School-Based Programs

School-Based Programs

School-Based Food Education gives students the opportunity to learn about and fall in love with life-long healthy food choices from an early age at school. Common Threads provides coordinated leadership and support for school-based food education through our trained Food Educators.

Our aim is to:

  • Raise kids who delight in knowing how to raise, prepare and eat healthy food
  • Support learning across the curriculum (our lessons are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards)
  • Improve the role that healthy food plays in school culture
  • Help kids and their families get excited about preparing and eating healthy foods together


There are three key ways that we do this:

  1. Gardening during the school day – Food Educators lead lessons in school gardens during Fall & Spring. Students participate in caring for food-producing gardens as well as learning about various subjects through garden-based learning (e.g. math, science, reading, etc.). 
  2. Cooking in the classroom -Food Educators cook/prepare simple vegetable-based recipes and discuss basic nutrition concepts. Students prepare recipes in small groups, building their ability to work in a team.
  3. After school programs – Gardening, cooking, or a combination of these activities.

In addition, Food Educators connect with other initiatives such as Harvest of the Month and school-based family nights.


For a current list of School-Based program locations, see where we’re growing.

Even if working with Common Threads isn’t quite right for your school right now, we’d love to share what we’ve learned on our Resources page.