Dreaming of a school garden? Have one already?
Our educator workshops provide attendees with tools for project-based, environmental, and S.T.E.A.M. education in K-12 classrooms. Educators are equipped with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned course plans around the study and creation of food ecosystems, school gardens and other farm-to-school activities.
We tailor our offerings to the needs and interests of each school or school district in order to ensure their success in the development of their own farm-based education plan. Each school has a unique vision for how they see themselves and their students taking part in farm to school activities - let’s make that vision a reality!
Schools use CFI programming for S.T.E.A.M. career track education, advanced skills training, and widespread engagement via hands-on learning in cross-cutting concepts in many disciplinary core ideas around complex science and engineering practices. When they embrace farm-to-school and CFI principles, schools commit to providing education about food, sustainable farming, health and the environment.
CFI is an incredible experiential learning tool for critical S.T.E.A.M. subjects. It provides students a technical education including 21st century skills and research related to agriculture, food, health and nutrition. Activities such as design competitions pique the curiosity of students while establishing a foundation for success for the school and faculty alike.
Case Study: Workspace Academy (Bethel, Connecticut)
In October 2017, Workspace Academy and Trifecta Ecosystems began exploring a Farm to School plan to understand how the school interacts with food and its local food ecosystem. Trifecta Ecosystems began delivering a City that Feeds Itself workshop series in January 2018 which culminated in a raised bed garden project in May 2018. Each workshop was facilitated by Trifecta’s team of agricultural technology professionals. The series acted as the planning process to develop a cohesive Farm to School strategy and implementation plan.