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Natasha Mortenson and Mary Jo Forbord

This two part webinar series will introduce participants to IATP's high school level Farm to School Youth Leadership Curriculum. The curriculum is designed to empower youth, teach them about their local food system, engage them in meaningful, hands-on learning activities that also strengthen their school’s Farm to School program and link them directly to farmers in their community. Implementation of the curriculum in a high school setting simultaneously gives students ownership and commitment to their school’s Farm to School program, while reducing the amount of legwork and research required of teachers or food service staff to establish or expand a Farm to School initiative.

By the end of the two part webinar series, participants will learn the definition and benefits of Farm to School, will leave with concrete strategies to start or expand Farm to School in their own community, and will learn how to access IATP's curriculum (available to download free of charge) and other useful resources.

Part 1: Helping students understand their food systems

Part 1 of the webinar series will feature Natasha Mortenson, an agriculture educator based in Morris, MN who has co-developed the curriculum with IATP and has used curriculum activities in her classroom, and Mary Jo Forbord, a farmer at Prairie Horizons grass fed beef farm and a Registered Dietician. They will highlight how Farm to School initiatives help students understand their food system and the benefits they have seen Farm to School have in their community.


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Natasha Mortenson
Morris Area High School Agriculture Teacher and FFA Program Advisor

Mary Jo Forbord
Prairie Horizons Farmer and Registered Dietitian