculture at the adult level. Our activities include hosting participatory conferences, collecting sustainable agriculture educational program listings, and developing a digital curriculum library.
An amazing and beautiful manor house and grounds on Long Island, NY turned to a vibrant educational farm, Sylvester Manor is an example of an organization that is honoring history while educating to craft a sustainable future. Their mission is to cultivate, preserve, and share their lands, buildings, and stories- inviting new thought about the importance of food, culture and place in our daily lives.