NOFA Vermont’s Farm to Community Mentors have been expanding agricultural awareness by nurturing relationships between communities and their local farms since 2000. As part of our work, the Farmer Correspondence Program matches classrooms with farmers based on interests and grade levels. Farmer pen-pals correspond with students during the winter and spring, educating them about life and work on the farm.
The Farmer Correspondence Teacher Packet details examples of correspondence and discusses applicable curriculum ideas.
More information: The Farmer Correspondence Program correlates well with both of Vermont’s standards of sustainability and understanding place. Farmers are continually challenged with the sustainability of their business, the environment, climate and community. Students learn an abundant amount of information and details about the surrounding community, heritage of Vermont, and the local environment through the program.