Additional Education Materials

Good Food Checklist for Eaters

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FRESH Shopping Guide

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Food Policy Information

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The Non-GMO Shopping Guide From Center For Food Safety

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Lesson Plans

Click to see Lesson Plans dealing with Sustainable Agriculture


Good Food Checklist for Eaters

Good Food Checklist for Eaters

FRESH Shopping Guide:
So you’ve seen FRESH . . . Now what???

Here are some tips from the FRESH “headquarters”:

Every action, big or small, has an impact–this is not an all or nothing situation. Take things one step at a time; decide what is most important to you and start there.

Even with our one-step-at-a-time philosophy, though, there’s a lot to think about and a lot of information coming at us from a lot of different places. We’ve put together some issues for consideration, shopping tips, and links for further resources to help you get started.


Microsoft Word - FRESH_-_Short.doc NFFC Food Policy Info: A great overview from the National Family Farm Coalition on National & International Food Policy.

NFFC: Industrial Agriculture vs. Food Sovereignty: Facts and Solutions Needed to Fix the Food System!: A more in-depth analysis of the federal and international policies responsible for the current state of our food system and what changes are needed to create a sustainable system. You can also visit Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) for updates on Food Safety amendments.


The Non-GMO Shopping Guide: A guide on how to avoid foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), developed by The Campaign for Healthier Eating in America and the Center for Food Safety.

Lesson Plans

We’ve gathered some incredible lesson plans together from impressive and important organizations dedicated to the sustainable food movement and education. They all work wonderfully in conjunction with FRESH! If you have a lesson plan suggestion you would like for us to know about, check out the Lesson Plan Submission Form at the bottom of the page.

Professional Development for Teachers

  • Food for Thought and Action: A Food Sovereignty Curriculum
    The Food for Thought curriculum is divided into four modules: one each for consumers, faith and anti-hunger groups, environmentalists and farmers. This collection of education-for-action exercises and fact sheets has been developed by Grassroots International and the National Family Farm Coalition to help build the food sovereignty movement in the United States.
  • The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
    The Cloud Institute offers several programs and institutes for schools and the community.

Adult Continuing Education

  • Food, Farming & Community
    The Food, Farming & Community curriculum is designed for adults who are interested in but not particularly knowledgeable about food systems and sustainable agriculture.
  • The Food Project
    The Food Project has a Farmers’ Market Manual and an Urban Agriculture Manual that are available for free download that could be useful for general audiences that are interested in understanding how to start farmers markets and urban farms.
  • The Northwest Earth Institute
    The Northwest Earth Institute’s adult education course, Menu For the Future is a comprehensive six-session course exploring the connection between food and sustainability touching on a variety of issues that society faces today. Discussion courses are available for purchase on their website.

Lesson Plans & Teacher Classroom Resources

  • Agriculture in the Classroom
    This resource directory offered by the United States Department of Agriculture has lesson plans dealing with agriculture and other sustainable topics for all grade levels.
  • Center for Ecoliteracy
    The Center for Ecoliteracy offers philosophical grounding, strategies and instructional tools to aid in the planning of a sustainable curriculum.
  • Community Food Security Coalition The Community Food Security Coalition offers a curriculum aimed for students to gather a deeper understanding of food security. The curriculum uses a skit/role playing style to teach about different players in the food system.
  • GrowNYC
    GrowNYC has a list of lesson plans and curriculum related to agriculture, food, farmer’s markets, gardening, and other sustainable activities.
  • Spoons Across America
    Spoons Across America, is a not-for-profit organization that develops and supports food- and nutrition-based educational programs for children.
  • Sustainable Table
    The Sustainable Table offers a large amount of lesson plans submitted by teachers dealing with sustainability issues.
  • Stone Barns Center For Food & Agriculture
    Stone Barns has after school programs, scout programs and farm visits that include an experiential activity to engage students in learning about the importance of ecological, community-based farming. Programs are linked to the New York State Learning Standards.
  • The Edible Schoolyard
    The Edible Schoolyard has garden and kitchen based classroom lessons and recipes to plan activities with students at home or at school. Edible Schoolyard also offers several publications available, as a guide for other organizations, summarized by the Chez Panisse Foundation from the last ten years at The Edible Schoolyard.
  • The Lunch Box
    The Lunch Box offers tools and resources help fill the gap with peer-reviewed curricula for gardening, cooking, growing, agriculture and other food-based fields of learning.
  • Life Lab
    Life Lab offers curricula and programs focused on garden based learning that promotes a sustainable future.
  • Sustainable Schools Project
    The Sustainable Schools Project is designed to help schools use sustainability as an integrating context
    for curriculum, community partnerships, and campus practices.

New York State Based Initiatives

  • New York Agriculture In The Classroom
    Here you will find NY-based initiatives, events, and lessons for school age children that work toward filling the void in education about our food system.
  • Center For Food and The Environment
    The Linking Food and the Environment Program (LIFE) of Columbia University Teachers College is a two-year inquiry-based education and nutrition program for fourth- through sixth-grade urban children, teachers and parents.