6-8 Program

Teaching STEM Through Agriculture

Farming The Future’s middle school curriculum packages are designed to engage students in several STEM fields by using agriculture as the thread to connect engineering concepts, physics, chemistry, biology, and earth/space sciences. 

Add a school garden, greenhouse, or aquaponics system to deepen your students’ passions for STEM. Farming The Future offers:

  • Indoor and outdoor options
  • NGSS aligned activities
  • All growing materials included

Full Year Options

NGSS

Customizable

Why choose a Farming the Future curriculum:

Farming The Future’s middle school curriculum options provide the following benefits:

what you get

Why we do this:

Farming the Future believes that agriculture is one of the most truly enriching fields for learning. Seeing plants grow from seed to their edible end product is a wonderful and empowering experience for students. Agriculture teaches science by connecting with chemistry, physics, biology and engineering in units that go far beyond just planting seeds. 



School gardens have been proven to affect change in a wide variety of fields including overall student health. Integrating gardens with core STEM concepts and comprehensive lessons has the potential to improve both academic achievement and social emotional learning. Studies have shown that including gardens in the learning environment supports:

  • Enhanced overall academic achievement in K-12 settings, including grades and test scores.
  • Increases in school engagement and positive attitudes about school and learning.
  • Improved knowledge, attitudes and behaviors regarding food literacy, nutrition, healthy behaviors, as well as fruit and vegetable consumption among faculty and learners.
    • When schools offer gardens, 44.2 percent of students are found to eat more fruits and vegetables.
    • Gardens have the potential to minimize diet-related diseases in childhood, such as obesity and diabetes, through the promotion of eating fresh fruits and vegetables, specifically for high-risk, low-income students.
    • Increased physical activity during the school day.
    • A demonstrated willingness to try new foods and healthier options in both early childhood and K-12 age groups.
  • Providing children with opportunities for social and emotional growth; improved life skills, self-esteem, social skills and behavior.

Unit Options:

Distance Learning Program

Farming The Future’s DLP is a flagship program consisting of a digital platform for an entire year’s curriculum. The curriculum includes biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and earth/space science all connected to agriculture through activities and experiments that can be done in the classroom or at home with all student materials included. The DLP gives online access for students, teachers & administrators to lessons created by world class experts and educators. Contains weekly assessments and support for teachers including digital gradebook and online tech support. Contains multiple optional modifications for a variety of learning difficulties.

Tabletop Learning Laboratory

The Tabletop Learning Laboratory provides students an opportunity to grow microgreens at their tables that will allow them to experiment on the needs of plants, the properties of light, natural diversity, and many other topics. The unit covers 15 NGSS standards in physical science, life science, and engineering.

Raised Garden Unit

The Raised Garden program is designed to get learners growing outside the classroom. Integrating 11 NGSS standards in a STEM enrichment curriculum with everything you need to grow a successful school garden in a compact space. Turn any 10’ x 10’ space into a growing outdoor classroom as a standalone garden or as part of a larger existing school garden.

Grow Bag Labs

The Grow Bag Labs give students the opportunity to grow various different sets of plants that will end up as a product that the student can enjoy. Choose between the salsa, pesto, or tea grow bags to have the materials needed to learn agriculture while growing to enjoy these edible treats. Or choose the pollinator grow bag to be able to transfer these greens into the gardens and bring colorful insects into your garden.

Ultimate Microgreens Kit

Welcome to the wonderful world of growing your own delicious, nutritious, and beautiful microgreens. Growing microgreen is a great way to add extra flavor as well as vitamins  and minerals to your meals. Students will love growing them too as they learn the basic principles of agriculture in small indoor gardens that will yield delicious and nutritious crops.

Tara Laidlaw

Associate Director of Curriculum

who will guide you

Associate Director of Curriculum

Tara is an instructional designer and teacher trainer.She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropological Sciences from Stanford University and a master’s degree in Natural Science and Environmental Education from Hamline University.

Enhanced overall academic achievement in K-12 settings, including grades and test scores.

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