These lessons are specifically designed for students in grades 6-8.

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Middle School

Who owns Organic?

The Cornucopia Institute released a very informative chart depicting the increasing consolidation of Organic by Agribusiness companies. You can download the chart to share with your class, family, garden club – it’s thought provoking for all ages.

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In Defense of Food Curriculum

Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and many other popular books about how to navigate our current food system, has a new documentary film out based on his recent book: In Defense of Food. In conjunction with the release Teachers College – Columbia University has created a middle-school curriculum for educators that goes along […]

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Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s STEM curriculum

Teachers can download the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s free new STEM Gowanus Curriculum! The Curriculum Package:  Includes pre, post and field lessons, background text, maps and handouts  Integrates Science, ELA and Social Studies Is aligned with Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards Is adaptable for grades 5-8 Uses the design process for project-based learning The six […]

USDA’s “Dig In” Curriculum

The USDA’s Food & Nutrition Services Team has developed a middle school garden-to-classroom curriculum.  “Dig In” explores a world of possibilities in the garden and on your plate using ten inquiry-based lessons that engage 5th and 6th graders in growing, harvesting, tasting, and learning about fruits and vegetables.  You can access the 10-lesson series through the […]

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New York Agriculture in the Classroom

New York Agriculture in the Classroom has developed an online, searchable, and standards-based curriculum matrix for K-12 teachers. The Matrix contextualizes national education standards in science, social studies, and nutrition education with relevant instructional resources linked to Common Core Standards that can enhance your school or classroom garden.  Search their curriculum database and other resources […]

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“Nourish” free downloadable curriculum

Nourish is an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities. To inform and inspire the largest number of people, Nourish combines PBS television, curriculum resources, web content, short films, and teacher and youth seminars. With a distinctly positive vision, Nourish celebrates both food and community. […]

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Food Day Curriculum

Food Day is a popular new holiday that schools, government, organization are embracing as a way to celebrate the growing interest and awareness around the Food we produce and consume in our country.  In celebration of Food Day the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Teachers College has developed a free downloadable […]

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Edible Schoolyard Lesson Resources

The Edible Schoolyard program is a nonprofit organization that aims to empower students with the knowledge and values to make food choices that are healthy for them, their communities, and the environment through their curriculum. They have an extensive lesson resource on their website for pre-K through High School.  The lessons are fully integrated into academic […]

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Life Lab: Garden Education Lesson Resources

Life Lab, is a Santa Cruz based nonprofit organization, that aims to cultivate children’s love of learning, healthy food, and nature through garden-based education.  Through workshops and consultations, they provide tens of thousands of educators across the country with the inspiration and information necessary to engage young people in gardens and on farms. They have […]

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NYBG Teacher’s Resources

The New York Boatanic Garden (NYBG) is a beloved gardening and greening institution in NYC. But what if your classroom can’t get to the Bronx to experience the gardens in person? Never fear- NYBG has a teacher resource page that provides curriculum, gardening calendars, some great garden case studies, and a wonderful bibliography of garden […]

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