Food Systems Education

The Food for Thought program fosters connections between humans, our food and our environment throughout The Ecology School programs. Food for Thought helps students make the links between the food they eat, how it’s grown, and current health issues such as obesity. Students leave with the knowledge and inspiration to be healthier, more community-oriented, and sustainable in their eating habits. Throughout our Overnight programs, Food for Thought is addressed in three areas: The Dining Hall, the Garden, and the Compost.

Dining Hall

We foster community over home cooked, healthy family style meals in The Ecology School Dining Hall. Students, teachers and staff sit together and share conversation while learning about food and ecological systems through fun and engaging skits and songs.



Everyone should have a hands-on opportunity to learn about growing food. Students at The Ecology School connect the study of field ecology and surrounding ecosystems to the garden through permaculture, a design system that increases resiliency and ecological health while providing for needs of humans.



Nature has no waste- and compost is one way humans can apply this concept to a food system. Here at The Ecology School, students and their teachers see the power of decomposition first hand as food waste from the dining hall is broken down into nutrient rich compost that is then used to grow more food in the garden.

For more information about our Food For Thought program, please email Amalie Sonneborn at AmalieATTheEcologySchoolDOTorg.