FRESHFARM FoodPrints integrates gardening, cooking, and nutrition education into the curriculum through a model of partnerships, standards-based curriculum, cafeteria connections and food access. Our expert educators teach hands-on lessons that get students excited about growing, preparing and enjoying fresh, local whole foods — and bring science, math and social studies to life — with the goal of improving health outcomes of children and families.
FoodPrints engages students PK through 5th grade in, hands-on, FoodPrints classes in school gardens and classrooms throughout the school year
FoodPrints partners with DC Public elementary schools across the city, and helps maintain flourishing school gardens
Lessons in the FoodPrints curriculum are all aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core as well as DC standards and national food education standards
FoodPrints programming is grounded in tackling the global ‘syndemic’ of obesity, climate change, and hunger across Washington, DC:
- 45% of the U.S. population suffers from at least one chronic disease, and 80% of chronic disease is diet – and lifestyle – related. (The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease)
- 46% of the District of Columbia’s population is either diagnosed with or at high risk for diabetes and diet-related diseases.
- Few grocery stores and farm markets contrasted with high prevalence of processed fast foods in high-need areas of DC exemplify the ‘food deserts’ where many families make food choices.
Given these health realities, a model like FoodPrints — which equips youngsters with familiarity with, skills to prepare, and desire to eat nutritious foods — is critical.