Greenmarket Youth Education

Spring_2012_010Greenmarket Youth Education connects thousands of New York City schoolchildren in grades K-12 with Greenmarkets and our farmers. Fun, interactive learning experiences like School Tours at Market and Meet Your Farmer classroom visits help children gain an understanding of how food choices impact their bodies, their environment, and their communities.

Over the past several years, Greenmarket Youth Education has focused its programming beyond the market and into the classroom. Unique in its holistic approach and definitely well beyond scratching the surface, Seed to Plate is an interdisciplinary, standards-aligned 5th grade curriculum addressing the need to teach school children about our food system. Designed in collaboration with the Center for Food and the Environment at Teachers College Columbia University, Seed to Plate introduces students to healthful, mindful eating and why it is important for the health of the environment and community that surrounds them. The curriculum builds on Greenmarket Youth Education’s other offerings of Greenmarket School Tours and Meet Your Farmer classroom visits. The lessons provided through Seed to Plate cover topics of: agriculture, nutrition, farmers’ markets, and cooking, and includes field trips to a Greenmarket and a working farm, guest visits to the classroom by Greenmarket farmers and chef instructors from the Sylvia Center, film viewings, sensory tastings, and hands-on preparation of delicious, diverse, and healthy local dishes.

Designed to be a comprehensive, flexible, and replicable curriculum used in social science, science, health, or English classes, or in self-contained upper elementary school classrooms, Seed to Plate helps tell the story of local food in a way that will motivate greater behavioral change.

In the spring and fall of 2012, Seed to Plate was implemented in four New York City public schools. Greenmarket Youth Education collaborates with its sister program, Grow to Learn, the citywide school gardens initiative, to identify schools to participate, ensuring that students are exposed to maintaining a garden and
growing food as well as nutrition, cooking, and the other concepts introduced through Seed to Plate.

Your program is fun and good for the environment. If you teach Seed to Plate to every school, more and more kids could eat more fruits and vegetables in school and in their house.
—Derick, 5th grader at PS 62 in the Bronx

2012 Highlights

• Greenmarket School Tours served more than 6,000 students, 60% of which qualified as “in-need” and received Greenmarket Bucks to purchase fresh produce from the market after their tour.
• Tours took place at 17 Greenmarket locations in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. (Columbia, Brooklyn BH, 97th, Un Sq, 57th, Bartel-Pritchard, Mt. Sinai, Astoria, Williamsburg, Tucker, Bowling Green, NYBG, 175th, Fort Washington, Bronx BH, Parkchester, Dag Hammarskjold)
• Our six-week Seed to Plate curriculum was implemented in spring and fall of 2012 in four schools located in Brownsville, Cypress Hills, Harlem, and Hunts Point, impacting 600 fifth and sixth graders.

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