Concord-Carlisle School Faculty and Staff

Calling all teachers, administrators and food service staff! The Farm-Based Education Gathering is a chance to see how agriculture is being integrated into the classroom via math, social studies, writing, and all kinds of project-based learning. For food service staff looking to learn about local sourcing for the school cafeteria, a full day of workshops will be offered in Leominster at the Massachusetts Farm and Sea to School Conference.


Complimentary registration is available for BOTH events this fall. Space is limited for walk-in registration!


The 6th Farm-Based Education National Gathering Concord-Carlisle High School 

November 5-6

Interested faculty/staff should visit the school Prof Development website to request PDP approval. After being approved, we will send you the event registration code. 


The Massachusetts Farm and Sea to School Conference 

Leominster, MA

November 4

Katie Culpepper taught 4th and 5th grades at North Country School, has been our Farm Educator, and is currently our Farm Manager in charge of an intern program, animal production, horticultural production and a recreational riding program. 

Selected Educator Workshops 

November 5 -6 at Concord- Carlisle High School 

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Farm to School 101

Simca Horwitz, Massachusetts Farm to School


Farm to School is a strategy for increasing access to healthy, locally grown food for our most important eaters - kids! Join Simca Horwitz, Eastern Massachusetts Director of Massachusetts Farm to School to learn how Farm to School initiatives benefit kids, farms, families and communities. Topics will include sustainable purchasing relationships between institutions and farms, local food and agriculture education for students, and state, regional and national partnerships that are helping to build momentum and ensure long-term sustainability in the movement. Whether you are a food service professional, a teacher, parent or a farmer, you'll leave this workshop with a broad picture of Farm to School and some nitty gritty tools for building the farm to school momentum in your community.


Simca manages the Massachusetts Farm to School Network and provides procurement assistance and workshops to food service professionals, farmers, food distributors, and community advocates in eastern and southeastern Mass.  Simca has worked in a variety of non-profit organizations in the Boston area that focus on food and agriculture, including three years as a farmer and farm-based educator at a community farm and two years running a shared use community kitchen for culinary entrepreneurs.  She holds an M.S. in Food and Agriculture Policy from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. In her free time she loves making desserts out of vegetables.


Connecting School Gardens to Curriculum

Ava Bynum, Hudson Valley Seed, Beacon, NY


Kids learn best through experience! Hudson Valley Seed Education Director, Nicole Porto will demonstrate how K-5th grade curriculum can be enhanced and taught using a school garden throughout the year. Activities or lessons may include food origins, seasons & life cycles, seed packet investigation and a focus on vegetable of the month. Crossover connections to farm-based education will be made. Participants will leave the workshop with lesson ideas and resources to apply to their programming.


Educator and Community Outreach Coordinator Nicole Porto was turned on to farming through her service learning experiences at small organic farms throughout the world. As she earned her graduate degree in environmental education with the Expedition Education Institute, she explored the role agricultural systems play in the degradation of the natural world and human health. She then decided she would dedicate her career to building sustainable and just food systems. She has gardened and taught with various programs, such as a school garden in Costa Rica, Farm & Wilderness Camp in Vermont, and City Parks Foundation’s Learning Gardens in New York City. Before joining Hudson Valley Seed Nicole ran a small CSA farm in the lower Hudson Valley where she had the opportunity to provide bountiful harvests for her community and hone her skills as a grower. She is passionate about gardening and education.


Exploring Biodiversity in a Sugarbush and Beyond

Christine Ferris-Hubbard, Alessia McCobb, Sarah McIlvennie, Merck Forest and Farmland Center, Rupert, VT


Come explore the biodiversity requirements for a healthy, organic sugarbush, as well as the importance of biodiversity in ecosystems in general with some hands-on activities and games!


Christine Ferris-Hubbard is the education director at Merck Forest and Farmland Center, having previously taught 3rd grade for 10 years.


Creating a Partnership that Benefits Farmer, Teacher and Children

Erin Flynn, New Farm Institute at Green Gate Farms, Austin, TX


Green Gate Farms, a certified organic vegetable farm in Austin, Texas, and Austin Jewish Academy have been partnering since 2013 to bring fifth graders to the farm on Fridays for 10+ consecutive weeks to learn from farmers and area experts about food, health and environmental topics. Students are encouraged to be aware activists as they engage in meaningful work, and connect real-life projects with the curriculum. This workshop will share promising practices gleaned from the teachers and farmers involved in the partnership. Attendees will gather ideas for structuring a program that engages and serves all audiences.


