The Baltimore City Public Schools Farm to School (F2S) program promotes experiential education that connects students to nature and food systems. In every grade band, our programs and services focus on three core areas: (1) food education for lifelong healthy habits, (2) nature-based exploration for wholeness and academic enrichment, (3) food system engagement for active citizenship, leadership development, and career skills. Reflective of the priorities outlined in the City Schools Blueprint for Success, meaningful F2S experiences are transformative for students’ academic success and their social, emotional, and physical wellness. Additionally, they empower youth to understand, engage with, and co-create their food system in ways that can improve food security and sovereignty, while also preparing youth to be systems thinkers and social changemakers.
With 33 acres of forests, fields, a stream, greenhouses, and a barn full of animals, Great Kids Farm (GKF) is a hub for hands-on Farm to School opportunities. GKF is owned and operated by Baltimore City Public Schools Food & Nutrition Services.
The Farm to School team offers the following (free!) to staff and students in our district:
*Contact email@example.com with questions about these experiences.
Farm to School Specialists provide technical assistance and materials to school staff interested in school gardening, greening, cafeteria programs, and nutrition programs, in the form of:
Other resources for school staff can be found on the City Schools Farm to School homepage and the City Schools Sustainability homepage, where links allow visitors to view all greening resources and to access Green Newsletters for staff.
GKF hosts professional development and other gatherings (e.g., networking) for departments within City Schools and for external organizations with relevant missions. If you are interested in hosting a meeting at GKF, please submit a request here.
Email City Schools Farm to School staff at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a Baltimore City Public Schools staff person interested in:
School gardens are valuable resources as versatile spaces for enriching student learning across subjects, ages, and abilities. Our Farm to School staff provides technical assistance for gardens of all shapes and sizes– ranging from indoor windowsill arrangements to outdoor greenhouses and raised beds.
Look for the “GKF Beet” in the monthly Green Schools Update. Email email@example.com to subscribe.