The purpose of the Coupeville School Gardens is to support learning, inspire creativity, and promote the health of our students.
Through our programs, from the time they are in kindergarten, students are learning about the uniqueness of their community and are given the education to participate and contribute to its preservation and development.
Who We Are
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works in partnership with Coupeville School District to provide food and farm based education in the classroom, in the garden, and on the farm and support local food procurement for the district’s scratch cooked school lunches.
In the fall and spring, our team brings classes outside to participate in hands-on activities in the elementary school garden and on the school farm. We work in partnership with classroom teachers to design activities that reinforce grade level standards and encourage students to connect concepts they learn in the classroom with what they see in the garden and on the farm.
During the cold and windy Whidbey Island winters, our team meets students in their classrooms to lead cooking classes. We work with small groups to prepare and enjoy foods from cultures around the world that highlight our Harvest of the Month.
We encourage students to be brave eaters and demonstrate food courage when trying new things. We teach students not to “yuck” anyone’s “yum!”
The School Farm is a collaborative partnership between Coupeville School District and Coupeville Farm to School. Since 2021 the farm has produced tons of delicious vegetables for Coupeville students to enjoy in the cafeteria. Students also visit the farm as part of their garden class curriculum and they actively participate in the growing process. Each grade level “adopts a crop” to seed, plant, and harvest for their lunches.
Connecting it all with Connected Foods
At Coupeville Farm to School, we believe learning doesn’t stop when students break for lunch. Our team works alongside Coupeville School District’s Connected Food Program staff to introduce our students to new and exciting local produce in the cafeteria.