“Growing Forward” K-12 Agriculture and Nutrition Program
“Growing Forward” is our K-5 Common Core agriculture and nutrition education program. This two hour hands-on program cycles groups of students through the “stations” of the farm, where they learn about food production, growing healthy soil, composting, vermiculture (worm farming), nutrition, pollination, etc. The farm also provides each student with a healthy snack. Cost is $5/child (adults are free). For more information or to schedule a group contact: Lcarter@cals.arizona.edu
“Digging Deeper” Middle and High School Service Learning Program
Digging Deeper is a STEM-based agricultural literacy and nutrition education program for students at the middle school and high school level. This 2 1/2-hour program delivers a hands-on seed-to-table curriculum utilizing the farm as a classroom. Students move through stations of the farm, learning the ins and outs of food production, harvesting, and processing; the scoop on sugary drinks, fast food, and whole grains, the science of soil and composting; and participate in preparing a healthy meal. For more information or to schedule a group contact: Lcarter@cals.arizona.edu
4-H Food Smart Families
Arizona 4-H is offering the 4-H Food Smart Families program in order to educate underserved youth and their families to take action around nutritional deficiencies, healthy food choices, safe cooking skills and food budget and management strategies. Food Smart Families is being offered to in-school and after-school program providers for youth ages 8-18. The program is being offered in Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties and includes a dynamic curriculum that will include hands-on lessons designed to teach youth, and ultimately their families, about healthy food options, food selection and preparation, as well as food budgeting. Optional programming is also being offered that focuses on home and school gardening as a means to provide additional fresh produce into family’s diets. Contact Natalie Shepp at email@example.com or 520-626-5161 for more information on joining the program.
Li'l Sprouts is educational farm-fun for 2-5 year olds and their accompanying grown-ups. Each session consists of 4, 1-hour-long classes that meet on Fridays. If you would like to be notified with information on future sessions contact Jessica Luse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors
Tucson Village Farm offers middle and high school students the opportunity to be trained as leaders within the community in promoting healthy lifestyle choices, such as proper nutrition, physical activity, food budgeting and healthy food preparation. Participating students are required to complete 12 hours of training where they will learn fun, hands-on nutrition lessons, simple and healthy food preparation, and gain valuable leadership skills. These students will then be given opportunities to put their skills to use by spreading these healthy living messages throughout Southern Arizona. The idea is that youth can be encouraged to be instigators of change toward more healthy habits within their communities. This program is offered in Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise and Pinal Counties. Contact Natalie Shepp at email@example.com or (520) 626-5161 for more information or to request an application.
Experience desert gardening first hand and learn by doing at the farm. Join us for Volunteer Mondays, from 8:30am to noon every Monday. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the full list of opportunities.
Join us at our weekly U-Pick and grab your veggies for the week while supporting your favorite urban farm for kids at the same time. Our U-Pick is open every Tuesday afternoon from 4-6. Our produce is sold at market prices and we accept cash or check. Check on our Facebook page to see a weekly update of available produce for sale.
Farm Camp is offered for two one-week sessions in June. Participants will experience 35 hours of farm immersion, learning the ins and outs of farm life through daily farm chores, live animal demonstrations, presenters, hatching live chicks, and daily food preparation. Camp participants prepare all of their own food through the week as well as a luncheon for the parents on the last day. For more information, call 626-5161 or email Thom Plasse.