Youth, Families & Communities
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Information, resources and links on facilitating and supporting community and youth local foods programs. Materials range from youth empowered projects, leader guides for engaging youth and community members with farm to school and community gardens, and other community-based local food tools and program examples.
The links below will direct you to resources, tools and programs on each of the specific topics
- Farm to School: Farm to School is a movement that strives to build a youth’s connection to healthy, local food through school gardening, farm field trips, hands-on cooking and nutrition and local sourcing of fresh fruits and vegetables to school cafeterias.
- Farm to Early Childcare Education (ECE): Farm to Early Childhood Education is a movement working to build pre-K children’s connection to healthy, local food through similar means as Farm to School in child care settings.
- Farm to Fork Camp: Farm to Fork Camp is a collaborative program between 4-H, FCS, and Agriculture to teach youth (8-18) where their food comes from and how to prepare meals using fresh items from the farm.
- Community Gardens: A community garden is ”any piece of land gardened by a group of people.” (North Carolina Community Garden Partners). Dig into the organizations and programs that support community gardens throughout North Carolina.
North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program has been linking youth to fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy animals and other agricultural systems for over 100 years.
- NC 4-H Grow for It Program focuses on plant-based education, emphasizing horticulture, agronomy, soil science and entomology
- NC 4-H Youth Livestock Program provides opportunities for youth to learn about livestock animals, including goat, sheep, beef and swine.
- NC 4-H Dairy Program offers learning experiences with Dairy Cattle.
- NC 4-H Poultry Program has numerous opportunities and materials to support youth poultry programs.
- The Food Youth Initiative (FYI) is a project housed at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS), and carried out with many community partners, with the mission of envisioning and supporting the advancement of a just food system where youth envision and support the advancement of a just food system.
N.C. Cooperative Extension Family & Consumer Science Programs
- EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program) – The youth component of EFNEP for school aged youth 5-19. Check out the website for program sites and information as well as tips and recipes.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education – The goal of SNAP-Ed is to assist those eligible for food assistance to eat smart and move more.”
4-H Youth Subject-Matter Specialist
Departments of Crop and Soil Sciences, Entomology and Plant Pathology and Horticulture Science
NC State University / N.C. Cooperative Extension
email@example.com / 919.513.7346
Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Horticultural Science
North Carolina State University / N.C. Cooperative Extension
firstname.lastname@example.org / 919.515.5373