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Online Lessons and Curricula to Teach Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education


Online Lessons: Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education

Search the California School Garden Network's Publication Database for free or low-cost GENE curriculum publications. Most of the publications listed are free and all are reviewed by CSGN before being posted.

Edible School has an extensive list of edible education resources submitted by users across the nation and world.


Online Lessons: Nutrition Concepts

General Nutrition Education

  • Games, lessons and resources for kids, parents and educators from the Santa Cruz City Schools at
  • Free resources on nutrition education from USDA's Team Nutrition including storybooks, posters, fact sheets, and activity guides
  • Nutrition Education lessons for integration into core educational content standards, from California Healthy Kids Resource Center

Food Grouping Activities

  • Choose My Plate: USDA's online nutrition resource covering the food groups and key nutrition education messages, includes posters, tip sheets, and activities for teachers
  • Chef Ann's Meal Wheel: poster and visual aid of the food groups and serving sizes from Chef Ann
  • Dairy Council of California: online games, activity books, and educational game available for purchase on physical activity, food groups and serving size resources.

Eat the Colors of the Rainbow: Nutrition Lessons on Eating a Diversity of Fruits and Vegetables


Online Lessons: Edible Activities

Six Plant Parts Lessons


Three Sisters (Corn, Beans and Squash Traditional Planting) Lessons


Math Connections

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