Farm to School Online

The Corvallis Environmental Center’s Farm to School program increases the use of local foods in our schools, encourages children to make healthy eating choices, and supports regional farmers. We do this through cooking classes, field trips, tasting tables, garden lessons, and more.

In response to the coronavirus closures, the Farm to School program will be providing content virtually through videos and activity guides. Check back here for new content every week!

From the CEC Kitchen

STEAM activities and lessons with a culinary twist!

April Classroom Food Adventure (Grades K-8)

Join us for a virtual Classroom Food Adventure featuring our April Harvest of the Month: Honey! We will make a simple, yet delicious, recipe with only 4 ingredients. Bees will be buzzing to get a hold of this sweet treat. Grab the recipe here: Honey Cinnamon Apples Recipe

Share with us what you made and any other ways that you enjoy honey by posting a picture on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #CECconnects!

Be sure to download our pollinator identification worksheet for your age/grade:

Kindergarten Pollinator Worksheet

1st and 2nd Grade Pollinator Worksheet

3rd-5th Grade Pollinator Worksheet

Seed Art: 3-part series (All ages)

Headed out for a walk or eating some fruit for a snack? Be on the look out for seeds!

Check out our three part video series on how to make art using seeds:

In Part 1 we use tree seeds to make fun designs using paint. Seed Painting Art Instructions

In Part 2 we use tree seeds in a new way by making seed designs, and don’t forget Part 3! Here we use seeds from the kitchen or old seed packets to make a seed mosaic. How else can you use seeds to make art? Be sure to share your creations with us by posting a picture on Instagram or Facebook and using the hashtag #CECConnects!

Seed Design Instructions

 

Mosaic Seed Art Instructions

 

Fruit vs Veggie (All ages)

Would you call a carrot a fruit? Or a pepper a vegetable? Find out a simple trick to help you tell which is which!

Once you know the trick, put it to the test with this Fruit vs Veggie Worksheet!

Fruit and Veggie Yoga for Kids

Bring some movement to your day with this fun fruit and vegetable themed yoga video! We will stretch, jump, and breathe as we use our imaginations to become different foods. Make sure to watch the Fruit vs. Veggie video above, too, to learn the difference between fruits and vegetables!

Quick Pickled Radishes (All ages)

Quick Pickled Radishes

These quick pickled radishes are a fun way to change up the taste of radishes for those who don’t love them as is: They lose their bitter taste and become more mild. This a great recipe for kids to help with and the fun pink color they turn may encourage them (or you!) to try a new food!

Ingredient List

  • 1 bunch (12-14) Radishes
  • ¾ Cup of rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • Red pepper flakes or garlic cloves (optional)
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ cup of hot water

Steps

  1. Thinly slice radishes (or use a mandolin)
  2. Add all ingredients to a jar
  3. Stir
  4. Let sit for ~1 hour
  5. Enjoy! 

Layers of Soil Yogurt Parfait- Coming Soon!

Learn about the layers of soil while constructing a healthy snack using ingredients you find around your kitchen!

Snack Engineering- Coming Soon!

Imagine, create, and build with items found around your kitchen for a fun and healthy snack!

Gardening for Everyone!

Whether you have a garden or not, everyone can learn from these videos and grow their own fruits, veggies, flowers, or beans.

Starting from Seed (Grades 3-8)

Don’t throw your egg cartons away! Watch  and learn how you can take an empty egg carton and use it to start growing your own seeds indoors. Learn why it is helpful to start seeds inside, especially when you don’t have your own outdoor garden.

Then, the video below will cover how to transplant the seedlings once they get bigger. Show us your seed starter and seedlings by posting a picture on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #CECconnects!

Let’s Dissect a Flower! (All ages)

Flowers are more than just pollen and petals! And wait, are those eggs inside?? All ages can watch this short, fun video to learn a bit more about the many fascinating parts of a flower.

Plant Your Kitchen (All ages)

Instead of tossing your food scraps in the compost, plant them and watch them grow! Watch the video to learn how. Written instructions are below!

