Children in Wisconsin get a hands-on experience with kohlrabi. Read more about early childhood gardens in Wisconsin, below.
Photo courtesy: Wisconsin School Garden Initiative

In this issue:
  • Register to attend the Farm to Cafeteria Conference!
  • New farm to preschool trainings
  • Case study: Early childhood gardens in Wisconsin
  • Book recommendation: Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli

Register to Attend the Farm to Cafeteria Conference by April 1st

Registration for the 7th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference: Powering Up is OPEN! More than 1,000 farm to cafeteria practitioners and stakeholders will be joining the National Farm to School Network in Austin, Texas April 15-18th for three days of inspiring field trips, workshops, speakers and networking-- will you be one of them?

Final preconference registration is April 1st. On-site registration will also be available, as space allows. Information about all 48 workshop presentations is now available on the conference website, as well as a list of all lightning talks and poster session presenters and topics. There are many farm to preschool offerings integrated throughout the entire conference. Be sure to sign up for the free Farm to Preschool Open House and Happy Hour when you register!

New Trainings for Farm to Preschool, Farmers, and More

The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is excited to release new farm to school and farm to preschool training materials developed by and for key stakeholder groups including farmers, child nutrition directors, educators and early care providers. Each training template consists of a customizable slide deck, speaker notes, handouts and an evaluation form. Anyone can use these tools to conduct effective trainings and share the value of farm to school in communities across the country. Download the training templates here.

The materials were developed by the Peer Leadership Network, a group of 18 experienced farm to school and preschool practitioners convened by NFSN and funded in part by the Newman's Own Foundation.

Case Study: Early Childhood Gardens in Wisconsin

In Early Childcare Centers throughout Wisconsin, gardens are beginning to take root. With so many eyes turned toward gardens in K-5 grade levels, it can be easy to forget the important growing ground of years two through four. Yet during these critical years, research has shown that children develop nutrition and physical activity habits that can last throughout their whole lives. Read more about the healthy habits being established via the Wisconsin School Garden Initiative.

Book Recommendation: Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli

Monsters don't eat broccoli, but they love tractors, rocks, and trees. Then again, those trees look an awful lot like broccoli… This book will have children giggling and eating trees of their own in no time!
By Barbara Jean Hicks.

Don't Forget!

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