Seven Generations Ahead Announces Teacher Training Connecting Kids with Fresh, Healthy Foods

March 08, 2010 | Written By:

Today we're featuring a special guest blog from our friends at Seven Generations Ahead, a Chicago-area nonprofit organization.


By Courtney Woods

Over the past 40 years, obesity rates amongst children have quadrupled, and children report eating fewer fresh fruits and vegetables than ever before. In a culture where children know more about fast food than about where their food comes from, educators need effective curriculum and strategies to change eating habits among school children.

To reconnect students with healthy eating and the source of their food, Seven Generations Ahead serves Chicago-area schools with its Fresh from the Farm program, one of a growing number of farm-to-school programs across the country. Fresh from the Farm educates children about the connection between caring for the earth and caring for a healthy body, using engaging lessons, food tastings and trips to local farms. Today we're excited to announce that we'll be holding a teacher training to bring this curriculum into classrooms across the Chicago area!

During our four-part workshop series, teachers will explore a local farm, receive resources for creating a school garden, observe the curriculum in action, and learn from experienced garden and wellness educators.  After completing the workshop series, participants will be certified to teach the Fresh from the Farm curriculum in their own school, community organization or educational environment.

Training begins March 22. Participants are able to choose between multiple dates for each session. All are welcome to participate! Please spread the word widely, as we're hoping to equip as many teachers and community members as possible with the tools to teach about healthy, local foods. For more information, dates, and pricing, please email me, Courtney Woods, at

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Courtney Woods is an educator at Seven Generations Ahead.

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