FARM-BASED EDUCATION

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Engaged Eaters

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Tours at the market

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Kids on the farm

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Happy Locavores

Calling all teachers and groups of curious eaters

Our goal is to empower youth to make healthy food choices that will positively impact their long-term health. Knowledge of where food comes from, how crops are grown, why farmers choose to farm and what’s in season, is a powerful tool for teaching good nutrition. What better way to learn than to visit the farm where it was produced and the farmers market where produce is directly sold? Through AIM’s programs, participants see, taste, and learn about their food first-hand.

AIM offers three farm-based education programs:

In the Classroom

AIM STAFF WILL VISIT YOUR CLASSROOM and provide a wonderful opportunity for youth to learn and connect with their food. Hands-on interactive discussions challenge school groups of all ages and size to think and care about where their food comes from. We cover topics such as how food is grown, seasonality, carbon footprints and the difference between shopping at a farmers market and a food store.

Operating Hours:

Year-Round


Ages:

Kindergarten - College


Cost:

FREE


At the Market

TOUR ONE OF AIM’S SEVEN FARMERS MARKETS and meet the farmers, local artisans, bakers and food purveyors. AIM’s guided tour with Mr. Green Jeans, makes for a perfect field trip experience. Students will use their senses as they taste what’s in season. We believe that a day at the farmers market will get everyone excited about making healthy food choices by building a sense of connection to the people who grow our food.

Operating Hours:

Year-Round | (8am-2pm)


Ages:

All Ages


Cost:

FREE


On the Farm

DISCOVER FARM LIFE AND TOUR A LOCAL FARM in the Bay Area. The tours are designed to raise awareness about rural living and to give children and young adults an inside look at what life is really like on the farm. Students tour fields in different growing stages, learn about soil microbes, conduct pond or creek studies, feed sheep, visit baby calves, and explore the natural environment around these organic farms. Through hands-on activities they make connections between the environment, agriculture, and the food they eat.

Farm Descriptions and Locations

Operating Hours:

March - Nov | 10am - 1pm


Ages:

K - 12 Grade, Young Adults


Cost:

$15 per student


Scholarships are also available, please contact Mimi for more information. AIM offers a fee scale based on ability to pay and have scholarships available for schools or community groups serving low-income youth. AIM is dedicated to empowering youth to become active participants in their food system, so please feel free to contact us for more information about scholarships.

APPLICATION

Please fill in the form below to register for one or all three of AIM’s Farm-Based Education Programs. Once we receive your form, we will send an email confirmation with detailed information about your tour.

VOLUNTEER WITH US

AIM is looking for local food enthusiasts interested in volunteering at one of our Farm-Based Education Programs. If you are interested in becoming an AIM volunteer please fill out the volunteer application online or contact Mimi Choudhury.

VOLUNTEER

TESTIMONIALS

“The experience these kids are getting out on the farm is… thrilling, exciting, life-changing, educational and fun!”

-Lisa Hanley, Laurel Dell School teacher

“Tyler Thayer “Mr. Green Jeans” shared with us his story and educated us  about the harmful effects of eating processed food. He believes in the next generation that we will choose the right foods to eat.”

– Byram, Hayward Leadership Public Schools

If you would like AIM to be apart of your local outreach event, such as farm day, sustainability
fair, chamber event, etc. please contact us.

CONTACT US

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The Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM) relies on the generous support of our local communities to carry out our mission to educate the public about  the nutritional and economic benefits of buying locally grown food directly from farmers, and to connect and support communities and agriculture.

We fulfill our mission through a number of initiatives. Each initiative requires a different level of support and commitment though all forms of support, whether big or small, help to ensure our ongoing viability.

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