Farm to Table Summer & Afterschool Program
Now in its third year, the ICSD Farm to Table Summer and Afterschool Program provides students with a contextualized, interdisciplinary, hands-on study of food, nutrition, gardening, and cooking.
The Farm to Table Program is offered to second and third grade students from Belle Sherman, Beverly J. Martin, Cayuga Heights, and Enfield elementary schools. Designed to reinforce and complement students’ regular academic curriculum, the Farm to Table Program incorporates skills in writing, reading, and math, as well as content from health, science, and social studies.
At each school, students investigate a different aspect of how food gets from the farm to the table. Through partnerships with local organizations, such as the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Food Studies Institute, and the Youth Farm, students also have the opportunity to visit local farms and food facilities.
Another major component of the Farm to Table program is family engagement. Families are strongly encouraged to become involved with the program, whether by helping guide the curriculum and choosing which foods the students learn about, or by joining the students on field trips and for special events. Each year, the Farm to Table Program also culminates with a family harvest dinner featuring fresh food made by the students, in collaboration with the district’s Child Nutrition department, and local restaurants.
The ICSD Farm to Table Program is funded by a five-year 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant, which was awarded to the district in 2017 by the State Education Department.