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THE SNAC PROGRAM

What is the best method for teaching families about good food?

Teachers and the Program Director for SNAC have found that experience is the best teacher…

The SNAC Program introduces children to planting and harvesting healthy foods through the SNAC curriculum. Preparing the food at PTO events teaches the families of the children about healthy foods and nutrition. The SNAC program gives children and their families first hand experience with wholesome foods through the SNAC Greenhouse
and School Garden.

The SNAC Program provides innovative nutrition lesson through hands-on experience. Garden based lesson plans are provided by the SNAC program director and volunteers. The SNAC curriculum is designed so that garden activities coordinate with the core competencies being covered in the classroom. The SNAC Garden is designed to engage children, parents and community members in lessons on nutrition through the experience of participating in the process of growing, preparing, and cooking wholesome food. Studies have shown that students exposed to fruits and vegetables through a school garden are much more likely to incorporate them into their eating habits later in life.

SNAC (School Nutrition Agri-Culture) aspires to serve as a regional support network for school communities desiring to transforming their schoolyards into vibrant outdoor classrooms and thriving ecosystems where children and families can get a first-hand experience in growing wholesome food.


Project Updates


SNAC Spring 2016

Our next dates for SNAC Program are set for Spring 2016!

  • April 22
  • April 29
  • May 6
  • May 13
  • May 20
  • May 27
  • June 3

Our work dates have been set for the following:

What: SNAC Garden SPRING WORK DAY

Who: Anyone who has an interest in helping!

When: Friday April 22nd 9:00 am to 2:30 pm EARTH DAY!

Where: Meet behind the school in the Garden. Please contact Dr. Kim at kfurtado@edendelmarva.org if you would like to volunteer!

Looking forward to another great semester!

Volunteers are welcome!

Do you want to be a part of teaching kids about healthy, wholesome food?  We would love your help during our scheduled Garden Days at Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA) in Selbyville Delaware. Please feel free to contact us at kfurtado@edendelmarva.org to learn more!

Archived Updates

- Fall 2015

- 2014 - Spring 2015

- Fall 2013

- April 2012

- Spring 2011
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- Summer 2011
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- Fall 2011

- Winter 2011

- Grades 1-4 Activities 2011-2012

- Grades 5-8 Activities 2011-2012

- February 2012 Newsletter: Sharing Stories from the SNAC Garden
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- Spring 2012
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- Fall 2012- Spring 2013
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Project Purpose

The SNAC Program seeks to improve children’s health through hands on nutrition education and the experience of fresh whole foods from the school garden. The SNAC Program benefits children by improving their relationship to local and fresh foods, enhancing community wide involvement in feeding our children, while also engaging multiple math, science, social studies, and other skills learned through experience in the SNAC Garden. The EDEN Project installed the first SNAC Garden and Greenhouse at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA), a public K-8 school in Sussex County Delaware in the summer of 2011. Grades 1-8 are now utilizing the outdoor classroom at the SNAC Garden and Greenhouse frequently throughout the school year.

Chief components of SNAC include lessons on environmental stewardship, science, math, and language arts, which correspond with each grade’s core curriculum activities within the classroom. The students, many of whom helped with the garden installation and everyday maintenance of the gardens, learn about the preparation of wholesome salads and snacks, during some SNAC Garden Days lessons.

The SNAC Garden serves as an outdoor classroom and source of wholesome food. The SNAC Garden includes two outdoor classroom areas, a greenhouse, several raised beds, and spaces with a “habitat-based approach, including a woodland area, composting bins, and rain barrels. During the school year, the SNAC Program Director, Dr. Kim Furtado along with students and volunteers, including parents, assure that the garden continues to flourish.

Activities of 2012 through Current 2014 Semester

  • Program Director led the Garden Days with support of parent volunteers and teachers.
  • Children experienced full life span of many garden vegetables, including seed saving activities.
  • Each school lesson included work toward the care of the plants leading to the harvest and production of food.   Salads made by students from the harvest of vegetables were either eaten during the school lesson period or were brought home by students to share with their families.
  • Sixth graders organized and planned a spring seedling sale for a PTO event. The preparation incorporated math, business planning and cost analysis exercises.
  • Summer volunteers maintained garden beds and replanted the 19 raised beds, so that by September, all beds were full of fall weather crops which students tend, harvested and enjoyed.
  • Garden Days for the school year 2012 to 2013, and fall 2013 were held once a week.
  • Ongoing 2014 Garden Days will be held every Friday for a full day of lessons in the SNAC Garden.  We alternate on a weekly basis throughout the year.  For one session, the Program Director teaches grades 1 to 4 on that day’s schedule, and the following week the Program Director teaches grades 5 to 8 in the garden.
  • The Program Director coordinates with Teachers so that lessons directly apply to science, math or language arts as core curricula class work.

