The Definitive Edible Education Curriculum
Unsure if the Edible Learning Lab curriculum is robust enough for your school’s vision of edible education?
The curriculum includes 274 lessons K-12 covering hundreds of concepts, many of which can be explored as micro-lessons.
We built the Edible Learning Lab Curriculum to help students master the fundamental concepts of food production creating a lasting relationship with food and the knowledge to make informed decisions that will affect their lifelong health and wellness.
To promote that mission, our Beginner Lessons focus on the core concepts. Once students have mastered those concepts, they move on to the Intermediate Lessons where they experiment and prove the concepts. Ultimately, students work through the Advanced Lessons to apply those very concepts that they learned and experimented to prove in order to benefit their class, school, and community.
The 2017 Edition of the Edible Learning Lab Program explores the full cycle of food production including:
- Starting plants from seed
- Growing plants in soil-based and hydroponic systems
- Reducing waste and recapturing nutrients with compost and vermiculture systems
- Tending and harvesting crops using practices that foster maximum yields
- Transforming raw produce into nutritious meals with basic kitchen skills
- And ultimately fostering a positive impact on the students and the local community
The Edible Learning Lab Curriculum is supported by articles, videos, podcasts, and teaching aids to help prepare the instructor for each lesson. Just click a Learning Station link on the main menu bar to access the lesson list and supporting resources.
Not sure exactly how the Lab is organized? Don’t understand how it all works?
Our edible education program focuses on 8 Stations, each with a dedicated curriculum.
The Edible Learning Lab is more than a classroom. It’s a place to get your hands dirty, to learn by actually doing. Students learn through success and failure as the natural process of food production unfolds through an integrated system of Learning Stations that include:
- Seed Starting
- Soil Management
- Water Management
- Seed Saving Library
- Teaching Kitchen
Don’t know where to start or how to develop the plan you need to secure funding for garden-based learning?
Modern Steader will guide you through the planning process and develop an actionable Roadmap.
Our Roadmap Development service is designed to provide you with a formalized action plan to move you from concept to classroom. The Roadmap will be instrumental in helping you win internal funding or the greenlight to pursue outside funding for the initial phase of your Edible Learning Lab.
Here are the broad strokes:
- Discovery Call – An initial assessment of internal champions, space, funding, instructors, and green assets.
- Strategy Session – Initial recommendations from the MS Team. Determination of approach: concept lab or full production lab. Drafting of Initial Roadmap framework.
- Champions Presentation – Team meeting to review the draft of the Initial Roadmap and win additional internal champions from key departments. Post presentation follow up call.
- Scope of Project – Development of Initial Space Plan, revenue potential, and estimated costs including equipment, installation, training, and recurring expenses.
- Program Presentation – Formal presentation of the Initial Roadmap to all stakeholders, including the Scope of Project and estimated timeline.
The Roadmap contains all the revenue projections, cost estimates, and equipment inventory you will need to draft and submit a grant request for funding.
The Space Plan
Don’t know how to get the most out of your space or even where to start?
Modern Steader will draft a space plan that maximizes the efficiency of your classroom.
We designed the flagship Edible Learning Lab in Buffalo, WY to fit the space we had available to us. But we recognized that not all programs will have the same space to work with so we designed a few other layouts. These designs might work perfectly for your space and budget or at the very least should provide you with concepts that help you budget for a future Lab.
When you’re ready, our Team will help you maximize the use of the space you have available. Our Space Planning Service allows accurate equipment estimates, maximizes efficient use of space, encourages good traffic flow and user interface, reveals hidden potential within a given space, and makes the space more attractive. Let’s get started on a space plan for your Lab today.
The Equipment and Installation
Not sure what equipment you will need or how to install it?
Modern Steader will order all of your equipment and install it for you.
Modern Steader built the first Edible Learning Lab from the ground up, carefully selecting equipment from a variety of vendors based on first-hand experimentation. We tested hydroponics, planter designs, composting vessels, and even seeds from numerous seed banks. We spent countless hours refining each Station so that it could be replicated with predictable results at any Lab, in any location.
The result is a well defined equipment list for each Station sourced from a short list of vendors that we know and trust. The best part, we will do the equipment orders for you. No need to worry about getting everything you need or what the total cost might be. We will handle it all for you.
The Initial Training
Don’t have anyone on staff that understands the growing process well enough to teach it?
Modern Steader will teach your entire staff how to use the Lab as a classroom and how to maintain the systems.
Once all of your equipment has been delivered, installed, and tested it’s time to learn how to use and manage it. The Modern Steader team will schedule a two-day intensive training session that will be open to any staff that will participate in the management, maintenance, or use of your Edible Learning Lab.
This two-day training session is typically held a few weeks after the installation of equipment to ensure that all systems and processes are operating optimally.
Training is held in the Lab primarily though some topics may be covered in a classroom setting. Here are some of the topics that are covered during the two-day training:
- Exploration of the food production process
- Operating and maintaining the equipment
- Troubleshooting common problems with equipment and plants
- Building killer lesson plans with the Resource Library
- Lesson integration with core standards (STEM, SEL, SCT)
- Single session lesson integration and crossover (how to tie lessons together)
- Harvesting data that you can use
At the conclusion of the two-day training event, your staff will know how to manage the daily operation of the Lab and how to effectively leverage it as a classroom.
The Ongoing Support
What if we need help in the future or if something goes wrong?
Modern Steader will provide ongoing support for as long as you need it.
We built the Edible Learning Lab program around the concept of Teach the Teacher. We’ll teach you what you need to know in order to grow food in your Lab. You synthesize that information with the help of our 274 Lessons and 250+ Supporting Articles to present each lesson in the way that only you can to engage the Students in your program. We’ll teach you so you can teach them.
When you need additional support we’ll be here to help. Our website is packed with guidance including the Teacher’s Lounge forum or you can solicit help directly from the Modern Steader Team when you need it. Our Gold Subscription even includes weekly one-on-one lesson planning calls with Tim Miner, one of Modern Steader’s founders.
Let’s discuss the possibilities