Sprouting Healthy Kids is Sustainable Food Center's farm-to-school and food systems education project. Sprouting Healthy Kids includes three main components: locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables served in school cafeterias, classroom lessons designed to introduce students to healthy food and food systems, and a hands-on afterschool gardening and cooking program.
The Sprouting Healthy Kids program features a twenty-four week afterschool activity guide that follows the growing cycle of the school garden and offers comprehensive food-systems lessons through professionally developed, kid-tested activities. All activities were designed for middle school students, but may be adapted to younger or older audiences. Activities include hands-on gardening and cooking for young people, plus visits from area farmers and chefs and opportunities for field trips to farms, farmers' markets, and food pantries.
SFC establishes partnerships with after school service providers and community organizations to lead the programs at each school. In support of the afterschool program, Sustainable Food Center offers School Garden Leadership Training, and can help connect schools partners with resources for building and maintaining gardens on school grounds through our Grow Local program.
For additional information about educational program resources, click here.