The Agrarian Adventure is a volunteer led grassroots 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by students, teachers, parents and the local community in 2003. Our volunteers work with schools to connect students with food, health, community, and agriculture.
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We need your financial support in order to continue connecting students with their local agricultural community. The Agrarian Adventure is a publicly supported, 501 (c)(3), nonprofit organization. To make a tax-deductible donation, please use the secure PayPal button below or send a check to:
The Agrarian Adventure
P.O. Box 7928
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
The Agrarian Adventure partners with K-12 schools to enrich students’ connection between the foods they eat, their personal health, and the health of their communities and the environment.
Through experiential education in sustainable food and agriculture, local food, and healthy learning in the cafeteria, we connect students to the sources of their food and empower them to transform their lives and food culture in positive ways.
We always need help with tasks around the garden, classroom and office. If you have some time to spend connecting students with healthy food, fill out this form today!
Butternut squash, carrot soup, and crispy kale chips are not part of the typical 7th grade afternoon snack. Since 2004 6th – 8th grade students at Tappan Middle School have met once a week to explore where their food comes from.
Students learn how to plant and harvest greens in the hoop house and schoolyard garden, cook new foods, hear from local food heroes and go on field trips. Graduates have been board members, high school youth mentors, and committed garden volunteers!
$250 will help support school coordination, lesson planning, and materials for 4 weekly club meetings.
Join us! Please become a program sponsor by donating online using the secure PayPal button below.
For more information contact us.
We connect over 850 Ann Arbor K-5 students to the sources of their food by bringing local farmers to classrooms each year. The program helps students eat more fruits and vegetables, and increases their awareness of local agriculture, food, and farms, thanks to generous contributions of local farmers, professional volunteers, and the support of partners of the AAPS Farm-to-School Collaboration.
$250 pays for planning, materials and a stipend for the visiting farmer for a month of weekly visits.
Please become a program sponsor by donating online using the secure PayPal button below.
For more information contact us.
The Tappan Garden & Greenhouse relies on a number of community caretakers for water, weeding, and many other kinds of love, especially over the summer.
Beginning each May, one evening a week volunteers meet to weed the garden between 6:00 p.m. until sunset. Tappan parents and students, Burns Park neighbors, and other community members are welcome to join us. No experience required. Bring a sun hat! We have plenty of tools. Find out more on the Tappan Middle School PTSO Facebook site.
Support the Garden/Share the Harvest
From mid-June to September experienced volunteers will provide support and tools to families interested in helping care for the garden over the summer. When you sign up for one or two weeks we’ll pair you with another family. Share the joy of working outdoors and enjoy the bounty of this wonderful productive school garden.
Would you and your business like to help connect local youth with the food they eat, their personal health, and the health of their communities and the environment?
Food system change begins with children. Businesses who join our Edible Education Sponsorship with receive recognition on Facebook as well a certificate from The Agrarian Adventure.
Whether you are sponsoring one month for $250 or one year for $3000, we truly appreciate your gift.
Download the Business Sponsorship Form and mail it in.
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- Large, re-useable storage containers
- Eco-friendly cleaning supplies (such as dish and hand soap)
- Seeds (preferably organic, from Ann Arbor Seed Co or Nature & Nurture, or seeds saved from your own garden!)
If you would like to donate any of these items to The Agrarian Adventure, please contact us.
If you are a farmer, chef, or local food artisan passionate about spreading the good food word, consider becoming one of our Farmer in the Classroom visitors! Previous teaching experience is not a prerequisite – just a genuine knowledge of sustainable food production and an interest in teaching what you know to others.
Our team can help guide you through the process of visiting a classroom, including providing logistical and lesson-planning support.
If you are interested in learning more about visiting one of our host classrooms, please fill out this survey:
Farmer in the Classroom Interest Survey
Based on your level of interest and availability indicated in the survey, our team will contact you to provide you more information or to schedule your classroom visit!
If you are a classroom teacher interested in having a farmer come visit your classroom, please fill out a survey so that our team can help match you up with a farmer!