Earth School-to-Farm programs educate youth from high needs school districts on the origins of food, health and nutrition, and sustainable living practices. Participating students have the chance to learn about the relationship between farm animals and sustainable agriculture.  They not only bring their vegetables from field to plate, but also have the chance to discover the role that animals play in the living systems of a farm.

The programs are held outdoors and on sustainable farms and include a wide range of hands-on activities aimed at developing children’s understanding of nature. As the children learn about sustainable farming and healthy food, they also learn about the natural systems in which the farms are embedded.

Our programs span several months, with visits spaced out over the seasons and children split into small groups for more comprehensive learning.

Currently, we offer free annual programs to the following Title One schools and groups: At-risk youth living in the Sally & Anthony Mann Center, a shelter for traumatized teens in Hawthorne, NY; refugee students who are unaccompanied minors from Central America awaiting legal resettlement, housed at Abbott House in Irvington, NY; low-income pre-schoolers attending the Ossining Children’s Center, in Ossining, NY; and to 1st and 2nd graders from the Promise Academy II of the Harlem Children’s Zone, a project offering comprehensive educational, health and social services for children and their families, and aimed at overcoming the poverty that has persisted across multiple generations in New York City’s Harlem. We also partner with the Walkabout Bronx High School, Yorktown High School, and Ossining High School for civic internships and service learning opportunities.

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Click here to read a recent blog post about our newest program working with refugee youth from Central America.

Thanks to a grant from the Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation, OCC Kindergartners are getting out into nature. Watch the video here.

Thank you to our supporters!
In addition to all the generous individuals and partners who have donated in support of these programs, we’d like to add extra special thanks to those who give generously of their time and services to make Earth School-to-Farm programs so successful:

Our deepest thanks also go to the local foundations who support our Earth School-to-Farm programs:

  • St. Faith’s House Foundation.
  • The Alpern Family Foundation
  • Child Advocacy 360
  • Eileen Fisher Community Partnership
  • The Jack DeVito Foundation
  • The Dannon Company
  • Captain Planet Foundation
  • Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation
  • Kate Svitek Memorial Foundation
  • Deupree Family Foundation
  • Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots and Shoots Program

And others who prefer to remain anonymous.

Check out recent posts relating to our School-To-Farm Program

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