2014 Institute

Farms & Food
Teaching the Hudson Valley from the Ground Up

July 29-31
Henry A. Wallace Education & Visitors Center
Franklin D. Roosevelt Home & Library
Hyde Park, NY

Everything you need
Online registration is closed.
Institute schedule. (PDF)
Workshop Descriptions. (PDF)
Field Experience Options. (PDF)
Questions: e-mail us or phone 845-229-9116, ext. 2035.

Sample sessions

Hands on and how-to

Growing Curriculum: Creating School Gardens. How to start, maintain, and use a school garden with Carol Maxwell, Lake Avenue ES, Saratoga; Cathy Law, New Paltz HS; and Karla Purcell, John F. Kennedy Magnet School, Port Chester.

Composting Basics: Turning Garbage to Black Gold with Terry Laibach, recycling coordinator, NYS DEC-Region 3, New Paltz, and Braeden Cohen, compost/sustainability specialist and educator, Greenburgh Nature Center. Be prepared to get dirty.

Eco-Choices: A Classroom Simulation Exploring Consequencs of Agricultural Decisions Cornelia Harris, educator, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and Sandra Fischer, environmental science teacher, Chatham HS.

From Poughkeepsie Plenty's newspaper for teaching about ways to end hunger.

Reading & Writing Green in Schoolyards and Historic Sites. Gwen Kopeinig and Diane Moller, Lewisboro ES will share concrete ideas for using whatever outdoor space you have. When Learning Comes Naturally, part of a PBS series, features their work.

Teaching Food Equality in Your Community, Susan Grove, Poughkeepsie Plenty; Cornelia Harris, Cary Institute; and Jamie Levato, Poughkeepsie Farm Project will share a vision, case study, and resources (see right).

Three Sisters on the Farm and Table: Corn, Beans, and Squash. Experienced teachers share ideas for connecting with the children of farm workers. Linda Brotman, Chambers ES, Kingston, and Jacqueline Denu and Kim Ellis, Hudson Valley Writing Project.

What do animals need to stay alive? FOOD! Learn about river food chains and webs–teaching connections for K-4 with a science emphasis. Rebecca Houser, award-winning environmental educator, Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS DEC. Sample HRE lesson: Dining Out with Fishes and Birds of the Hudson.


Pam Koch, adjunct associate professor of nutrition education, and executive, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University. Her focus is curriculum development and evaluation plus ecological issues related to food. Read more.

Michael Hoffmann, director of Cornell University’s Agricultural Experiment Station and associate dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. A fellow at Cornell’s Center for a Sustainable Future, he is passionate about the need for everyone to understand the implications of climate change. Read more.

Discussions and panels

THV-ers visited Stone Barns during the 2010 institute. Photo: Kerri Karvetski.

THV-ers visited Stone Barns during the 2010 institute. Photo: Kerri Karvetski.

Farming in the Valley Today. Learn how agriculture works now–these aren’t your grandparents’ farms–with Beth Chittenden, Dutch Hollow Farm, and Ben or Lindsey Shute, Hearty Roots Farm, Clermont, and National Young Farmers Coalition. Additional panelists TBA.

Breaking Old Ground: A History of Hudson Valley Agriculture. Join Kelli Huggins, education coordinator, Chemung County Historical Society, for a lively social study content discussion. Kelli wrote an undergraduate honors thesis on farming in the northeast.

Preserving Farmland, Encouraging Farming. Why it’s important to keep farming and how to do it with Jerry Cosgrove, New World Foundation, Local Economies Project; Steve Rosenberg, author of Scenic Hudson‘s regional foodshed conservation plan; and David Haight, American Farmland Trust.