Farming The Future is the leader in providing all-in-one school garden kits, classroom grow kits, student take home grow kits and aquaponics. FTF provides dynamic learning solutions for K-12 institutions utilizing agriculture, project based learning and an online virtual teaching platform. Our programs engage learners with fun science projects, engineering problems to be solved, and interactive digital content. We are not just teaching standards, we are also teaching how to integrate core science concepts with real world problems. Our programs integrate agriculture, sustainability and good nutrition with Next Generation Science Standards.
- Pairs N.G.S.S. aligned curriculum with hands-on projects. Using agriculture as the mechanism for experiential learning.
- Through experiential learning students gain
- A better understanding of the core material
- A broader view of their community and the larger world
- Insights into their own skills and interests
- Opportunities to collaborate with other learners and the larger school community
- Positive practices and skill sets for future professions
- Self-confidence and leadership skills
- Teacher training modules to build horticultural confidence and enthusiasm.
- The most commonly cited reason for school gardens being less than successful is the lack of background knowledge on the part of the teacher.
- Programs can be run by classroom teachers or garden coordinators to suit your institutions needs.
- Provides you with everything you need for a successful school garden with Garden to Cafeteria possibilities.
- All equipment is provided. No need to purchase additional materials.
- Carefully constructed planting guides and plant information cards ensure successful growing and continuous harvests throughout the growing season.
- Teaches true science literacy and the ability to analyze, synthesize and evaluate real world problems and possible solutions.
- Presents learners with access to STEM content at all levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy
- 140,000 lbs of produce produced in schools.
- 500,000+ students reached.
- Programs developed in the classroom based on years of experience teaching and motivating students.
- Constant access to the LMS platform through your computer, phone or tablet.
- Guided learning system with multiple levels of support.
- We show you by providing standards based, scripted lessons and worksheets.
- We teach with you using interactive videos and graphics.
- We can even do part of the teaching for you with video lessons by experienced educators.
- Instructor support through dedicated representatives including growing experts, science educators and technology experts.
- Assistance with funding resources and grant applications.
- Links to grants to fund garden installation and enrichment programs.
- Multiple levels of programs to fit varied budget levels.
- Launch a classroom campaign to raise funds within your community.
Why we do what we do:
We believe that agriculture is truly one of the most enriching fields for learning. Seeing plants grow from seed to their edible end product is a wonderful and empowering experience for students. Agriculture teaches science by learning to work with the local environment, or through attempts to control it during the course of experiments.
School gardens have been proven to affect change in a wide variety of fields including overall student health. Integrating gardens with core STEM concepts and comprehensive lessons has the potential to improve both academic achievement and social emotional learning. Studies have shown that including gardens in the learning environment supports:
- Enhanced overall academic achievement in K-12 settings, including grades and test scores.
- Increases in school engagement and positive attitudes about school and learning.
- Improved knowledge, attitudes and behaviors regarding food literacy, nutrition, healthy behaviors, as well as fruit and vegetable consumption among faculty and learners.
- When schools offer gardens, 44.2 percent of students are found to eat more fruits and vegetables.
- Gardens have the potential to minimize diet-related diseases in childhood, such as obesity and diabetes, through the promotion of eating fresh fruits and vegetables, specifically for high-risk, low-income students.
- Increased physical activity during the school day.
- A demonstrated willingness to try new foods and healthier options in both early childhood and K-12 age groups.
- Providing children with opportunities for social and emotional growth; improved life skills, self-esteem, social skills and behavior.
- The promotion of environmental equity and linking concepts of sustainability to social justice.
Who we are:
Farming The Future is a nationwide group of educators, teachers, farmers and technology specialists. We believe that by creating an environment for learners that is engaging we can help them to truly experience science through the work of their own hands. We are committed to creating engagement between learners and the environment. We believe that agriculture is the greatest vehicle for teaching Next Generation Science Standards as well as community involvement, sustainability, and entrepreneurship.
- Over 60 years of combined experience in the fields of education, farming and learning technology.
- Experienced educators committed to helping learners and instructors succeed in STEM, agriculture, and the development of skills that enrich lives.