Erin Flynn is the co-founder of Green Gate Farms and New Farm Institute. Agtivist. Writer. Flower Farmer.


High School Student Engagement: Examples & Lessons Learned from 80+ Years of Farm-Based Education

Katie Ross, Hilary Maynard and Pete Stickney, The Putney School, Putney, VT


The Putney School was founded in 1935 as a 9-12 boarding school with a land-use program that includes a dairy farm and vegetable gardens. During this workshop, Putney educators will share how the land-use program has evolved over time. They will also share tools used at the school today which engage students with the farm, demonstrating how the program contributes to both personal and community development. The workshop will include a sample activity, discussion, and time for questions.


Katie Ross is the gardener, farm assistant and a science teacher at the Putney School. She has been involved in farm and environmental ed for over ten years.


Mighty Greens: Exploring Youth Entrepreneurship in the Garden

Rebecca Lemos-Otero, City Blossoms Washington, D.C.


Join City Blossoms to explore their youth-led garden-based entrepreneurship program, Mighty Greens. City Blossoms is an organization dedicated to fostering healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces and innovative resources. They have collaborated to work with two high schools over the past four years to develop a cooperative of young people that uses school gardens and greenhouses as spaces to learn how to care for edible and native plants while growing their business. This workshop will share national case studies and personal experiences, lesson plans, and hands on activities that will help you utilize your space and explore the production and sale of value-added products, produce and seedlings.


Over a decade ago, Rebecca Lemos-Otero was asked to do a small gardening project with a group of kids in a community in Washington DC. From that point on, she grew to see urban gardening as a way to combine her passion for art, community participation, and everything green. In 2009, Rebecca co-founded City Blossoms, an organization dedicated to fostering kid-driven, community-engaging, creative green spaces. Applying their unique brand of gardens, science, art, healthy living, and community building, City Blossoms works in neighborhoods where kids, their families, and neighbors may not otherwise have access to green spaces. Recently City Blossoms won The Great American Gardeners Award from The American Horticultural Society and The Mayor's Sustainability Award from DDOE. Rebecca has dedicated herself to community development with a focus on children and youth of all ages.

Farm to School Programming as a Vehicle for Robust Curriculum Design

Victoria Tamas, MEd from Union Institute and University, Shelburne, VT; Micaela Ryan, New Village Farm, Shelburne, VT


How do you integrate FTS opportunities into a rigorous curriculum plan in this standards-oriented education climate? This workshop will be about curriculum design that lies at the intersection of progressive learning theory, standards-based curriculum, and the mindful creation of learning opportunities for diverse learning styles. The workshop will be part presentation, part interactive demonstration of experiential learning using a farm-toclassroom lesson on sugars in our food. Attendees will be empowered to push past the notion that farm-to-school is "just fun,” and will receive tools for boosting meaningful engagement and learning while satisfying curricular requirements.


Victoria Tamas has an MEd from Union Institute and University (formerly the Vermont College). Her thesis, Farm-to-School Curriculum for Inclusion, was part advocacy, part practical lesson-planning. This topic was inspired by a passionate desire to connect students to the food they eat and the environment they live in an empowering way. But a secondary constituency is the classroom teacher who wants to be empowered to lead meaningful and engaging opportunities without sacrificing rigor. Victoria has two sons and lives in Shelburne, VT, where their farmer neighbors have given their lives a great deal. 


Integrating Composting Systems into School and Camp Programs

John and Katie Culpepper, North Country School / Camp Treetops, Lake Placid, NY


For over 75 years, North Country School and Camp Treetops has been growing tens of thousands of pounds of meat and vegetables with middle school-aged children, and managing their compost with a variety of systems. This workshop will offer suggestions about which composting systems make sense for different locations and feedstocks, and how to integrate your composting into school and camp programs. Presenters will share data on how efficient composting systems can turn food and agricultural wastes into a product for sale, eliminate pest and smell, reduce landfill tipping fees and reduce your carbon footprint.


Katie Culpepper taught 4th and 5th grades at North Country School, has been our Farm Educator, and is currently our Farm Manager in charge of an intern program, animal production, horticultural production and a recreational riding program.  Since 2005, John Culpepper has directed campus operations and maintenance efforts, renovation, new capital construction, and sustainability initiatives for North Country School (NCS), a middle, independent boarding school and summer camp in Lake Placid. Prior to that John ran the farm program for six years.

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