Envision a place where children, students and adults actively participate in the production, distribution and sale of food in their community. In other words, a City that Feeds Itself.
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Farm-to-school /färm/to͞o,tə/sko͞ol/ a program encouraging schools to buy and feature locally produced, farm-fresh foods on their menus. It strengthens local farms and fishery economies and promotes healthy communities. Activities enhance classroom education through hands-on learning related to food, health, agriculture and nutrition. Our CFI program extends farm-to-school activities through curriculum, professional development trainings and farm tours. Check out our Educator Training for more information.
School garden /sko͞ol//gärd(ə)n/ an innovative teaching tool and strategy that lets educators incorporate hand-on activities in a diversity of interdisciplinary, standards-based lessons. It is a soil-based, hydroponic or aquaponic living laboratory where students gain an understanding of ecosystems, an appreciation for food origins and nutrition, and knowledge of plant and animal life cycles. Let our CFI team assist in planning for your next school garden! Live in the Northeast? Check out our limited-time opportunity for raised garden beds! Have a school garden but need maintenance and support? Contact us, we are experienced in supporting soil-based, hydroponic and aquaponic classroom systems across the Northeast!
Workforce Development /ˈwərkfôrs/dəˈveləpmənt/ initiatives that educate and train individuals to meet the needs of current and future business and industry in order to maintain a sustainable competitive economic environment. Whether your looking to enhance your basic skills or would like to sharpen your current training in soil-based, hydroponic or aquaponic systems, we are here to help you reach your goals. Our CFI workforce development workshops are providing 21st century farmers a practical foundation in agriculture and aquaponics to pursue careers related to controlled environment agriculture, science and engineering, and in return, contribute to building CFI! Individuals and groups are welcomed, reach out to learn more about which workshop is right for you!