Curricula Info & Ordering


Growing in the Garden

This is our most popular Connecting Learning & Living curriculum.  It includes over forty classroom and after-school program lessons and more than one hundred hands-on activities intended to enhance and increase knowledge of agriculture, natural resources, food and people. These lessons and activities can be modified for any age. Each unit of lessons is organized to progress from easier to more advanced.  Please visit the GITG Scope & Sequence page to review lesson topics.


Growing in the Garden:
Local Foods and Healthy Living

The Growing in the Garden: Local Foods Healthy Living curriculum is for youth gardening programs in schools, afterschool and summer programs, community and neighborhood gardens, farm to school, agriculture in the classroom, nutrition programs, and Master Gardening projects. The seven units are organized to address questions such as Why do people garden? How do you plan, plant, maintain and harvest a garden? How do you store and prepare garden produce? How can you expand your garden all year long? Each unit includes a general background section and two to three lessons that are aligned with the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program priorities as well as the Common Core and Iowa core subject standards for grades K-4 and can be adapted for students in grades fifth through college.


Where We Live: History of the Land

Are you teaching Iowa history? This curriculum will connect the past to the present through fun hands-on activities about rocks, soil, prairies, grains, trees, animals, food sources and how people have learned to live with Iowa’s valuable resources. If you are from Iowa, you really need the entire kit of banners, posters, books, and maps for the complete experience. Curriculum directors and teachers highly approve this curricula as their Iowa History unit. If you are from another Midwestern state, these lessons will apply to you, too. 


Where We Live: Weaving the Food Web

Are you teaching about food chains, energy sources, genetics, food safety, food production and consumption? These lessons weave their way around the food production web starting with the natural resources that are already available and then plants, animals, harvest, processing, distribution, marketing, and you – the consumer. They inspire youth to make more informed decisions and open their eyes to the ways they can be involved in their food and energy supply.  At trainings, you can purchase the entire kit of supplemental posters, banners, cds, videotapes, and books. Please visit the Weaving The Food Web Scope & Sequence page to review lesson topics.


Where We Live: Living with the Land

Youth can work on their critical thinking, decision-making, citizenship stewardship, and communication skills as they discover how people value the land and the methods we use to grow food and protect our natural resources. Four critical agricultural and environmental issues are examined: soil conservation, water quality, pest management, and animal care. This curriculum is used for grades 5 through college. A new energy lesson is being developed to go with this curriculum. At trainings, you can purchase the entire kit of posters, videotapes, and books. Please visit the Living with the Land Scope & Sequence page to review lesson topics.



Food, Land & People: Resources for Learning

FLP is a national curriculum with 55 awesome hands-on lessons that “develop citizens literate about the relationships between agriculture, the environment and human populations.” The lessons are for Pre-K through Grade 12. It is primarily delivered through training. CLL is the Iowa contact. For more information please visit


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