I really enjoy showing the kids that farmers don't always look like old MacDonald. Farming is open to all genders and sizes and it's really cool watching all of the girls pay special attention when I talk about farming as a woman.

Ash Abeyta, Silver Leaf FarmsCorrales, New Mexico

We connect kids with farmers and locally grown produce.

From a farmer's point of view, it's another market to sell your produce, because you can only sell so much at the farmers' market. And from the kids' standpoint, I like that they get to eat some good local food.

Danny Farrar, Rancho La JollaVelarde, New Mexico

In School Classrooms

Local farmers participate in Cooking with Kids classes, sharing their knowledge and passion for growing and eating fruits and vegetables.

In School Cafeterias

Farmers bring freshly harvested produce into school cafeterias for kids to explore and taste a variety of local foods.

In the Community

Cooking with Kids purchases local produce for use in our classroom and cafeteria programs. We also help school cafeterias purchase, prepare, and promote local food.

Connect Kids with Farmers in Your Community

Reach out to your local farmers.

Contact or visit your local farmers’ market to connect with farmers. Invite them to visit a class or get a little information you can share with your students. With permission, take a photo of the farmer with their produce to share as well.

Start the conversation.

Use this NEW Farmer Connections Lesson in conjunction with a farmer visit to your classroom OR use without a farmer present to get kids talking about farmers and local food.

Take a field trip!

Plan a field trip to a local farmers’ market or a farm.