Farm to School
HFFA is sending farmers to school! In this program, local farmers visit classrooms in the Headwaters region (Dufferin County and Caledon, Ontario) to explore local foods, our local food system and farming life. Inspired by and seeded from the successful Farmers in the Schools program from Everdale Environmental Learning Centre, the workshops deliver engaging activities for students in kindergarten to grade 6 and include numerous curriculum links, full lesson plans and extension activities, hands-on activity stations, real food experiences and authentic rich tasks. This program is offered for a fee that pays for farmer time, kit supplies and fresh, allergen-free foods that students prepare and take home. Financial support may be available as funding allows.
“I would recommend this workshop 100%! The farmer was amazing! Thanks for coming.”
– Grade 1 teacher, Hyland Heights Elementary School, Shelburne
Local Food Club
Similar to a food box or farm share program, this program invites families to purchase memberships and receive monthly local food packs through a participating school. Packs include a seasonal recipe, local ingredients sourced from the Headwaters region, information about the farmers and the food, nutritional information, tips on handling, cooking and storing the food, and what kids can do to help in the kitchen. Extend the learning to your home and enjoy wholesome local foods together with your family! Check the registration form to see a current list of participating schools.
“My favourite part of this is to look into the bag and see all the great treasures this month! This is a fanastic program for the kids to see the fresh produce and then transform it into a meal.”
– Local Food Club Member, Princess Elizabeth Public School, Orangeville
Family Food Classes
There are cooking classes for adults and cooking classes for kids, but we like to get the whole family in the kitchen together. Our family food classes are touring Headwaters communities. We invite whole families or individuals, all ages and abilities, to come together to learn about, cook and eat local food together. Our facilitators are farmers, chefs and dietitians, providing broad perspectives on the featured foods. Themes focus on seasonal eating and teach food skills that take you beyond the recipe. No two are alike! Read more and find an upcoming family food class near you.
“I think these classes would be a great addition to the community. Our family would love to attend, learn new recipes, try cooking different types of produce. Kids are more open to trying new foods when they get to work with the foods and when the recipes are presented by someone other than their parents.”
– Parent, Family Food Class participant, Orangeville
For more information, to get involved, to help support these projects, contact a Program Coordinator:
Jennifer Payne 506.653.8787
Nicole Hambleton 416.884.8696
The HFFA Farm to School Programs are supported by funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation , TD Friends of the Environment and Headwaters Communities in Action, sponsors, individual donations and ongoing fundraising efforts. They would not be possible without the passion and dedication of countless volunteers, supportive partnerships with organizations like:
The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington
Everdale Environmental Learning Centre
Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health
school boards, individual schools and our growing network of local teachers, farmers, producers and consumers throughout the Headwaters Region.
THANK YOU for loving local food!