The District 6 Farm to School Program does more than feed students healthy and locally-sourced meals; it also aims to educate students about their relationship to their food and producers, in order to broaden their understanding of agriculture, the Colorado economy, and healthy eating habits. Our wonderful producers care just as much about educating students about local produce as we do, so collaborate with us on a number of educational opportunities to connect District 6 students to their food.
Centennial Elementary School Sensory Garden - Sensory gardens have a wide range of educational and recreational applications. The Centennial Elementary School Sensory Garden stands alone as a solace for District 6 students with altered sensory systems. The garden provides an enhanced infrastructure to permit wheelchair access and meet other accessibility concerns; the design and layout provides a stimulating journey through the senses, heightening awareness, and bringing positive learning experiences. As a "one of a kind" garden in the district, this garden also offers a wheelchair accessible workstation, vertical growing wall, triangle sunshade, and painted multilingual signage. This garden is located at 1400 37th St, Evans, CO 80620. The Centennial Sensory Garden was installed by AmeriCorps VISTA, Rachel Garcia, and her United Way of Weld County VISTA colleagues in March of 2020. It was generously funded by the Colorado Garden Foundation.
Culinary Classroom - Culinary Classroom lessons, brought to you by the D6 Student Wellness team, are great ways to introduce nutrition education and healthy eating habits to students. Each class includes a short nutrition education lessons accompanied by a hands-on culinary demonstration and taste testing. Culinary Classrooms lessons are taught by a Nutrition Services team member.
Farm Field Trips - Farm field trips allow students to see first-hand where their food originates and learn directly from local farmers and producers. We partner with several farms within 30 minutes of most D6 schools. The biggest obstacle for farm field trips is funding, but we have funding opportunities to make this experience possible.
Colorado Literacy Project - Farmers and ranchers visit classrooms and read a book about Colorado agriculture! This is a FREE program. The Colorado Literacy Project, courtesy of the Colorado Foundation for Agriculture, is a way to bring agriculture into the classroom while reinforcing reading comprehension. During the spring, farmers and ranchers across Colorado will visit classrooms and read a book to the students. They answer questions and talk about their farm or ranch. The class keeps the book!
Poudre Learning Center - The PLC strives to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire environmental stewardship and citizenship through education of students, families and local residents along the Colorado Northern Front Range. The Curriculum Coordinator works with each class to create a unique field experience. All activities will be an extension of what the students are learning in the classroom. The PLC also offers bus scholarships and professional development opportunities.
Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association - NCBA offers to the community the time and service of their beekeeping members to help further educate those in our community about beekeeping and what you can do with in your own communities to improve their environment. From creating pollinator friendly back yards to taking a bee class and keeping your own bees.
Classroom in the garden
Colorado Foundation for Agriculture Curriculum Matrix - Courtesy of the Colorado Foundation of Agriculture, the Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix is an online, searchable, and standards-based database for K-12 teachers. The Matrix contextualizes national education standards in science, social studies, and nutritional education with relevant instructional resources linked to Common Core Standards.
American Farm Bureau, Foundation for Agriculture - This organization provides resources and learning materials for educators and students to promote agriculural literacy.
Denver Urban Gardeners - DUG gardeners grow more than food in the Metro Denver Area. They provide resources, trainings, and support needed to establish enduring gardens and farms that become valuable assets to schools and communities.
Kids Gardening Organization - For over three decades, Kids Gardening Organization has been creating and publishing resources to help teachers, volunteer and parents plan successful youth gardens and implement effective youth garden programs. They also provide grant writing help.
Edible Schoolyard Project - Teaching staff at the Edible Schoolyard Project designs lessons and curriculum in close collaboration with science and humanities teachers. This helps make intentional academic connections that allow a student’s full learning experience at school to become more relevant and engaging. The Edible Schoolyard Project also provides professional development and training opportunities for educators, gardeners, chefs, and advocates to grow edible education in their schools, cafeterias, and communities.
Junior Master Gardeners - The JMG curriculum engages children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that promote a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind. JMG encourages youths to be of service to others through service learning and leadership development projects and rewards them with certification.
Life Lab - Life Lab cultivates children's love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.
Advancing Ideas For 4 School Health - Evidence-based resources for improved school health and academics.
The Hub - The Hub is a platform that connects health and education stakeholders across Colorado with a broad array of resources—peers, organizations, programs, professional development, toolkits, templates, research, and more.
ECOLIFE Conservation - Teach your students sustainable farming practices through aquaponics education and immersive learning practices.
Discovery Education - Ignite student interest and open doorways to learning with exciting real world curriculum resources, packaged with instructional strategies and personalized for your needs as an educator. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum resources for K–12 classrooms worldwide.
Denver Botanic Gardens - Denver Botanic Gardens offers a broad range of programs for all ages. Choose from hands-on workshops. certificate courses, public lectures, professional development seminars, or learning for personal enrichment.
Dairy MAX (formerly Western Dairy Association) - Dairy MAX's robust in-school programs provide ideas, resources, and even funds to help school educators engage children in learning to eat healthy and exercise daily.
Big Green - Big Green Organization offers abundant opportunity for experiential, hands-on learning, giving student the opportunity to dig depper into their education.
Children's Books - Choose from a variety of children's books to strengthen your garden lessons.
- Food Tank - A list of 25 children's books to nourish curiousity. Books can be a great way to tell the stories of food, farmers, and food and agriculture workers across the globe.
- Food Tank - A list of 12 children's books to grow future food leaders. These children's books aim to educate and inspire future eaters, food producers, and innovators.
- The Best Kids' Book About Food, Cooking, and Gardening - Children's books about food and food preparation.
- Picture Books About Gardens - Children's picture books about gardens, gardeners, and gardening.
- Garden Activity Books - This list of books have been found helpful by D.U.G. staff and volunteers for ideas on lessons and activities related to gardening and nutrition.
- Gardening and Nutrition Chidlren's Books - This is a list of garden and nutrition related children's books.
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Kids Garden News - KidsGardening.org offers a monthly e-newsletters offer the resources you need to help kids play, learn, and grow through gardening. Sign up to get a collection of ten KidsGardening activities, selected by education specialists.
Studies Weekly Newsletter - Sign up for the Studies Weekly e-newsletter to receive new lesson plans, videos, supplemental activities, and other resources!
Colorado Agriculture in the Classroom, Colorado Foundation for Agriculture - This monthly e-newsletter include updates on programs and resources, select lesson plans and activities from the Curriculum Matrix, and other information to connect educators and students to their food, fiber, fuel, and natural resources.
The Hub Highlights - Brought to you by The Hub, a Colorado Education Initiative, the Hub Highlights keeps you up to date with the latest news and notifications.
D6 Student Wellness - Become a part of the Greeley-Evans Wellness Team with fellow D6 staff members and community stakeholders.