Members of the national Farm to Preschool Subcommittee gathered in Burlington, Vermont at the 2012 Farm to Cafeteria Conference. Join us at this year's conference in Austin, Texas this April!

In this issue:
  • Farm to Cafeteria Conference scholarships
  • Profiles of healthy changes being made by CACFP providers and sponsors
  • Snapshot of Farm to Preschool Day celebrations
  • Book recommendation: Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth

Scholarships Available to Attend the Farm to Cafeteria Conference

In order to POWER UP, the farm to cafeteria movement needs all voices at the table, which is why the National Farm to School Network is offering registration scholarships for the 7th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Powering Up, taking place in Austin, Texas, April 15-18, 2014. Click here to learn more and access the online scholarship application form. Applications are due January 31 and award announcements will be made February 28.

The 7th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Powering Up will convene more than 1,000 diverse stakeholders from across the farm to cafeteria movement who are working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agricultural literacy across America. Please consider joining us April 15-18, 2014 in Austin, Texas! Registration will open January 13.

Nemours Report Profiles Nutrition Improvements made by CACFP Providers and Sponsors, including Farm to Preschool Activities

A new brief published by Nemours profiles 15 Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) providers and sponsors across the country to showcase strategies being implemented to improve the nutritional quality of meals and snacks.

Many of the examples and suggestions align directly with farm to preschool activities, such as seasonal menu planning, shopping at farmers' markets, and gardening with children. Read the full report.

Snapshot of Farm to Preschool Day Celebrations

THANK YOU to everyone who completed the Farm to School Counts survey as part of Farm to School Month this past October. Farm to preschool programs from across the country shared what they did to celebrate Farm to Preschool Day on October 18th. Here were some highlights:

In Indiana: "We made baba ganoush with the children and ate it with whole wheat crackers and vegetables. The children… enjoyed examining one of the eggplants."

In Montana: "We started a new garden with the hopes it will supply fresh vegetables for the lunch program in the summer months… We asked parents to send their child to school with a head of garlic to plant in the garden. On 10/18 we had the children plant the garlic in the prepared beds. We talked about why we plant garlic in the fall and also the proper way to plant it."

In Connecticut: "We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and afterwards we handed out samples of the fruit that the caterpillar ate in the story. We used spinach leaves in the place of the leaf that the caterpillar ate and got a surprising amount of kids to try it!"

In Mississippi: "I introduced about 60 children to a chicken farmer and a rabbit farmer. The children were able to pet and feed the chicken and pet the rabbits."

Book Recommendation: Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth

As composting becomes more common in cities, schools and community gardens, teach children how and what to compost with this fun read. Then, if you have a preschool garden of your own, consider starting a compost program to accompany it!
Book by Mary McKenna Siddals.

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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