Classroom and Curricula

Children and a teacher in the classroom. (Copyright ARS)
Learning about sustainable agriculture issues can start at any age. Review instructional books, teaching aids, course outlines, support organizations and other teaching resources for all levels - kindergarten, high school and beyond.

Organic Farming Research Foundation

Searchable database of activities, curriculum, educational programs for beginning farmers, K-12, parents, teachers, college students and volunteers.

United States Department of Agriculture.

A collection of educational materials from the United States Department of Agriculture for teachers, parents and students featuring valuable learning tools on the varied aspects of agriculture, health, nutrition and science.

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Describes sustainable agriculture educational programs, curricula and other materials for pre-K through 12th grade schoolchildren. Lists contacts and Web links, plus suggestions for using lessons in course planning.

University of California. Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

A training manual on topics related to agricultural marketing and making a small farm economically viable. "Included are lessons and resources for running a CSA project, selling at farmers' markets, forming collaborative marketing groups and grower cooperatives, and selling to restaurants. Also covered are strategies to improve small farm planning, including enterprise visioning and market assessment; creating a business plan, including marketing and crop plans; and managing cash flow." Contains lecture outlines, field demonstrations, progress assessments and resource lists.

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Learn what scientists at the Agricultural Research Service do. Explore topics such as animals, aquaculture, environment, farming, insects, nutrition, plants, satellites, soil, technology, test tubes, transportation, water, weird science and more.

USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Extension Service.

Provides educational resources and activities for students, teachers and parents that help young children and teens "gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society, so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies."

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Provides agricultural educators with training resources to help farmers and ranchers establish thriving farming systems.

Education Planet.

This subscription-based, searchable Web service offers an extensive collection of "teacher reviewed online lesson plans" and Web sites on many subjects including sustainable and organic agriculture.

University of California. Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

A 700-page training manual on the "practical aspects of organic farming and gardening, applied soil science, and social and environmental issues in agriculture." Contains lecture outlines, field demonstrations, progress assessments and resource lists.