Youth & Food in Michigan.....

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Youth Farm Stands

Curriculum and Resources

  • Cornell Garden Based Learning: Inspiring, research-based gardening resources and professional development to support engaging, empowering, and relevant learning experiences for children, youth, adults, and communities.

  • Urban School Gardens, a presentation by Anne Scott at the Michigan Family Farms Conference on January 15, 2011.

  • Resource and Lesson Reviews by the Michigan Nutrition Network and C.S. Mott Group is a detailed data base of resources and lessons with reviews that are directly related to the youth farm stand project and nutrition education for children.

  • Nutrition Education Resource by the Dairy Council of California is a list of suggested books for children with nutrition themes.

  • Getting Started: A Guide for Creating School Gardens as Outdoor Classrooms is designed and published by the Center for Ecoliteracy in collaboration with Life Lab Science Program, a national leader in garden-based education.

  • REAL School Gardens is a grassroots gardening program that helps children by supporting elementary school communities as they design, install and sustain outdoor classrooms (gardens).

  • School Garden Wizard has been created for America's K-12 school community through a partnership between the United States Botanic Garden and Chicago Botanic Garden offers guides for proposing a school garden to how to keep the garden growing.

  • California School Gargen Network provides over one hundred garden-based lessons to create, expand, and sustain garden-based learning experiences and many more!

  • The Learning Garden is one of the country’s largest and most successful school gardens and provides a model example of how school gardens can transform the lives of students and teachers and the environment of their community.

Gardening & Farming

National Links

  • National Gardening Association (NGA) - Nonprofit provider of plant-based education aims to promote home, school, and community gardening.

  • National Children's Gardening Association (NCGA)- Kids gardening explores gardening resources for family, teachers and beginner or experienced gardeners.

  • American Community Gardening Association (ACGA)- Nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities that recognizes that community gardening improves people’s quality of life in a variety of ways.




Funding & Grants



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C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems
Michigan State University

303 Natural Resources Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1222

Contact: Anne Scott, Youth Community Food Outreach Specialist
Phone: 517.353.0751
Email: scottann @