Vermont FEED's Northeast Farm to School Institute is a unique year-long professional learning opportunity for twelve school teams from New England and New York. Our year-long Institute kicks off with a Summer Retreat held at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT from June 26-28, 2018.
BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION
Farm to School Action Planning
During the retreat, participants will develop a comprehensive school-wide Farm to School Action Plan that includes curriculum, local procurement, utilizing outdoor learning spaces, and cultivating family and community connections.
School teams will be paired with an experienced coach from their state’s FTS Network. You’ll have communication and meetings with this coach throughout the school year to assist you in implementing and adapting your action plan to meet the changing needs of the school.
Networking with Peers
Individuals and teams will have time to share innovations, join in dialogue, and share food and fun with other schools from across the Northeast states. Teacher & Nutrition Staff Professional Development All team members receive certification of participation for the retreat. School nutrition staff receive continuing education/ training hours for their time. Teachers may opt to receive graduate continuing education credits through Castleton University by participating in a fall curriculum retreat.
To apply, identify a team (4-6 members for schools, 5-7 for districts) comprised of:
- School nutrition directors or managers
- Classroom teachers
- School administrators or curriculum coordinators
- School nurses
- Parents, school board, or community members
- One district-level administrator (for district teams only) *For district teams, identify 1 or 2 schools in your district in which you will focus efforts on implementing a FTS action plan that can serve as an example for other schools within the district.