Educational Programs

Our programs provide learning opportunities for students and professional development workshops for educators. We provides the unique opportunity to experience agriculture hands-on in an urban environment. Through research-based methods and curriculum, we develop life skills while inspiring conscious food consumers.

School and Community Programs
Connect your students to the classroom learning concepts through hands-on exploration and place-based experiences on the farm. Explore pre- and post-visit extensions and experience farm school collaboration at its best.

Sourcing and Eating Local Food
Assistance for schools on how to source local food for their school meal programs, tastings, and events

Growing School Gardens
Explore agriculture, sustainable food systems, experiential teaching methods, and other place-based opportunities to expand your breadth of knowledge    

Community Food Systems Programs 

Why Farm to School?
Michigan State University Extension  helps people improve their lives through an educational process that applies knowledge to critical issues, needs and opportunities. Using research-based curriculum and methods, Tollgate promotes food system awareness through exploring the sustainable, nutritional, and cultural aspects of agriculture.

Tollgate programs are made possible by the generous support of the Americana Foundation.

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Financial Aid Information

MSU Tollgate provides non-formal learning opportunities for individuals, families, schools, and groups, offering the unique opportunity to experience agriculture hands-on in an urban environment. Using research-based curriculum and methods, visitors explore the farm and the natural world, appreciate and promote locally grown food, and build healthy community.

Tollgate Financial Aid Committee Purpose Statement

The goal of the financial aid committee is to provide as many individuals, families, and schools as possible with the opportunity to enrich learning and broaden their experiences by time spent on the farm. Funding is limited and applications are reviewed based on the needs of the participants, potential impact on their learning, cost of the program, and the potential for meaningful collaboration.

MSU Tollgate Education Center offers partial scholarships for eligible individuals and groups thanks to the help of the Americana Foundation and individual and corporate sponsors. Interested in donating to our financial aid fund? Please contact mathismi@anr.msu.edu

When applying for financial aid, please notify Ellen Koehler koehle43@msu.edu or Will Jaquinde jaquinde@msu.edu. At the time of financial aid notification, payment for remaining balance will be required.  

To apply, fill out the financial aid form.

If you have questions regarding financial aid, please contact:

Ellen Koehler at 248-347-0269 ext. 227 (Camp and School Programs)
Will Jaquinde at 248-347-0269 ext. 208 (CSA Incubator)