Preschoolers celebrate Farm to Preschool Day on October 18th with a sunny field trip to the Sauvie Island Center in Portland, Oregon.
Photo courtesy: Sauvie Island Center

In this issue:
  • Make Sure your Celebrate Farm to Preschool Day Activities are Counted
  • Farm to Preschool at the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
  • New State-Specific Resources for Farm to Preschool
  • Stories from Across the Country
  • Book and Recipe Recommendation: Delicious, by Helen Cooper

Get Counted! Register your Farm to Preschool Day Activities by 11/30

The stories are coming in from around the country: Celebrate Farm to Preschool Day was on October 18th, and it was a great success! In Portland, Oregon, the Sauvie Island Center hosted their first ever farm to preschool field trip, and over at the National Head Start Association, programs from Los Angeles to Massachusetts shared information about farm to preschool in their neck of the woods.

Did you host or participate in an activity for Celebrate Farm to Preschool Day? If so, complete the Farm to School Counts survey by November 30th and you will be entered to win free registration to the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Powering Up in Austin, Texas, April 15-18th.

Farm to Preschool Takes Center Stage at the Seventh National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

The National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Powering Up will convene a diverse group of stakeholders from across the farm to cafeteria movement—more than 1,000 food service professionals, farmers, educators, youth leaders, policy makers, advocates, state/federal agency professionals, entrepreneurs, public health professionals and others—working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. The conference will have a special focus on Farm to Preschool, with workshops and a Farm to Preschool pre-conference field trip and networking event on April 15th. Join us for the conference in Austin, April 15-18!

New State-Specific Resources for Farm to Preschool

Are there farm to preschool resources out there that are specific to your individual state? Share informational fliers, trainings, webinars, and other resources via the new farm to preschool map on www.farmtopreschool.org. Check out example state pages from Oregon and Georgia.

To submit information for a state page, email info@farmtopreschool.org.

Farm to Preschool Stories from Across the Country

  • In Iowa, new Farm to Preschool programming is aligning with existing Farm to School efforts. Now, little learners with older siblings have the chance to show off their cooking skills alongside the big kids! Read more on page two of the Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative's newsletter [PDF].
  • In Georgia, the Department of Early Care and Learning, Georgia Organics, and Georgia Department of Public Health hosted a successful two-day Farm to Preschool Summit. Read more in their press release [PDF].
  • Nationally, the farm to preschool movement is growing strong! Read more from Mother Nature Network.

Book Recommendation: Delicious: A Pumpkin Soup Story

Duck, squirrel, and cat love pumpkin soup, but when there are no ripe pumpkins in the garden, they are forced to experiment and try something new! Will they eat fish, mushroom or pink beet soup? Read the book together and then make a soup of your own. Recipe for pink beet soup is included with the book.
By Helen Cooper.

Don't Forget!

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

 

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