Great Kids Farm is a living, working farm that educates students of all ages about healthy eating, sustainable agriculture and the natural sciences. Great Kids Farm connects young people in Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) to the soil, plants, and animals that nourish their bodies and provide their food. Through hands-on experiences, students and teachers use Great Kids Farm to bring classroom lessons to life.
Operated by Baltimore City Public Schools
, the 33-acre Catonsville farm is integral to the school system's efforts to improve school food and educate children and families about how nutritious foods form the foundation for healthy people and a sound environment. Farm staff
, Baltimore City students and community volunteers have worked tirelessly to give new life to this historic farm school
. Together, we have cultivated 14 living systems, including vegetable gardens, composting worms, fruit trees, honeybees, mushrooms, and goats which collectively reveal the diversity and interconnectedness of the nourishment humans derive from the earth.
Thousands of students, teachers and members of the broader community connect with these living systems by visiting the Farm and by replicating the Farm's gardens and programs at their local schools each year. Hundreds of students earn credit while studying at the farm for Career and Technology Education each year as they prepare for careers in agriculture, hospitality, business, construction trades, and other Career and Technology Education programs. Students are the focus and the leaders of the living educational opportunities we grow at Great Kids Farm.
More than a dozen students are hired each year to learn professional skills and steward the Farm's living systems as part of City Schools Work-Based Learning program. These students grow food that is donated to educational programs throughout City Schools, served in City Schools Cafeterias as part of the National Farm to Cafeteria program, and sold to their neighbors through restaurant partnerships. These innovative programs place City School students on the forefront of local and national efforts to promote the eating of fresh, local and nutritious food.
From farmers and teachers to neighbors and non-profits, scores of volunteers, businesses, and partners have invested their creativity, sweat, and resources to make incredible learning opportunities available to talented City School students at Great Kids Farm every day.
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