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LEFDP provides hands-on educational programs for youth, focused on the environmental and nutritional value of local, organic, and sustainable food and farms. Our goal is to reach out to all segments of the diverse, local community.
or five years, LEFDP has been farming and gardening with diverse schools in our area. During the school year, we host visits of local classes from Watsonville, the Pajaro Valley, and surrounding communities to learn about local, organic, sustainable food and nutrition using the farm as a classroom. On the farm, our one-third acre Discovery Garden is an outdoor classroom, set within the greater, 120-acre working farm where our working fields, orchards and animals provide a learning experience that cannot be matched by most school garden programs. Learning about nutrition, food, farms, math, science, history and language arts from a variety of activities on the farm allows young people to exercise their bodies, connect with nature, and develop a "seed-to-fork" understanding of food. We tailor visits to the curriculum of the class, and use lessons that are age-appropriate for the students’ grade level. We use specific curricula to teach about nutrition and food choices and the environement, through lessons designed to meet the California Academic Content Standards. The diverse students who visit Live Earth Farm every year learn about the value of the decisions they make for their health, as well as for their community and for the environment.