Upon additional funding, The SNAC Program will seek to:

  • Further refine the SNAC math/science integrated curriculum to reinforce food and nutrition based learning throughout the school environment.  The State of Delaware has newly adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, fall of 2013.  SNAC will collaborate with Teachers and curriculum experts to adjust lesson plans to continue to coordinate with the State curriculum requirements.
  • As a result of the next two years of curriculum integration, SNAC will produce, in collaboration with the DE Department of Education, a published resource which will provide a structured content for garden based learning in Delaware.  SNAC strives to serve as a regional support organization for expansion to other schools in districts.  Our goal, using this garden-based curriculum as the primary tool, is to replicate and expand the SNAC Program to other schools.
  • At our new additional schools SNAC will conduct pre- and post-surveys/satisfaction (teachers/parents/youth).
  • Using its current business model for implementation, SNAC will create new experiential learning opportunities to stimulate increased nutritional education for parents and teachers; to assist families in making sound choices for eating wholesome foods.
  • SNAC will continue to work with the food services department to create opportunities for garden harvest to be available on select days in the cafeteria’s salad bar, which we will re-name the SNAC Salad Bar.
  • SNAC will collaborate with local growers to provide Farm to School purchase agreements for salad greens for times of lower production from our beds, for daily supply year round as best as possible.
  • SNAC will collaborate with food services director(s) to implement the “Principals of Economics: Smarter Lunch Rooms” guidelines, such as coordinating placement in line, descriptive words, and server prompts used with fruits and vegetables, including the SNAC Salad Bar.
  • SNAC will seek funding to utilize available professional training through National Teachers’ Institute for Garden Based Learning and others to offer Teachers and volunteers valuable training workshops.
What are the program goals?
  • To integrate science, math, social studies, language arts and other current state standards into an experiential outdoor classroom, The SNAC Garden.
  • To enhance children’s relationship to wholesome food through hands on learning process.
  • To improve children’s health through an improved understanding of wholesome, fresh food.
There are three areas of concentration in the continuation of this exciting program: Obesity, Academics, & Environmental Stewardship

School Garden

A School Garden is a place where students...

  • Are inspired to ask questions and seek answers through their own research and observations.
  • Observe the workings of a diverse ecosystem first-hand
  • Recognize their ability to create a place of beauty and ecological significance.
  • Discover the connections between themselves, their peers, and the natural world.
  • Contribute to the production of healthy food, from seed to table.
  • Apply concepts learned in multiple academic areas.
(from Lifelab.org)

History of SNAC

The SNAC Program started in 2006 through efforts of Wellnet volunteers, including Dr. Kim Furtado. The SNAC Program has offered educational outreach at The Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA) since 2011, and for a limited time at The Jefferson School, and the Milford Boys & Girls Club.  

SNAC was funded through December 2011 and again in 2013 through grants from Chichester Dupont Foundation, which allowed us to install the first greenhouse and garden at our host school, SDSA. During this time the Program received multiple hours of volunteer time from parents, Teachers and community members. Other in kind support has been donated by Walmart, Eric Wahl at Element Design, Kevin Lynch at Selbyville Pet and Garden, Jason Leach, contractor who oversaw installation of the Greenhouse and Garden infrastucture and Robert Tunnell at Blue Hen Organics, who provided soil supplements.

We are seeking funding to expand the program in 2014 through multiple grant applications.

The flagship SNAC Program is located at Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville (SDSA) through coordinated support with the Teachers, administrators, and parent volunteers.

The SNAC Program Director is Dr. Kim Furtado, naturopathic physician, who is a 2000 Bastyr University graduate. Dr. Furtado has extensive clinical nutrition and stress management experience. Dr. Furtado has expertize in sustainability principals, and the use of wholesome food for healthy living.