Greater Cincinnati Regional Farm to School Partners
OrganizationWebsiteStateCountyCity/NeighborhoodPrograms & Resources OfferedType of ProgramGrade Level(s)
Field TripIn-ClassAfter SchoolSummer
OSU Extension Hamilton County 4-H County 4-H offers in-class programming (e.g., ChickQuest), after-school programming, and summer programming related to agriculture and food systems. Some schools, such as Pleasant Hill Academy (CPS), have a full-time 4-H staff member embedded in the school to provide ongoing support and educational programming. X
OSU Extension Hamilton County EFNEP offers nutrition education classes taught by program assistants, covering nutrition, food safety, physical activity, and (for adults and older kids) food security, budgeting, cooking, etc. Programming is free to schools with 50% FARM eligibility or higher. EFNEP programming includes in-school, after school, and summer enrichment programs.
OSU Extension Clermont County FCS Extension Clermont County's Family and Consumer Sciences division offers SNAP-Ed programming to schools that meet FARM eligibility requirements, as well as programming for high school students on food preparation, healthy eating, and food safety. X
OSU Extension Clermont County Agriculture & Natural Resources can request tailored educational programming on agriculture and natural resources from OSU Extension Clermont County's Agriculture and Natural Resources division. X
OSU Extension Clermont County 4-H County's 4-H programming takes place primarily in a club setting and provides opportunities for self-guided learning projects around gardening, food safety, soil science, etc. Clermont County 4-H also offers in-school programs like ChickQuest and Real Money, Real World, which teaches students about careers in agriculture. XX
UK Extension Campbell County 4-H -Each year the Campbell County Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Program Sponsors an Agriculture Awareness Program that targets 5th grade students. This program, called Grow It, Eat It, Wear It, teaches the students about Beef and Dairy Cows, Horses, Sheep and Wool, Bees and Pollination, Fruits and Vegetables and Aquaculture. X
UK Extension Boone County FCS Extension's Family and Consumer Scienced division in Boone County provides EFNEP and SNAP-Ed programming to schools that meet FARM eligibility requirements.
UK Extension Boone County Agriculture Extension's Agriculture division in Boone County coordinates an annual event called Farm Frenzy for 2nd graders in the county, including 10 stations about where food comes from (from pollination to vegetables to dairy). The Agriculture Agent has also worked with the Boone County Farm Bureau to organize "meet a farmer" days at local schools at teachers' request.X 2
UK Extension Boone County Horticulture Extension's Horticulture division in Boone County provides technical assistance and educational programming for school gardens, with the assistance of master gardeners. XX
UK Extension Kenton County 4-H Extension's 4-H division in Kenton County works with local teachers to provide natural resources educational programming year-round, covering topics such as soil science, how seeds move, plant parts, pollinators, and windowsill gardening. Larger classroom programs include chick incubation and butterflies. The division also provides programming through 4-H clubs and has coordinated field trips to Ed Mar Dairy Farm.
County Agencies
Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District (see also County Recycling and Solid Waste District provides free, in-class programming and field trips for K-12 students that are aligned with OH standards. Composting, food waste prevention, and food as a valuable resource are among the topics covered.Teachers can also find educational resources and ideas at HCRSWD also provides grants and technical assistance for school food waste reduction and composting.XXK-12
Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District offers in-class educational programming on topics related to soil and water conservation, currently limited to one visit per school per year. HCSWCD has also partnered with the Hamilton County Farm Bureau and Gorman Heritage Farm to organize Agriculture Education Day at Gorman Heritage Farm, featuring a variety of farm-based educational activities. X K-12
Boone County Conservation District offers in-class programs and field trips on topics including agriculture, soil and seed growth, environmental science, and composting. Teachers can request tailored programs or select from a menu of existing program options. BCCD also coordinates summer camps for students ages 9-15. BCCD provides grants and technical assistance for school gardens in Boone County and offers internships and scholarships for students pursuing careers in conservation.
