Get Educated

Education is at the heart of all we do, and we strive to leverage all aspects of the farm as an educational tool. In addition to our volunteer opportunities, we also offer a variety of formal education opportunities specifically for youth: field trips, service learning, farm clubs, youth crews, and summer employment.

Real Food Farm offers Baltimore-area teachers and students lots of ways to interact with the farm. We welcome school groups across the Baltimore region for field trip and service learning opportunities, providing a chance for hands on learning. We also host workshops and educational programs related to farming to aid those of all ages interested in urban farming.

For Students

Youth Crew

Our Youth Crew is a paid, year-long internship for 11th and 12th grade students in the Lake Clifton area. Our current partner schools are REACH! Partnership, Heritage High School, City Neighbors, City College High School, and Independence. We anticipate we’ll have 10 intern slots available each year. If you’re ready to get your hands dirty, we encourage you to apply!

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Farm Club

Farm Club is an after school program for elementary or middle school students. Farm Clubs meet once a week at REACH! Partnership middle school (fall and spring) and Goodnow Community Center (year-round).  Students have the opportunity to cultivate their own garden plots and participate in activities related to farming, food, and nutrition.

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Youth Jobs

Real Food Farm offers a paid jobs for Baltimore students during the summer, fall and spring semesters. Check out our youth jobs page for more details about each program.

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For Educators

Field Trips

We offer a one- to two-hour outdoor educational program to pre-K through 12th grade students, college students, and adults that includes a farm tour, food sampling, and an age-appropriate work project.

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Farm Lab

This is an opportunity for teachers to use Real Food Farm as an outdoor classroom. Farm Lab projects take place during class time over the course of multiple days or weeks. Real Food Farm’s Education Coordinator collaborates with educators to develop lessons based on their existing curriculum so that it meets the standards and goals of the class.

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Resources for Educators

We have an extensive list of resources that include professional organizations and networks, curriculum and teaching resources, grants, Baltimore area internships and summer employment, and
national youth agriculture and food system education programs.

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For Everyone

Service Learning

Real Food Farm welcomes groups of up to 25 for service learning projects at the farm. Service learning projects are 3 hours long and include an orientation and tour of the farm.

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Workshops

Working in collaboration with other programs, Real Food Farm is proud to provide opportunities for the community to get educated. A variety of workshops are held throughout the year focused on different topics for farmers.

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Volunteer Education Docents

Are you interested in supporting youth as they explore the food system?  We’d love your help!  Education Docents help with Real Food Farm’s two-hour field trips, engaging pre-schoolers to college students in tours of the farm.  Field trips are generally scheduled for mornings (9-11 am) or afternoons (1-3 pm) on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, although this can vary depending on the group’s availability.  As a docent, you’ll receive training on all tour stops around the farm and be added to an outreach list of people willing to commit to helping with upcoming field trips; docents are asked to assist with at least one field trip per month.  Note that all adults working with youth at Real Food Farm must undergo background checks. Please contact rffeducation@civicworks.com for more details.