School-Based Programs

  • School Days

    During the school day, students learn hands-on science education in the garden. These programs meets California State Science Standards.
  • After School

    In afterschool programs, students enjoy vibrant lessons in organic gardening, cooking, arts & crafts, and science.
  • Field Trips

    Students from nearby schools and colleges come for field trips to our main school garden at the East Palo Alto Charter School to learn about science, health and food systems.
  • School Gardens

    Our school gardens are magical places for children and adults to enjoy, learn and grow.

Our School-Based Programs have been completed and/or suspended until further strategic planning is complete. Here is an overview of the projects we have worked on to date:

School Day Lessons  Collective Roots contracted with schools to provide science and nutrition education during the school day to students in pre-school through high school. Students learn science concepts, such as life cycles, weather, seasons, botany, chemistry and physiology.  Lessons were based on the California State Science Standards and nutrition science education approved by the California Department of Public Health. We welcome teachers to visit our curriculum library at our office site, and are happy to provide suggestions for curriculum that has worked well for our programs in science, health, nutrition and food systems.

After-school Programs Collective Roots offered after-school programming to kindergarten through high school students at school and community sites. Students in Collective Roots after-school programs participated in all aspects of maintaining an organic garden, organic meal preparation–featuring produce they have grown, and garden related arts, crafts, and science.

Community Service and Field Trip Opportunities In 2011, Collective Roots welcomed nearly 500 community members for service days, educational visits and field trips. These events included school groups from kindergarten through college, corporate service days, community tours and ecumenical groups. Visits included information about the work of Collective Roots, as well as garden-based education and activities.

Fresh Fest is a traveling package of activities, including a 5-week series of cooking/nutrition activities and stand-alone Harvest of the Month programs designed to engage youth in healthy eating, promote physical activity, and to provide nutrition education for students in pre-school through high school.  By implementing activities that promote healthy living, Fresh Fest worked with schools and community partners to prevent the chronic illnesses associated with poor nutrition and childhood obesity.

A Year in Review: Our Success in 2013

In 2013, Collective Roots and our nutrition education subcontractors reached over 11,000 people through our innovative nutrition programs including Cooking Matters, Fresh Fest, the Rethink Your Drink Campaign, and our Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Tasting programs throughout Santa Clara, San … Continue reading

Integrating Programs to Make the Most Impact

Collective Roots is featured on the Edible Schoolyard Blog!  Check it out! At Collective Roots, we seek to promote food justice by engaging youth and communities in garden-based learning and nutrition education to positively impact health. Our programs empower community … Continue reading