Plant your Kitchen Instructions

Avocado

Materials: 

  • Avocado pit (washed and dried)
  • Cup or jar (filled with water)
  • Toothpicks
  • Water

Instructions:

  1. Find the widest part of the avocado pit
  2. Using 3 toothpicks stick them around the widest part of the avocado, placing them equal distance apart.
  3. Set the avocado pit on top of the jar of water. Bottom of the pit should be touching the water. 
  4. Place in a sunny window. 
  5. You should see growth in about 2-6 weeks!

 

Garlic

Materials:

  • Container with holes in the bottom. You can use empty plastic food containers and just add holes! Filled with soil. 
  • soil 
  • Garlic cloves

Instructions

  1. Make a hole big enough to fit the whole clove of garlic. 
  2. If your garlic isn’t sprouting before you put it in the soil, that’s okay! Find the small flat part towards the bottom of the garlic, this is where the roots will grow. 
  3. Place the garlic in the hole, root side down. 
  4. Cover with soil. If the garlic has sprouted and already has greens, leave the greens uncovered. 
  5. The garlic most likely won’t produce new garlic bulbs, but the greens are edible! 

Make Your Own Window Greenhouse- Coming Soon!

Watch seeds germinate in just a few days with this fun window greenhouse activity! With this project, you can monitor growth more easily than seeds planted in soil. Construct a greenhouse in your window using just paper, tape, markers, seeds (dried beans work best), water, and a paper towel. Watch your seed sprout and track its growth! After you watch the video, check out the directions below.

 

 

Window Greenhouse Step by Step

Watch seeds germinate in just a few days with this fun window greenhouse activity! With this project, you can monitor growth more easily than seeds planted in soil.

Materials needed:

  • Sheets of paper (construction, printer, or recycled paper bags)
  • Markers or crayons
  • Tape
  • Sealable bag, such as a sandwich/snack bag
  • Dried beans 
  • Paper towel or cotton balls

Directions:

  1. Trace the shape of your desired greenhouse onto your paper. To make a front and a back side, trace it twice. You can also use download and print this template.
  2. Cut out your greenhouse and decorate it
  3. Place damp paper towel or cotton balls in a sealable baggie 
  4. Add dried beans to your bag with the paper towels (2-5 beans)
  5. Close bag and tape to greenhouse cutouts
  6. Tape your greenhouse to the window
  7. Watch them grow!

 

Virtual Field Trips

Our Farm to School Spring field trips, brought to you virtually!

From Seed to Plant (Grades K-5)

Join us for a virtual field trip at SAGE where we will take a journey from seed to plant. We will be on the hunt for all different parts of the plant from roots to fruits! Download our Plant Part Labeling Worksheet and fill it out during the field trip.

Our challenge for you is to look around your house, in your pantry or fridge and see how many plant parts you can identify! Share what you found by posing a picture on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #CECconnects!

Insects in the Garden (Grades K-5)

Join us for a virtual field trip at SAGE where we learn all about garden invertebrates, or the animals without a spine! We will look at helpful and harmful garden insects, discuss how pollinators help our gardens, and look at other garden invertebrates that keep our garden healthy. Then join us for an exciting garden Invertebrate Bingo Worksheet as we search SAGE for animals without spines! What will we find? Click on the worksheet link to follow along!

 

Food Webs & Ecosystems (Grades K-5)

Join us for a virtual field trip at SAGE where we learn all about garden ecosystems and food chains. Learn what producers, consumers, and decomposers are and how to identify them. Then it is time for an ecosystem scavenger hunt! Download our Ecosystem Scavenger Hunt Worksheet and see what you can find right outside your front door.

Share the most interesting thing you found on your scavenger hunt by posting a picture on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #CECconnects

 

Tour the Starker Arts Garden for Education- Coming Soon!

Join us for a virtual tour of our education and production garden SAGE! Get behind the scense information on what happens at SAGE and an exclusive interview with our Garden Manager!