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Farmstand Business Curriculum



The Farmstand Business curriculum empowers school communities to take a meaningful look at our food system, to evaluate the growing capacity at their individual schools, and examines the model GrowNYC has used for over 50 years to support food access in New York City. It allows your school to reach beyond the perimeter of your school garden and onto plates in your communities, while allowing your students to learn real-world business skills.

During the pandemic, schools in all five boroughs reached out to us about growing food for their communities in their school gardens. Food insecurity in New York City is not unique to the pandemic. It is a pervasive issue that existed before the pandemic and without meaningful change, will persist after. 

Urban agriculture does not require advanced degrees. It values learned experience. One goal for the Farmstand Business curriculum is that it will launch green career opportunities for students. Following the curriculum, students may be interested in applying to GrowNYC's Workforce Development Program.

Optional pre-requisite Food Justice curriculum can be found for free here.

The Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to be taught as individual units or as a whole. Click on each image below to be taken to the PDF of curriculum Units One and Two. Check out the Facilitator's Guide and School Farmstand Manual for more detailed instructions on how to use the curriculum and create a farmstand. 

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Accompanying Powerpoints

Unit One: Lessons 1 - 8

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Unit Two: Lessons 9 - 12

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Contact Info

For questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the School Gardens team:


Completed the curriculum? We'd love your feedback! 

Click here to fill out our completion survey. 

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