Whole foods + Stone Barns

Two of my Favorite food spots Whole Foods and Stone Barns have teamed up for a great experience.

Nominate A Teacher to Spend a Day at Stone Barns!


Lily goes to most Stone Barns activities and we frequent the lunch cafe all year long. Matt and I have been to the restaurant a few times and absolutely LOOOVE it!  Read my post about our saturday afternoon picking eggs over at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills —> here!

Lily’s school is in the process of creating a school community garden. So imagine my excitement when I found out about the Teacher Development Program  at Stone Barns Center for Agriculture in nearby Pocantico Hills – a non-profit farm and educational center which also boasts one of the country finest restaurants.  In September 2010,  First Lady Michelle Obama toured the farm with spouses of Chiefs of State and Heads of Government participating in the United Nations General Assembly.

Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills has teamed up with Whole Foods to bring K-12 teachers to the farm for a one day Teacher Development Program to help expand knowledge of sustainable farming and farm to table agriculture. Teachers will get an in-depth tour of the farm at Stone Barns and have one on one conversations with Stone Barns farmers and an opportunity to share resources and activities to bring back to their classrooms.

This program is part a broad range of Teacher Development Programs at Stone Barns. This year Stone Barns Center will offer 22 teachers selected through the Stone Barns Center/Whole Foods Market “Nominate Your Teacher” campaign to spend a day at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills learning about how the Center raises crops and animals that best suit the region without any synthetic pesticides or fertilizers in addition to an in depth tour of the farm as well as seasonal Farm- to-table lunch.

They will spend the day learning about:

  • Where the food comes from?
  • How to teach children to become thoughtful consumers?
  • Identifying what we choose to eat and the effects it has on our health and environment and communities.

To nominate your teacher, submit an application at a participating Whole Foods no later than April 1, 2011. For more information and a list of participating stores, please click here.

To nominate a teacher follow this link – http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/whiteplains/files/2011/02/stone-barns-revised-application.pdf

The teacher development program will take place on July 19, 2011 from 9:30 AM to 2:30PM at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, New York.

The press release sent to me by Stone Barns listed the following information about the instructors:

Judy Fink, Education Programs Director, founded and developed programs for students, teachers and campers at Stone Barns. Since 2004, Stone Barns has reached more than 40,000 children with unique, hands-on education programs. Prior to coming to Stone Barns, Judy taught elementary school for 18 years and also coordinated curriculum and staff development at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES.

Barbara Fox, Education Programs Manager, has been designing and teaching school programs at Stone Barns for three years. She also coordinates volunteers for Stone Barns. Barbara has an MBA in Finance and a Certificate in Horticulture from the New York Botanical Gardens.