In this photo: work time in the garden at school!

In this issue:
  • Resources for celebrating Farm to School Month
  • Upcoming Farm to Preschool webinar: November 13th
  • Resource Spotlight: Recipes for child care centers
  • Request for input from early childhood educator training programs
  • October is Farm to School Month!

    In 2010, Congress approved a resolution to officially designate October as National Farm to School Month. Consider hosting an event or activity in October to celebrate and connect children to local foods!

    Head Start Programs: The National Farm to School Network has teamed up with the National Head Start Association to announce October 18th as "Celebrate Farm to Head Start Day." Please consider hosting your event or activity on October 18th to celebrate Farm to Head Start!

    Activities could include:

    • Serving local food in your snack or as part of your meal
    • Highlighting a locally grown food product with a cooking class for children or a demonstration
    • Planning a trip to a local farm or u-pick, or having a farmer visit your classroom
    • Starting a school garden or planning an extra special activity in the garden

    If you decide to organize an activity, register to be entered into a drawing for $500 towards your program! Three prizes will be awarded. And if you host a public event, list it on the national website!

    For additional resources and information, including a communications toolkit (PDF) for inviting local media and public officials, visit www.farmtoschoolmonth.org.

    Farm to Preschool webinar:
    Tuesday, November 13th, 12 P.M. CDT

    Mark your calendars and register here! Come learn about the National Farm to School Network's exciting Farm to Preschool initiative (all early childcare settings included). Participants will be introduced to the Farm to Preschool movement and resources, find out how to get involved, and get a closer look at some example programs from across the country. Presenters: Emily Jackson, ASAP; Zoe Phillips, UEPI; and Stacey Sobell, Ecotrust. The main webinar presentation will last 20 minutes followed by a question and answer session.

    Resource spotlight: Recipes for child care

    Looking for recipes that young children will love? The Washington State Department of Agriculture has developed a Farm to School toolkit that includes resources for child care centers. Visit their website to learn how to incorporate products such as apples, beans, carrots, corn, potatoes, and more into your meals! Find more recipes and menu ideas on the Farm to Preschool website.

    Request for input from early childhood educator training programs

    If you are a community college or university professor involved in an early childhood educator training program, we would like your feedback. Are you interested in integrating Farm to Preschool into your early childhood education coursework? Are you already doing this? Please take a few moments to complete this survey. If you complete the survey and provide your contact information, your name will be entered into a random drawing for a set of children's literature. Survey deadline: September 30, 2012.

    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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