Campbell County Conservation District County Conservation District offers educational programming to schools on the environment (soil, trees, wildlife, water) and agriculture. Programming can be tailored to meet teachers' specific needs. CCCD also works with Campbell County High School to support FFA students in fulfilling their SAE requirement through a placement program with local farms. Additionally, CCCD offers Professional Development workshops for educators to become certified in the Project Wet, Project Wild, and Project Learning Tree curriculums. XK-12
Health Departments
Northern KY Health Department or Healthy NKY is a collaborative led by the Northern KY Health Department that provides farm to school training and resources to educators and food service personnel at local school districts. Each year, Eat Healthy NKY coordinates a healthy eating challenge in the spring and a farm to school challenge in the fall to encourage and incentivize schools to incorporate more healthy, local food into their cafeterias and classrooms. K-12
Cincinnati Health Department Cincinnati Health Department is doing work to support farm to early childhood education programs in Cincinnati, with a focus on Evanston, Winton Hills, Spring Grove Village, and the SW Mill Creek corridor. CHD plans to offer training to providers around farm to ECE to help sustain this effort. ECE
Hamilton County Public Health, Kenton, Campbell, Grant-HCPH's WeTHRIVE! initiative provides resources and support to promote wellness in Hamilton County, with 4 components: child care, community, school, and faith. WeTHRIVE! works with schools by supporting the creation of a wellness team, helping the wellness team define their goals, providing tools for assessment and action planning, and connecting schools with resources from partner organizations. K-12
Farms/Parks/Nature Centers
Turner Farm HillTurner Farm offers several types of farm-to-school programming, including summer day camps, cooking classes offered by the Turner Farm teaching kitchen, and community garden programming. Turner Farm also responds to requests from individual schools or teachers for field trips, volunteer opportunities, and other programming.X
Gorman Heritage Farm Heritage Farm offers field trips, in-class programming, and summer camps, as well as programming for scouts. On-site programming at Gorman funs in the fall and spring and covers topics such as farm senses, food sources, and local history. Experiential tours of the farm are offered during the summer, and a literacy program for pre-K students and caregivers is offered in the winter. In-class programming covers topics such as chickens, rabbits, bees and honey, soil/worms/compost, chick hatching, and tower gardens.
Greenacres HillThe agricultural education program at Greenacres offers free farm-based education utilizing the gardens, greenhouse, and Temple Grandin livestock facility at Greenacres. Programs are available for K-12 students, including homeschool students. Programming is offered year-round. Topics covered during the fall include harvesting, turkeys, and changes in the garden. Topics covered in the winter include greenhouses, soil, worm bins, composting, and adaptations. Topics covered during the spring include planting, chicks, and more. XK-12
Tikkun HealthyTikkun Farm offers after-school programming for K-10 students, including homeschool students. Students spend time in the garden with a naturalist and learn about growing food, plant ecology, and cooking. Tikkun also offers a 2-week summer camp that incorporates cooking and gardening components. Tikkun has also hosted science classes for farm-based education programming. XXK-10
Homeadow Song Farm Song Farm is a 4.5 acre homestead that offers educational programming for homeschool students ages 6-16 with a focus on building skills through activities such as sewing, fabric arts, felting, composting, nature journals, planting, harvesting, cooking, processing, natural dying, and flower arranging.
Benton Family Farm Family Farm provides farm-based agriculture education through field trips and summer camps. X XK-12
Honey Hill Farm
Parky's Farm (GPHC) Parks educators offer farm-based education through field trips for pre-K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade students and summer day camps at Parky's Farm.
Nature Center at the Summit (GPHC) HillThe Great Parks Nature Center at the Summit has an indoor center and an outdoor chicken habitat and plans to add raised garden beds, composting, trails, and an archery range. The nature center offers after-school programming as well as in-class programming with Summit Academy on animal habits and adaptations, with plans to expand in-class programming to Roselawn Condon, Woodward, and the YMCA Learning Center.
Dater Montessori Nature Center Dater Montessori Nature Center is located at Dater Montessori (CPS). The nature center is approximately 4 acres and includes a food forest, arboretum, wetland, vegetable garden, greenhouse, and meadow maze. Teachers at Dater use the nature center with their students throughout the year, and Susan VonderHaar facilitates programming one day each month. The nature center also hosts a nature camp during the summer. X Xpre-K-6
Other Partners
Blue Manatee Literacy Project Blue Manatee donates one book to eligible CPS schools for every book purchased. They also coordinate a Personal Advocate for Literacy (PAL) program and a Near Peer program in CPS schools to promote literacy by pairing students with caregivers or older students. X
Brick Gardens Gardens manages a multi-acre indoor and outdoor garden at St. Aloysius (CPS) that includes therapeutic and pollinator gardens. This space serves as an educational resource at St. Aloysius, where farming is integrated into the curriculum.
