NCR-SARE recognizes that youth programs are a way to introduce new and exciting farming and ranching options to youth, parents, and community members.
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.
Sustainable Agriculture Resources and Programs for K-12 Youth
This 26-page guide to sustainable agriculture-oriented educational opportunities for schoolchildren features more than 75 programs and curricula nationwide, updated in 2019. Available only online.
Sustainable Ag Poster
A poster depicting the elements of sustainable agriculture.
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.
SARE Library USB Drive
All of SARE’s current publications right at your fingertips.
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.
Sustainable Agriculture Learning Modules for High School Agriculture
Established with the aid of a NCR-SARE Professional Development grant, these Sustainable Agriculture Learning Modules from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln were created to offer insight into what sustainability within agriculture actually looks like.
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.
Soil Health and Nutrient Management for Minority Farmers: a Train-the-Trainer Workshop
With support from SARE, a team of researchers, educators, and producers in Minnesota developed a soil health and cover cropping handbook as a train-the-trainer resource for educators, mentors, and community leaders working with immigrant and minority growers.
Integrating Sustainability Education into the University Pre-Service Elementary Teacher Curriculum through the Use of School Gardens
Developed by Brian Bluhm, this curriculum is intended to provide pre-service elementary school teachers a sustainability learning experience in sustainable agriculture through the use of school gardens.
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.
Arkansas Farm to School Program
A video highlighting Fayetteville Public Schools Farm to School Program in Arkansas.
Farm to School Training Toolkit
Resources for ag educators and community leaders who are starting a farm to school program.
Vermont Food Education Every Day
Includes guides for farmers and food service personnel working to increase local food in schools.
Cooperative Extension Farm to School Resources
Farm to School resources available from ASAP in North Carolina.
Moooooving Forward Together
This case study is a total of 39 graphically designed pages and includes an overview of beef to school in Montana; school, processor, and producer needs; an infographic of the beef lifecycle; an infographic of common beef to school partnerships; demographics of Montana schools, producers, and processors; challenges and opportunities for beef to school in Montana; six comprehensive case studies; vocabulary; references and resources; and cuts of beef infographic.
On-Farm Internship Training Binder
The Placer Ag Futures Project was conceived as a response to critical issues affecting local agricultural sustainability. This project was intended to help grow a new crop of agricultural professionals that are trained in sustainable agricultural practices.
One part of the Ag Futures Project was the on-farm internship training. The summer internship program consisted of an intensive three-day pre-internship training, a training binder and a nine-week rotating internship, working with producers of different commodities. The internship started with a three-day training program developed and delivered by producers and University of California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisors. The training included classroom sessions on the science of production and husbandry practices, as well as hands-on practical training at several of the participating operations. To augment the training, each intern received a binder of materials related to production and husbandry practices for the relevant crops and species, farm safety and other information.