Changing our food system starts with education. You can become a force for a better food system by teaching others about the issues surrounding industrial food and introducing them to sustainable alternatives. The resources listed here provide high-quality teaching materials and opportunities for all grades and ages, and can help students and teachers alike enrich their understanding of what makes a food system sustainable.
SUSTAINABLE TABLE RESOURCES
- The Meatrix - Our award winning series of animated shorts use humor to educate viewers about the problems created by factory farming.
- Sustainable Table Issue Pages - Our issue pages provide in-depth information about key food and agriculture topics.
- Sustainable Table Handouts - Our downloadable handouts offer quick overviews of a variety of food and agriculture issues.
- Seasonal Food Guide - Our guide allows users to learn when produce is at its peak in any state. The Guide also includes links to recipes and in-depth information on local, seasonal fruits and vegetables from our Real Food Right Now series.
- The Eat Well Guide ® - Our directory of over 25,000 hand-picked restaurants, farms, markets and other sources of local, sustainable food throughout the US.
CURRICULA AND COURSES
- Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University, Teaching the Food System curriculum
- Coursera, An Introduction to the US Food System: Perspectives from Public Health
- FRESH!, List of learning resources and centers for professional development, adult continuing education and grade school
- Food Day, School Curriculum
- Harvard School of Public Health, Lesson Plans and Activities (K-12)
- National Agriculture in the Classroom, Agriculture centered K-12 lesson plans and standards based teaching resources
- National Wildlife Federation, Sustainable Food Curriculum Connections, K-12 Curricula
- Nourish, Food and Sustainabily focused curriculum, companion DVD, and activity guide
- Project Look Sharp, High school and college level food, water, and agriculture lesson plans and teaching resources
- Shelburne Farm’s Sustainable School Projects, Curricula and starter kits
- UC Davis Agriculture Sustainability Institute, School garden curricula
FILMS AND MEDIA RESOURCES
- Dirt! The Movie
- Fed Up
- Food Chains
- Food Fight
- Food Inc.
- Sustainable Table
- Symphony of the Soil
- Food and Water Watch's Factory Farm Map
- USDA Census of Agriculture
- USDA’s Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Program
- USDA National Agricultural Library
- Agrarian Adventure is a volunteer led grassroots nonprofit organization founded by students, teachers, parents and the local community in 2003. Their volunteers work with schools to connect students with food, health, community and agriculture.
- Edible School Yard Project aims to build and share a national edible education curriculum for pre-kindergarten through high school.
- FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy.
- FoodFight works to revolutionize the way we eat and think about food. Using schools as a platform, FoodFight arms teachers, students and school staff with the tools and knowledge they need to make healthier choices and become role models and agents of change for their families and communities.
- Growing Power is a national nonprofit organization and land trust supporting people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities.
- The Kitchen Community is a nonprofit organization founded in 2011 that impacts over 100,000 children a day with nearly 200 Learning Gardens in schools and community organizations across the country.
- Lexicon of Sustainability connects users with the people and principles that define sustainability. A repository of knowledge about the food system that people can use to create their own communities and conversations.
- Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is on a mission to create a healthy and sustainable food system that benefits us all. On 80 acres in Westchester County, just 25 miles north of New York City, they operate a highly diversified, four-season farm and an education center that hosts over a hundred thousand visitors each year.
- Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) promotes and supports the development, application, research and exchange of best teaching and learning practices in sustainable agriculture education and curricula through communication, training, development and collaborative activities for teachers and learners.