In this photo: Preschoolers in Alaska water their garden with plastic water bottles pulled from a recycle bin. Do you have tips and tricks for gardening with preschoolers? See below, and send them our way!
Photo courtesy of Denali Preschool and Learning Center Garden Camp.

In this issue:
  • Farm to Preschool at the Farm to Cafeteria Conference
  • Request for your tips and helpful hints
  • Popular curriculum resources
  • Increased Farm to Preschool funding opportunities
  • Inspired by Farm to Preschool across the U.S.

    The Farm to Preschool Subcommittee of the National Farm to School Network had the opportunity to meet and learn from almost 800 conference attendees at this year's Farm to Cafeteria Conference. We shared a bit about our work, including the results from our national Farm to Preschool survey, and we were inspired by the work and enthusiasm of many of you who attended. You can view the Farm to Preschool workshop PowerPoint from the conference, which includes additional information, case studies, and information about each Subcommittee member, here.

    Send us your tips

    Drilling lots of holes in the lid of a recycled water bottle (pictured above) makes watering with kids easy, free, and also makes it impossible to overwater! We want to compile a list of tips like this one from the experts: YOU! Submit your gardening, field trip, cooking, or taste testing suggestions so that programs nationwide can learn from your experiences:
    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FarmtoPreschool_tips

    Curriculum highlight

    Many of you asked for lesson plans and curricular resources when you filled out the Farm to Preschool survey. Many others gave us suggestions for the curricula you like best. We've compiled your responses below, and hope you'll check out these great resources!

    And don't forget to visit the curricula page of www.farmtopreschool.org for more information.

    Funding opportunities expand

    Nine out of 25 grantees of Michigan Farm to School Grant Program 2012-2013 grants were awarded to child care programs. This is the first year that Farm to Preschool programming has been supported through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation-funded MI Farm to School Grant Program. Though this funding was originally established to support Farm to School in K-12 schools and districts, emerging interests around the state in Farm to Preschool efforts facilitated this year's additions! Other states around the country are beginning to do the same, such as Texas. Check your state Department of Agriculture, state-based Farm to School grant programs or the Farm to Preschool website to see if child care is included in your state. We are excited to see Farm to Preschool recognized in these funding streams!

    Don't forget!

    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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