Common Core Cooking and Gardening for the Next Generation

Although teachers have a lot on their metaphorical plates, the evidence between health and learning is overwhelming. Linking food to the academic curriculum can nurture the wellness of our students.


This collaborative project is currently recruiting teachers from Napa County (K-5 preferred) to participate in the design and implementation of cooking, tasting, and gardening lessons that align to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

The Commitment:

  • Attend 1 training forum and 3 lesson design meetings (approx. 2 hrs ea.)
  • Pilot five co-developed, standards-based lessons in the classroom (with District and/or administrator’s prior approval)
  • Provide feedback to adapt and revise lessons for different grade levels
  • Participate in 1 focus group interview at the close of the academic year

The Rewards:

  • Professional networking opportunities
  • Expert guidance with classroom-based, standards-aligned food education
  • 5 grade-level appropriate lesson plans for future classroom use
  • $300 stipend for attending all meetings
  • Basic food tasting/preparation supply kit (valued at $100)
  • Five food texts (informational and narrative tradebooks)

Sign me up! To demonstrate interest in this project, complete this brief survey.

Still Have Questions?  To find out more, visit The School Garden Doctor or contact Carrie Strohl at schoolgardensforlearning@gmail.com.

Download the Recruitment Flyer here.

This project is made possible through a generous Whole Kids Foundation Innovation Grant awarded to Carrie Strohl, Ph.D..

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