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy campus greenhouse, teaching kitchen and curriculumXX
Cincinnati Museum Center Cincinnati Museum Center is partnering with La Soupe and Kent State University on a food science education grant and aims to expand on-site and mobile food science education programs in Cincinnati. CMC is developing an on-site teaching kitchen that will host food science education programming. CMC has also coordinated with the Rothenberg Rooftop Garden to implement food science education in CPS. For example, in one lesson, students harvested and prepared food from the garden in 2 ways and used food science to explain the differences.XX
Civic Garden Center Civic Garden Center provides school garden support, professional development opportunities for educators, in-school educational programming, and online resources for students and teachers. The Civic Garden Center also offers field trips and a Summer Sprouts garden camp. XX
Crystal Clear Science Clear Science offers in-school and after-school programming for area schools on a range of science topics including food science. Crystal Clear Science also offers a “Rotten Science” program through HCRSWD. XX
FarmChef the Cooking for the Family program, FarmChef Jamie Stoneham offers a 5-week skills-based cooking program aimed at parents, who are encouraged to bring children age 6+ to the final class. Jamie has also offered programming at Hughes High School for a science class’s project focusing on gardening, farmers markets, cooking, and composting. Jamie used to offer a 12 week eat the rainbow class at St. Francis Seraph School in partnership with the Civic Garden Center, and various programs, including a chef camp, at Gorman Heritage Farm.
Granny's Garden School on the campus of Loveland Elementary, Granny's Garden School contracts with garden educators to offer school garden programming to teachers at the school. Curriculum materials are available free online.
Greater Cincinnati Environmental Educators is an umbrella organization that brings together a wide range of organizations providing environmental education in Greater Cincinnati. GCEE hosts an annual summit to connect area educators with environmental education programming and resources.
Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative brings together educational and community partners to expand STEM educational and career pathways in Greater Cincinnati. GCSC has developed and piloted curriculum resources, including a school garden curriculum, and offers Summer of STEM camps during the summer, along with other collaborative and innovative STE(A)M programs. X XK-12
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful Cincinnati Beautiful offers in-class educational programming on topics including waste reduction, conservation, and composting, among others. Programs align with OH educational standards. KCB also provides financial support to help cover transportation and program fees for field trips.XXK-12
La Soupe Soupe offers cooking classes for all ages, with a focus on Walnut Hills. La Soupe also provides in-school educational programming within CPS through the Cincinnati Gives a Crock program. CGAC is an 8-10 week program that teaches students about knife skills, kitchen safety, and using a crock pot while introducing them to new foods. XX
Mother Nature's Classroom Russell Pennington of Mother Nature’s Classroom provides in-class and after-school programming at JF Burns Elementary, including garden-based education on topics such as planting, harvesting, and ecology. Shannon works with a teacher in each grade level to coordinate lessons, scheduling, etc., and every student at JF Burns participates. XXK-4
Permaganic manages an EcoGarden near Rothenberg Preparatory Academy and coordinates a youth internship program through which participants gain job skills and learn about food systems and environmental sustainability.
Rothenberg Rooftop Garden Rooftop Garden is a non-profit organization that provides an outdoor classroom and school garden programming at Rothenberg Preparatory Academy. Bryna Bass and Julie Singer facilitate educational programming for Rothenberg students that aligns with Ohio standards and integrates multiple subjects across the curriculum. Rothenberg Rooftop Garden also offers after-school programming for students and families. XX K-6
Teach KY Ag KY Ag offers Kentucky-based and standards-aligned agriculture education resources and programs including educational resource kits, mobile science activity centers, and an Agriculture on the Move resource trailer. K-12
Tower Garden --Tower Garden sells aeroponic gardens that can be used indoors or outdoors. Meghan Fronduti provides technical support, coordinates teacher-to-teacher panels, and offers curriculum resources to help teachers in Greater Cincinnati integrate tower gardens into their curriculum. X K-12