Connect with the Farm to Preschool Subcommittee at the 2012 Farm to Cafeteria Conference!

Join us on Friday, August 3rd for Farm to Preschool: Taking Root Across the Nation! This workshop, hosted by the Farm to Preschool Subcommittee of the National Farm to School Network, will be held at the Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Burlington, Vermont on Friday, August 3rd from 3:30-5:00pm. The workshop will be an opportunity to meet and network with members of the Subcommittee, as well as learn more about the state of Farm to Preschool nationwide as we reveal the preliminary results from our national survey. See you there!

Local hospital supports Farm to Preschool efforts

Looking for creative ways to start or grow your Farm to Preschool activities? Support can often be sought from right within your community: the MAAC Project in northern San Diego County became inspired to start a Farm to Preschool program after attending a training workshop in 2011, but lacked the funds to do so. They applied for a grant from Palomar Pomerado Hospital, their local hospital, and received $1,000 to start a program at their Head Start center. The program is "an effort to help minimize obesity in young children by teaching them how to choose healthier foods to consume. [This program is] exposing some of these children for the first time to certain fruits and vegetables." Their new program is also a great example of community partnership and support!

Have you found creative funding sources for your Farm to Preschool efforts? We want to hear about them! E-mail info@farmtopreschool.org with your story.

Book recommendations

Three books and accompanying resources to jump-start children's excitement about gardens, cooking, and trying new foods.

Scarlette Beane by Karen Wallace
On Scarlette Beane's fifth birthday, her grandfather gives her a garden to grow all on her own. Her veggies grow so big it takes the whole town to help harvest them and make soup. Then one night, she plants magic seeds that grow into a vegetable castle! This book is all about the wonderful things children can accomplish and the joys gardening brings to a community. Find resources for starting and maintaining your preschool garden here.

Two Old Potatoes and Me by John Coy, with illustrations by Carolyn Fisher
In this book a girl discovers two old potatoes that have begun to sprout at the back of the cupboard. She goes to throw them away, but her dad suggests that instead they try to grow new potatoes from the old ones. The story details how they prepare the soil, weed, water, and protect the plants from potato beetles. In September, their patience and hard work are rewarded with a brimming bucket of new potatoes. Together they make mashed potatoes (recipe included in back of book). Did you know that adding a dash of nutmeg brings good luck? Find more fun recipes to make with children on the seasonal menus and recipes page of our website.

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
Lola is a VERY picky eater, until her brother Charlie makes her dinner. While Lola won't even try carrots or green peas, she is curious about orange twiglets from Jupiter and rare green drops from Greenland. This fun and clever book challenges preconceived notions about what foods we don't like to eat. Find other suggestions for making new foods fun on the curricula page of our website.

Don't forget!

Complete the 2012 National Farm to Preschool Survey by June 30th for a chance to win $500 toward your Farm to Preschool efforts! Learn more and take the survey.

Visit our website for tons of Farm to Preschool resources and information. You can also submit your own events, news, or materials: farmtopreschool.org

 

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