Connecting students with local food through Classroom Connects Curriculum Guide
Classrooms connect with local food in Durham Region
Students in Durham received a healthy boost with the release of the Classroom Connects Local Food Curriculum Guide. Now Creative Group was the design team for the print and online publication, a collaboration between the school board, Ecosource and the Greenbelt Fund.
The guide was created by Durham District School Board secondary school teachers with the goal of sharing ideas for educators to incorporate food system education and food literacy into teaching practices across the curriculum. The guide contains a series of secondary school lesson plans in five different subject areas including business, geography, science, family studies and hospitality. It includes easy-to-use lessons that provide meaningful connections for students to connect with their local food system.
“The Classroom Connects curriculum guide provides a much needed support for teachers to bring concepts of food literacy into their classrooms across a range of diverse subjects”
– Carolyn Bailey, Acting Executive Director at Ecosource
The curriculum guide is a component of the larger Cafeteria Connects Project which has seen the school board working together with Compass Chartwells and environmental organization Ecosource over the past year and a half to bring more local food into high school cafeterias across the school board—providing menus of fresh, delicious food for students and an economic boost to Ontario farmers.
“The Cafeteria Connects program will provide DDSB students with new educational opportunities and more affordable local food options right in their school cafeterias. The partnership with Ecosource and Chartwells has made it possible for the DDSB to offer more local produce and to increase food literacy for our students and our staff,”
– Ed Hodgins, Superintendent of Education/Business
The Classroom Connects Curriculum Guide is available as a free download online at ecosource.ca/publications.
The Cafeteria Connects: Bringing Ontario Foods to Secondary School Cafeterias project is made possible with an investment from the Greenbelt Fund. As a non-profit organization, the Fund supports and enhances the viability, integrity, and sustainability of agriculture in the Greenbelt and Ontario. For more information about the programs, investments, and local food, visit greenbeltfund.ca. For more information about the project please visit ecosource.ca.