There are a lot of really wonderful resources out there that help kids of all ages learn what they need to through hands-on nutrition and agriculture education. The resources below are all available online. For curriculum books, see our Books and Resources page.
- For All Ages
- Preschool Curriculum
- Elementary School Curriculum (includes some lessons for 6th grade)
- Middle School Curriculum
- High School Curriculum
For All Ages
- UGA School Garden Curriculum: These lessons use gardens to teach a wide range of topics for grades K-8.
- The Edible Schoolyard Project: Find a lesson for your class or best practice for your program in a database that lets you search by grade level.
- Food, Farm, and Nutrition Curriculum: Developed by Vermont FEED, this guide includes units for kindergarten through 12th grade.
- Harvest of the Month: This California program to increase fruit and vegetable consumption includes tools and resources for children three years old through high school.
- California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom: Includes lessons for all grades.
- Seed to Salad: This curriculum engages young people in growing salad gardens.
- Plants and Textiles: These activities focus on technologies that convert plant materials into fibrous products.
- Discovering Our Food System: Primarily designed for ages 12-18, this exploration of the people and processes that shape our food system is adaptable to a wide ranges of ages and educational settings.
- School Garden Wizard: Some great ideas for activities for kids of all ages.
- Slow Food USA’s Good, Clean and Fair School Garden Curriculum
Early Care and Preschool Curriculum
- Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables: This free curriculum resource from USDA’s Team Nutrition is a garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to three fruits (peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe) and three vegetables (spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash).
- Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings: From the New York Department of Health, this is a downloadable nutrition and physical activity curriculum.
- The Preschool Initiative: Building a Healthy Foundation for Life: This resource covers a lot of farm to preschool concepts, including ideas for teaching nutrition and physical activity.
- Let’s Move! Childcare: Includes curriculum and other resources to support healthy changes in early care centers.
- Lesson plans from Growing Minds: These lesson plans are organized seasonally, and many feature specific fruits and veggies.
- Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package: This resource includes activity ideas and ways to highlight a new local food item every two weeks.
For more early care and education resources, visit our Farm to Early Care and Education page.
Elementary School Curriculum
- Seed to Plate: Sample farm to school lesson plans from Georgia Organics
- Project Learning Garden Lessons: These lessons for K-5th grade from Captain Planet Foundation are all tied to common core curriculum standards and encourage inquiry-based learning.
- Lesson plans from Growing Minds: These lesson plans are for preschool through 5th grade, and many feature specific seasonal fruits and veggies.
- Serving Up My Plate: A Yummy Curriculum: These lessons from USDA’s Team Nutrition are for kindergarten through 6th grade.
- Education Outside Lesson Pathway: This curriculum framework for grades K-5 is arranged by theme–Basics, Soil, Plates, Creatures, Ecology, Materials, and Food.
- A Handful of Seeds: This guide to seed saving also contains lessons for grades K-6.
- George Watts Montessori Edible Garden: Lessons for grades 1-3.
- George Watts Montessori Edible Garden: Lessons for grades 4-5.
- Life Lab’s Science Exploration Units: Units for grades 1-4.
- Nutrition to Grow On: Lessons for grades 4-6 that offers teachers a direct link between the garden and nutrition education.
- The Three Sisters: Exploring an Iroquois Garden: The curriculum uses Iroquois gardening techniques to explore the foods, customs, and stories of Native Americans.
- Feeling Fine with Fresh Foods: Lessons for grades 3-5 from Life Lab.
- Science Curriculum for Your School Garden: Science lessons for grades K-6 from the Hidden Villa Classroom.
- Eat, Think, Grow: Lessons for the School Garden: Over 70 lessons for grades K-5 categorized by season.
- The Great Garden Detective Adventure Standards-Based Gardening Nutrition Curriculum: Eleven lessons for 3rd and 4th grade that connect the school garden to the classroom, school cafeteria, and home through a series of investigations.
- Dig In! Standards-Based Nutrition Education from the Ground Up: Ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables.
- Agriculture-Based Worksheets: These word searches from Georgia Farm Bureau are a fun way to increase food and farming vocabulary.
- Food for Thought: Lessons on nutrition and healthy living for grades K-5 from the University of North Carolina.
- Earth, Life, and Physical Science Lessons: These lessons from UGA are for K-5 grade.
- Nature’s Pollinators: Pollinators, Plants, and You: These lessons from the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign are for grades 3-6.
- School Garden and Nutrition Curriculum: These lessons from Denver Urban Gardens are organized by season.
Middle School Curriculum
- Nutrition Voyage: The Quest to Be Our Best: These lessons take 7th and 8th grade classes on an exploratory journey into school wellness.
- China, Europe, and Westward Expansion in the Garden: These social studies lessons for grades 7-8 explore history through food.
- Designing the Perfect Plant: These activities are designed for students to help students investigate plant ecology.
- It’s (Not) Just a Bug: In this lesson, for middle or high schoolers, students reflect on challenges that face farmers in cultivating crops, including insects.
- Earth, Life, and Physical Science Lessons: These lessons from UGA are for 6-8 grade.
- In Defense of Food Curriculum: This curriculum, a companion to the PBS documentary In Defense of Food, uses activities and film clips to give young people new tools to think critically about food. Students prepare delicious recipes, create performance poetry and participate in peer-to-peer learning to investigate the question, “What should I eat to be healthy?”
High School Curriculum
- Fundamentals of Organic Farming and Gardening: This curriculum was created by Georgia Organics with high school students in mind.
- Kentucky Farm to School Curriculum: These lessons for 9th-12th grade are interdisciplinary, and are adaptable for various grade levels.
- FoodSpan: These modules from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future span topics from field to plate, emphasizing the relationships between food, public health, equity and the environment.
- Sustainable Agriculture Curriculum: This series of workshops from The Food Project introduces young people to the principles of sustainable agriculture and the food system.
- Sustainable Agriculture Activity Guides: This guide is designed to enhance on-farm experiential learning for high school and college students.
- Composting in Schools: This is a guide for student composting research.
- Nourish Curriculum Guide: This resource is meant to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability.