Youth and Sustainable Agriculture

This Youth Educator Topic Room is SARE’s one-stop shop for free sustainable agriculture educational resources—the results of 25 years of SARE-funded research—for youth and youth educators. 

Also, NCR-SARE’s Youth Educator grants provide opportunities for youth to learn about sustainable agriculture (farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, profitable, and socially responsible). Youth Educator grants support projects by youth educators in the North Central region that encourage youth to try sustainable practices and explore sustainable agriculture as a viable career option.

Youth Educator Resources

The programs, curricula, and learning modules listed below can be used for educational programming and planning for youth.

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What is Sustainable Agriculture?

This award-winning report provides a sampler of best practices in sustainable agriculture—from marketing and community vitality to cover crops and grazing—as well as eight profiles of producers, educators and researchers who have successfully implemented them.

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Youth Renewing the Countryside

This full-color book profiles 50 inspiring young people—one from every state—who are revitalizing rural America with new enterprises.

Youth Educator Grant Fact Sheet

The North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) recognizes that youth programs are a way to introduce new and exciting farming and ranching options to youth, parents, and community members. Youth Educator grants support projects by youth educators that encourage youth to try sustainable practices and explore sustainable agriculture as a viable career option.

Youth Coloring Sheet

This coloring sheet helps youth learn how sustainable producers can contribute to a healthy environment, make a good living, and grow a strong and healthy community of caring people.


Internship Curriculum for Food Farmers

With the help of an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant, three farmers worked with interns to develop 26 educational power point modules as part of a comprehensive intern educational program. The internship curriculum is useful for small farmers to use on their own to educate themselves and to provide a rich experience for interns.  


Edible Avalon Curriculum

This summer program curriculum teaches youth about local food systems and sustainable agriculture.  

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Youth Educator Videos

This collection of videos features SARE grantees sharing information about the work that they’ve done as youth educators.


Towards a Sustainable Agriculture: A Curriculum for High School Classes

This free high-school curriculum addresses the social, environmental and economic impacts of agriculture. The curriculum provides a critical analysis of agricultural and food systems, and helps students understand new concepts through hands-on examples. The curriculum includes six modules, designed to be incorporated into existing classes.