Dispatch from the Youth Garden to budding educators everywhere

Dispatch from the Youth Garden to budding educators everywhere

  • posted on: April 18, 2020
  • posted by: Robin Crowder
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Emily Palena, 21 Acres Education Lead here.

Distance learning is a challenge.

The youth garden is unseasonably quiet as I pump out spring greens to donate and hope for company come summer. I have been thinking a lot about youour community members, parents, guardians, and familywho are suddenly being asked to support your children’s learning. This is a monumental task, even for trained teachers, and I imagine daunting and overwhelming. In fact, everything may feel daunting and overwhelming right now. But we are in this together! 

If you’re interested in trying out or diving deeper into farm-based learning, we’re here to support you. You’ll find a weekly farm field trip, hosted by me, on the 21 Acres Virtual Learning page, among other videos and resources to learn from homeAnd as a reminder that no one has to reinvent the wheel, I’ve compiled a list of other organizations and resources to help add a little farm-based learning to whatever you’re doing.  

— Emily


Farm-Based Education Network;
Description: Explore the resources on this gem of a website.
Target Audience: Parents/Educators

Farm to Table’s compilation of at-home activities for Preschoolers 
Description: This resource guide from City of Seattle’s Farm to Table program (partnership with Tilth, Solid Ground, and Nourishian for Life, & City of Seattle HSD) has reading, cooking, and nature-based activities 
Target Audience: Parents/Educators of Preschool age students 

Island Grown Schools Curriculum Toolkit 
Description:  A wonderful organization from the East Coast with a thriving farm-to-school program has graciously put much of their curriculum online. User friendly, search for lessons by grade level, subject, season. 
Target Audience: Parents/Educators 

Life Lab 
Description: This fantastic organization out of Santa Cruz, CA has a wealth of curriculum and resources to support student learning. 
Target Audience: Parents/Educators 

South Whidbey School Farms YouTube videos 
Description: A local farm to school program posting videos to keep students connected to the School Farm while they are at home, and tips and education for garden science, gardening at home, exploring the natural world, and cooking. 
Target Audience: All Ages 

Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center 
Description: Our neighbors over in Carnation have some excellent curriculum and educator resources on their website. 
Target Audience: Parents/Educators 

Nourish Curriculum  
Description: An expansive curriculum developed by The Center for Ecoliteracy. It goes along with a DVD but many of the activities are stand alone.  
Target Audience: Middle, High School Students & Parents/Educator 

The Edible Schoolyard Project 
Description: Check out a few lessons from this renowned organization out of Berkeley, CA. These lessons engage students in understanding how food is deeply connected to our lives. 
Target Audience: Parents/ Educators & Students 

National Geographic 
Description: Resources for teaching about food and food issues. 
Target Audience: All Ages 

Description: A wonderful resource for educational videos and lesson plans. Try searching for keywords like “farming” and “nutrition.” 
Target Audience: All Ages  

The Charlie Cart Project’s List of Learning Resources 
Description: Recipes and lesson plans for cooking with children 
Target Audience: All Ages