The Collaborative is leading a campaign to ensure that all students in grades K – 12 have access to food system education in school so they can learn about agriculture, nutrition, food justice, and culinary skills. Currently, students throughout the state are learning about the food system in science, social studies class, wellness, culinary arts, horticulture class and others, as well as in the cafeteria, school garden, and the community. But not every student in Massachusetts has access to high-quality education about the food system. Because food literacy is not included in most state frameworks or tested on the MCAS, it can be challenging to include these concepts in the curriculum.
Over the past year, the Collaborative conducted dozens of interviews with key stakeholders in Massachusetts and beyond. Based on these interviews, we have written a report with case studies of great food system education as well as recommendations for how everyone can work to ensure all students learn about the food system. Hopefully this report will inspire decision makers throughout the state to provide the support needed to implement food literacy statewide.
Learn more about the first stages of this work in our white paper on the issue.
See the full report, Food Literacy in Massachusetts: Local Successes, Statewide Opportunities.
Read the Executive Summary.
Review the Recommendations for Massachusetts.
Join the Coalition to Expand Food System Literacy
The Collaborative is now pulling together a coalition of teachers, nonprofit educators, school administrators, parents, students, and community members who will work to expand food system education. The coalition will identify key recommendations that resonate most with the group and advocate for actions to bring forward those recommendations.
Sign up here to join the Coalition to Expand Food System Literacy. You will receive updates about the project as well as invitations to join upcoming meetings.
For more information on the report or the coalition, please reach out to Brittany Peats at email@example.com. We are more than happy to present about the report and the campaign to expand food system education for your organization or conference.