From Mara Flanagan at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills (stonebarnscenter.org):
Stone Barns Partners with Whole Foods Market to
Offer Professional Development for Teachers
Twenty-two K-12 teachers selected through the Stone Barns Center/Whole Foods Market “Nominate Your Teacher” campaign will spend a day at Stone Barns this summer learning about sustainable food and farms. Stone Barns Center’s professional development programs focus on helping teachers expand their knowledge of sustainable farming and incorporate food and agriculture into their classroom lessons.
During their day at Stone Barns, teachers will explore the following questions:
• Where does our food really come from?
• How does what we choose to eat affect our health, our communities, and the environment?
• How do we begin to teach children to become thoughtful food consumers?
Components of the professional development day include:
• An in-depth tour of the farm at Stone Barns
• Hands-on seasonal farm chores
• Conversations with Stone Barns farmers
• Harvest and preparation of a simple, seasonal farm-to-table lunch
• An opportunity to share resources and activities to take back to the classroom
Teacher nominations are being accepted through April 1, 2011 at participating Whole Foods Market stores in New York (New York City, Long Island and White Plains), New Jersey (Madison, Millburn-Union, Middletown, Ridgewood, Paramus, Edgewater, Montclair and West Orange) and Southeastern Connecticut (Greenwich, Darien, Westport and Milford).
The names of teachers selected will be announced by April 15, 2011. To nominate a teacher, please visit: http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/whiteplains/ or http://www.stonebarnscenter.org/our-work/childrens-education/teacher-training/
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a non-profit farm and education center located 25 miles north of Manhattan in Pocantico Hills, New York. Stone Barns operates an 80-acre four-season farm and is working on broader initiatives to create a healthy and sustainable food system. Through our Growing Farmers Initiative, children’s education programs, and diverse public awareness programs, we aim to improve the way America eats and farms. Stone Barns is open to the public year-round, Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. To learn more, visit www.stonebarnscenter.org or facebook.com/stonebarns.
About Whole Foods Market® Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFMI), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s nearly 60,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 14 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2010, the company had sales of more than $9 billion and currently has more than 300 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.