Field to Table Schools
FoodShare’s award-winning Field to Table Schools (FTTS) program is restoring good food education in schools with hands-on activities, workshops and growing projects. Students from JK to Grade 12 learn about composting, innovative food gardens, nutrition, cooking, local and global food systems and more. The FTTS program reconnects students with food and where it comes from; teaching that good healthy food not only tastes good, but is fun too!
Using the Ontario curriculum from JK to Grade 12, there are many points where the food system can be brought to life. The FTTS team has designed a comprehensive list of creative workshops and teaching tools to support this important work. Teachers can access these resources and activity ideas, or arrange a workshop either in-class, or as a field trip to FoodShare’s 90 Croatia Street location to get involved.
Since 2006, FoodShare’s FTTS Educators led over 10,000 students and 1000 educators through interactive workshops and hands-on activities, all of which are available to download and open source. The FTTS team encourages teachers, parents, students and educators to use these resources at school, in your community and even at home.
The Field to Table Schools Vision is a Recipe for Change
We want to improve the health of Ontario children by changing the grade 12 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) to include Food Literacy, so that all students learn how to make healthy food choices, access at least one healthy meal a day at school, and increase their physical activity through food activities such as gardening, cooking, and composting daily.
The Recipe for Change initiative is taking our Food Literacy work to a new level, mobilizing policy makers, students, educators and key decision makers in the charge to embed good food education into the Ontario curriculum.
Recipe for Change will take our vision for students to new heights: a Good Food Café in every school, comprehensive cooking education, gardening and composting throughout all the subject areas from JK to grade 12!
The Field to Table Schools program's Recipe for Change initiative was named as a 2012 Toronto Community Foundation Vital Idea and we're thrilled to be working with them to expand our outreach of Food Literacy education and resources to children and youth across Toronto. See our Community Knowledge Centre page on the Toronto Community Foundation website here!
For more information about the Field to Table Schools programming or events, please contact Brooke Ziebell, Field to Table Schools Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to learn more about the Recipe for Change initiative.
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