Get the Parents Invovled

Many farm to school education programs incorporate parent education as a part of their curriculum. There are many benefits of bringing parents into the program, and these can include: 

Those were just a few examples of why bringing parents into farm to school programs works. Many non-profit organizations also give nutrition and cooking classes to parents in a way that is consistent with farm to school ideas.

Here are some programs with resources on how to effectively teach parents, from cooking to shopping.

Meatless Mondays

Eating less meat and more healthy plant-based foods can help reduce the incidence of chronic preventable diseases, preserve precious land and water resources, and combat climate change. Creating a Meatless Monday campaign is a great way to connect your garden to your parents and families at home!

Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters

Cooking Matters provides free resources, including lesson plans for all ages, recipes, handouts, and more, for those in the community who want to provide food education to families. 

Chop Chop Family Resources

Chop Chop Family Recipes features recipes, monthly newsletters and more to educate kids at home about cooking healthy meals. The Chop Chop Kids Cooking Club is a free cooking challenge for kids.