At The Farm

Located in Pocantico Hills, NY, Stone Barns is a laboratory for learning and catalyzing a culture of informed, healthy eating.

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Teaching & Learning

By educating people about food and farming, we're encouraging the food citizens of tomorrow to make healthier life choices for themselves and the planet.

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About Us

We are working to develop a culture of eating based on what farms need to grow to build healthy soil and a resilient ecosystem.

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Teacher Training Program

Food Ed. Teacher Institute

Join us for a four-day professional development workshop to be trained on teaching Food Ed., our food studies course for high school students. Food Ed. is an interdisciplinary course which empowers students to understand the complexity of our contemporary food system—in order to change it. The curriculum’s interactive lessons explore food’s relationship to culture, the environment and power, integrating science, ELA, and social studies learning.

The four-day Summer Teacher Institute sessions, which include hands-on workshops and seminars, will be held at Stone Barns Center on:

Tuesday, July 9 – Friday, July 12 
Tuesday, July 16 – Friday July 19

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frequently asked questions

What is Food Ed.?
Food Ed. is a unique semester- or year-long course that empowers high school students to decipher the complexity of the food system—in order to change it. The curriculum’s interactive lessons explore food and its relationship to culture, the environment and power. It asks why food is meaningful, how food mediates our relationship to nature and the role that food plays in shaping inequality. Each lesson includes a Kitchen Lab extension that transforms the classroom in a hands-on exploration of farm-driven cuisine. Students prepare dishes that are grounded in the curriculum’s key themes and learn to connect the choices they make as eaters to the challenges—and possibilities—of food-system change.

What is the Food Ed. Teacher Institute?
The Food Ed. Teacher Institute combines discussions, teaching practice, tours, and hands-on learning activities—all in service of preparing you to pilot your very own Food Ed. classroom. The Food Ed. Teacher Institute is free of cost. Stone Barns Center will provide:

  • Travel to and from your local airport to Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills, NY (reimbursement up to $600)
  • Lodging at a nearby hotel, transportation between the hotel and the farm, daily meals during the program, and a per diem for dinner (reimbursement up to $100)
  • Training in Food Ed., Stone Barns Center’s food studies curriculum for high school students
  • A year of coaching by Stone Barns Center educators

Teachers who complete the Food Ed. Teacher Institute are also eligible for a Kitchen Lab equipment grant, a kit with everything you need to transform your classroom into a teaching kitchen (with a value up to $2500).

Who is eligible to apply?
High school teachers who:

  • Are appointed to full-time classroom teaching in the 2019-2020 school year
  • Specialize in science, social studies, ELA, FACS, or culinary arts
  • Are interested in piloting Food Ed. as a new course at their school

I am a K-8 teacher. Should I apply to the Food Ed. Summer Teacher Institute?

The Food Ed. Summer Teacher Institute is not a good fit for K-8 teachers. The Teacher Institute trains teachers to deliver Food Ed., which is a high school curriculum. We welcome teachers at lower grade levels to adapt our lessons for K-8 learning, but our focus is exclusively on high school education. You can learn more here, and explore some of the existing resources for K-8 learning.

How do I apply?
Apply online here by Friday, May 3. (Notifications will be sent by May 11.)

Know Someone Who Would Make an Amazing Food Ed. Teacher?
If a teacher you refer attends the Food Ed. Teacher Institute, we will send you a $50 Amazon Gift Card and a special gift from the Stone Barns Center Farm Store. Just make sure the applicant mentions your name in their application.

Can I teach Food Ed. even if I don’t attend the Teacher Institute?
Yes! We are building a national community of high school teachers dedicated to teaching food in a complex way. If you are interested in teaching Food Ed., please contact Lindsey Dayton, Senior Manager of Food Ed., at lindseyd@stonebarnscenter.org. We would love to hear about your plans and learn how we can support your work!


This program is made possible by generous support from Unilever. Guided by the “Unilever Sustainable Living Plan”, Unilever is committed to food that tastes good, does good, and doesn’t cost the earth.