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Farm to Table Program


Program Information

July 6 - August 14
Monday - Friday
Distance Learning
Mary Grover
(607) 342-8748
Now in its fourth 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 1st-5th grade students from Belle Sherman, Beverly J. Martin, Cayuga Heights, Enfield, and Fall Creek 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. 

Summer 2020 Distance Learning Framework

This year's Farm to Table Summer Program will take place exclusively through a distance learning model. Here's what you can expect for your child(ren):

summer 2020 distance learning framework

21st Century Community Learning Centers

The Ithaca City School District Farm to Table program is funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant awarded to the District by the New York State Education Department in spring 2017. 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.

Click here for more information on the 21st CCLC.

As part of the 21st CCLC, the ICSD Farm to Table program is guided by all stakeholders, including students, teachers, parents, partner organizations, and community members.