It's always surprising how early you can get children back out in the garden! See below for tips to start your Farm to Preschool season right.
Photo courtesy of Oregon Child Development Coalition Garden Project.

In this issue:
  • Upcoming Conference: Building a Healthier Future Summit
  • Case Study: Harvest for Healthy Kids (with short video!)
  • New Resource: Benefits of Farm to School fact sheet
  • Planting Prep: Book idea, seed fundraiser to jump-start your garden

Building a Healthier Future Summit: Early care educators encouraged to attend!

In March 2013, the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA honorary chairwoman First Lady Michelle Obama to solve the nation's childhood obesity crisis, will bring together more than 1,000 leaders from public, private and non-profit organizations, all committed to solving the childhood obesity crisis in America.

Breakout sessions will include panelists from several organizations represented on the Farm to Preschool Subcommittee of the National Farm to School Network (NFSN), including the National Head Start Association, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and NFSN Executive Director and Co-Founder Anupama Joshi, among others.

Early childhood educators are specifically encouraged to attend! Learn more and register here.

Case study: Harvest for Healthy Kids Program

Harvest for Healthy Kids was created from a partnership between Portland State University and Mt. Hood Community College Head Start. The partners have developed a curriculum centered around introducing Head Start children to a wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables through their meals, snacks, and classroom activities. Learn more about their project and watch a short video here.

New resource: Benefits of Farm to School and Farm to Preschool fact sheet

This fact sheet draws from 40 research studies and other references to summarize the proven benefits of Farm to School for children, teachers, farmers and the community. Use it to share the evidence behind your work with parents, staff, and your community!

Planting Prep: It's that time of year again!

Book recommendation: Kick off your planting activities this spring with From Seed to Plant, by Gail Gibbons. Children will learn the complete journey of a seed, before watching it play out before them in your garden or on your windowsill.

Fundraising suggestion: Get a jump on that spring garden! Reading over seed catalogs or checking out the seed selection at a local shop is a great wintertime activity. It's always surprising just how early you can get children out in the garden, planting the cold-tolerant crops such as snap peas, spinach, onions, and more. And if you're looking for a healthy fundraiser, check out Fedco Seeds, a seed cooperative in Maine. Their seed fundraiser program can provide funds for your Farm to Preschool project AND send just the right message home to your families!

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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