ICSD Announces Launch of Summer Farm to Table Program

The Ithaca City School District is excited to announce the launch of its Farm to Table Program (ICSD FTT), offered to second and third grade students from the Belle Sherman, Beverly J. Martin, Cayuga Heights, and Enfield elementary schools. The program runs from July 24 to August 18 and will pick back up in the fall as an afterschool program beginning September 6. 
ICSD FTT is funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant awarded to the District by the New York State Education Department this past spring. The grant’s purpose is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program and offer families opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education.
The ICSD FTT program will offer a contextualized interdisciplinary hands-on study of food, nutrition, gardening, and cooking. The students will be outside and using their hands as much as possible and have the opportunity to visit local farms and food facilities. Families of participating students are strongly encouraged to get involved with the program, whether by helping guide the curriculum and choosing which foods the students learn about, joining the students on field trips and for special events, or participating in the Program Advisory Committee (PAC).
“We will be growing, harvesting, eating and learning about food in so many ways,” says program director Laurie Pattington. Currently a first-grade teacher at Cayuga Heights Elementary School, Pattington has been working with children and food systems as a farmer and educator for 20 years.
If you would like more information, there will be a presentation on the ICSD FTT program at next week’s Board of Education meeting, Tuesday, August 8 at 6:00pm. To view the presentation, please visit the BoE page on ithacacityschools.org or search for ICSD Communications on YouTube.