Education for Sustainability
In 2018-2019, Shelburne Farms supported an equity assessment of its policies, programs, structure, culture, and practices. Since then, we’ve been responding to that assessment. The ongoing work is to build an equitable and inclusive organization, and more broadly, to support an equitable and inclusive society.
Hey early childhood educators! Come explore Farm to Early Childhood (FTEC) programming with us!
Cultivating Farm to Early Childhood (FTEC) is an opportunity for you — Family Child Care, Head Start, Center-Based, Public Pre-K, and Home Visiting educators — to explore and expand your personal and professional experience related to food and nutrition programming while building and strengthening community connections.
Farm-based education has emerged as a bright light in the story of agriculture today, where farmers face enormous challenges, and people grow increasingly disconnected from the land we depend on. At the 7th National Farm-Based Education Conference this November, that light was shining strong. Nearly 300 farm-based educators gathered with peers to share ideas, build friendships, and reflect on their evolving programs.
Climate change is the sustainability challenge of our time. As an organization dedicated to education for sustainability, Shelburne Farms must address this issue not just on our farm, but with our educators and partners. Understanding climate change and having the skills to address its many facets are key to making positive change. And while learning about climate change alone does not always lead individuals to act, pairing learning with opportunities to implement solutions can build an individual’s sense of agency so that they do take climate action!
While a great many pumpkins have been carved into jack o’lanterns for this evening’s trick or treating, many still remain intact. It is easy to forget that these squash are edible, and a great way to engage children in cooking after the holiday.
October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between children and local food. Vermont FEED, our farm to school partnership project with NOFA-VT, is working to connect the 3C’s of farm to school—cafeteria, classroom, and community—throughout the state. Here are some of the highlights from the month: