Posts About: Food and Farming

Forging farm-school connections

Fall is a great time for farm-to-school activities. Students throughout the Valley visit orchards and pumpkins patches. Bringing the farm to school is another way to help kids understand where food comes from. A Columbia County farmer shares suggestions and offers a workshop.

Hudson Valley Seed: Busy Year Round

A Hudson Valley Seed staff member answers the question: What do you when schools aren’t in session? She goes on to describe their work, offer resources and opportunities, and even share a kid-friendly recipe for salsa. Plus, photos of cute kids outside, no devices in hand.

Clermont: Not Your Grandmother’s Historic Site

Meet Susan, Emily, and Leslie of Clermont State Historic Site! Read on to hear how they’re connecting local students with history, food, and gardening. See them in person at this summer’s institute.

“Life Happens Around Food”

Help your students “discover real food” with Julie Cerny of the Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm during this summer’s institute! Read on for information about the Sylvia Center, farm education, and Cerny’s favorite seasonal recipe.

Plan now for spring school gardens

As we head into winter, I find myself thinking of spring teaching possibilities. Now is a great time to start planning for a school garden, and I’m looking forward to exploring.

Kids in the Garden

Around the Valley, more and more schools and youth groups are looking for ways to add gardening to their repertoire. Hudson Valley Seed, a non-profit that uses school gardens to empower students, is a great model. Our curriculum-integrated lessons focus on healthy eating, food literacy, outdoor learning, and academic success.

Eleanor’s Kitchen & the Roosevelt Home Garden

Throughout his life, FDR ate many meals prepared from food grown in the garden on his family’s estate. As the National Park Service prepares to restore the Roosevelt Home Garden, THV’s Student Conservation Associate, Natalie Cheung, shares some thoughts on the family’s approach to food.

THV is on vacation

We’re taking a break, but we’ll be back with new posts from Mary Curry, Jillian Guenther, Ashley Hopkins-Benton, and others. In the meantime. . .enjoy these photos. Explore resources from presenters at this year’s institute. And, spread the word about this year’s student contest, Writing about Place. Post or distribute this call to write.

Field experience report–Our Ecosystem, Our Health: Exploring School Gardens

Imagine a classroom whose four walls are filled with leafy greens, deep yellow marigolds, plump red cherry tomatoes, and the fresh scent of basil. A classroom where you can write, read, measure, analyze, compare, build, touch, smell, and taste….

Beautiful day for a field experience

THV visitors to Albany, Poughkeepsie, & Kinderhook experienced one of summer’s prettiest days, learning about crop rotation from Roxbury Farm founder Jean-Paul Courtens, cooking at Different Drummer’s Kitchen; learning from educators at Poughkeepsie HS, Krieger ES, and the Pok Farm Project; and sketching at Norman’s Kill. More photos.