MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont has made a name for itself in the national farm-to-school movement, getting more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curriculum about nutrition and agriculture into classrooms.

Now the state will serve as a classroom of its own to 13 schools around the Northeast and others who want to learn more about Vermont’s model and develop their own farm-to-school plans.

The Northeast Farm to School Institute takes place Wednesday through Friday at Shelburne Farms, located on the shores of Lake Champlain. It’s funded by a $100,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, which covers a year of mentoring by coaches.

The institute will focus on professional development in order to design a more integrated curriculum that includes food, farm and nutrition in all aspects of student learning, said Betsy Rosenbluth, project director for Vermont FEED, an organization that works with schools and communities to raise awareness about healthy food, Vermont farms and good nutrition.

“How do we support teachers, how do we support food service to make changes, whether they’re having taste tests for kids to get excited about new foods or whether they go into the classroom,” she said.

Sometimes a food service director develops partnerships with farmers. In Richmond, Vermont, for example, a school bought a cow so locally raised ground beef could be used in the cafeteria. The kids visited the farm as part of their studies. Parents sold the finer cuts of meat to pay the cost of using the local meat in the school.