Twin Valley Elementary School, in Wilmington, VT, will be participating in this year's School to Farm: Know Your Farmer, Know Your School pilot project—an initiative of NOFA VT. Fourth grade teacher, Marie Paige, is excited to partner with Boyd Family Farm to engage her students in four farm field trips throughout the course of the school year. Marie and farmer, DJ Boyd, will use the farm to reinforce the science curriculum next school year. The school's cafeteria will also support the project by utilizing Boyd Farm products in the school meal program as well as taste tests throughout the year.
The School to Farm team kicked off the project with a full day of professional development at Drift Farmstead in Roxbury, VT on May 31. They spent the day reflecting on what it means to teach on a farm and how to engage students in meaningful activities that reinforce classroom concepts. Stay tuned for updates as we move into next school year—thanks to USDA for funding this innovative project!