It’s not about us – teachers, administrators, farm and food practitioners - bridging the gap between farm and cafeteria.  It’s about the students.

At Near North Montessori School in the city of Chicago, students are entirely responsible for running our Farm to Table school lunch program – a student-run restaurant called The Sandwich Shoppe that sources from our school farm a few blocks away - The Farmessori.

Our program is designed to meet the social and cognitive needs of students between the ages of 12 and 14, while also providing a school-wide Economics educational experience wherein younger children, parents, teachers, and staff are able to be active participants, contributors, and stewards.

Additionally, our program is founded on a social justice and sustainability-based curriculum that occurs in direct correlation with a real work practicum based on real need.

See “About” for more information.



Farmessori DIRTY DOZEN Vol. 1 from Joe Phillips on Vimeo.

A random collection of a dozen or more happenings at the Farmessori, in no particular order.
Featuring the young farmers of Near North Montessori School in Chicago.

Soundtrack: Pinball Number Count by The Pointer Sisters (1975)
Production & occasional muttering: Joe Phillips

Cooking Show Episode 1: Apple Granola Sandwich (2014) from Jamee Warrenfeltz Education on Vimeo.

Entirely produced by our NNMS Sandwich Shoppe students.
Filmed and edited by Ram Fedeli, 7th grade
Lighting by Luka Zuschlag, 7th grade
Directed and conceptualized by Cale Zepernick, 8th grade

© Food to Film Productions, 2014