Grab a coffee and dig into some reading about how to implement food education in your school or organization.

Racial Equity Resources

Beyond the Golden Rule, A Parent’s Guide from Teaching Tolerance

Talking about race with young children from Raising Race Conscious Children

Free classroom resources from Teaching Tolerance

Educators tackle tough conversations about race and violence, Chalkbeat

There’s No Food Justice without Racial Justice from the National Farm to School Network

Not Being Racist with Leah Penniman at Soul Fire Farm

Racial and food equity resources from Food Solutions New England

Curriculum and Program Resources

Edible Schoolyard NYC Literature Review which presents evidence from currently scientific studies and our evaluation data on the impact of hands-on food education”

Grow to Learn NYC has a ton of online resources: downloadable toolkits, teaching materials, curricula, fundraising guides, and more.

Edible Schoolyard Project in Berkeley, California has an online database of shared lesson plans, curricula, recipes, resources for managing volunteers, and more.

The Kitchen Community offers a list of educational and garden resources, including children’s literature, documentaries, gardening how-to books, and curricula.

Life Lab is a California-based nonprofit that offers curricula and school garden resources.

Young Chefs is a hands-on cooking education program that offers online lesson plans and teaching resources.

Baylor University has created a document for providing multicultural education.

Resources for School Gardeners

GreenThumb provides material and technical support to school and community gardens across New York City. Through workshop attendance, registered GreenThumb and Grow to Learn gardens are eligible to request free soil, compost, mulch, lumber and other supplies.

The National Gardening Association offers in-depth how-to guides, classroom projects, and lesson plans for garden classes.

Useful links:
Cornell University’s NYC planting calendar

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Use a Cold Frame to Grow Vegetables in the Winter

School garden guide: Center for Ecoliteracy, Getting Started with School Gardens

Email group: NYC Youth and School Gardens

Essential bibliography:

Bartholomew, Mel, All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space! Franklin, Tennessee: Cool Springs Press, 1981, revised/expanded 2nd edition, 2006.

Cohen, Whitney and John Fisher, The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press, 2012.

Coleman, Eliot, Four Season Harvest. White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green, 1992, revised/expanded 2nd edition, 1999.

Kiefer, Joseph and Martin Kemple, Digging Deeper: Integrating Youth Gardens Into Schools & Communities. Montpelier, Vermont: Common Roots Press, 1998.

Lovejoy, Sharon, Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children. New York: Workman Publishing, 1999.

Obama, Michelle, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. New York, New York: Crown Publishers, 2012.

Ocone, Lynn with Eve Pranis, The National Gardening Association Guide to Kids’ Gardening. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1990.