This curriculum explores the global food production system. Developed by educators at Teachers College, Columbia University, and the National Gardening Association, Farm to Table & Beyond is part of the Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE) curriculum series. The curriculum includes 29 teacher lesson plans (divided into 6 units), background information, teaching tips, and assessment tools; student activity sheets and readings.
The Farm to Table & Beyond curriculum is divided into six units: -food science -food manufacturing, packaging and transporting -food processing -environmental impacts -food-related waste -review of previous units
There are a variety of lesson resources, readings, experiments and activities to support each of the lessons and their objectives. Sample class discussions are provided for the educator, and background information on new concepts is provided for both the educator and the student, separately. Student pages are provided, which include basic illustrations, some charts and graphic representations, and some basic recipes. They can keep journals called LiFE Logs, reflecting on what they learned and answering open-ended questions. Student progress can be assessed with completed activity sheets and logs. There is also a pre-assessment (lesson 4) and post-assessment (lesson 30) included.