Farm to School volunteers lead Newfield Elem students through garden scavenger hunt and seed planting activities to learn how food is grown.
Image by Baz Perry

Garden Based Learning Experiences

parts of the plant salads at a taste test at BJM elementary school

Taste Tests with Nutrition Education

Farm to School Educational Programs

Our standards-aligned education programs 

are designed to complement cafeteria Farm to School menu items 

by educating youth about 

food systems, food production and healthy food choices 

through the lens of 

history, literature, science, civic engagement and

hands-on learning in the garden, kitchen and community. 

Currently, we are conducting communications with local schools in the interest of offering no-cost, standards-aligned educational programming related to nutrition, gardening, and sustainable food systems.

Meet Our Educator, Tara Morgan

Tara is a NYS certified social studies teacher (7-12) and social justice educator with 15 years of teaching experience in a variety of settings including public and private schools, farm-based education programs and non-profit organizations. She is eager, and excited, to support local schools and teachers in bringing Farm to School programming to their students.

Tara is available to offer support in developing age-appropriate and culturally responsive Farm to School programming for any grade level. If you have questions regarding Farm to School programming and offerings, please feel free to contact her directly at

Current Projects


- March Maple Nation Classroom Lessons (elem) and Cafeteria Posters alongside local Maple glazed chicken and maple roasted butternut squash

- June After School Cooking Classes for making smoothies and fresh toast, and a second class with fish tacos (18 HS students)

- June NYS Smoothies at elementary school field day events featuring strawberries, spinach, mint, milk and apple juice (all elementary kids at Cassavant and Freeville Elementary) 


- April Field Day Parts of the Plant Salad Taste Test (all elementary students)

- April Field Day Garden Scavenger Hunt (all elementary students)

Year long research project in cooperation with Cornell Master of Public Health faculty and students resulting in ethnographic assessments of the physical cafeteria environment, cafeteria staff needs, and family perceptions of school food. 


- Food Justice and Food Systems curriculum development at South Hill Elementary

- Turning the new Tompkins Food System Plan from Tompkins Food Future into elementary age lessons 

- May Ithaca High School Climate Fair, Teen Climate Changemakers Table

- June Garden Field Day at BJM Elementary School Parts of the Plant taste test

- Summer food system lessons through ICSD's Project Innovation


- Factors of Production curriculum

Interested in Online Farm to School Learning?

Check out our compiled 2019 resources in our Google Drive HERE.


Tara Morgan
Farm to school Education Coordinator
(607) 272-2292 x131

Last updated October 1, 2022