Kale starts celebrate springtime in this Portland preschool garden.
Photo courtesy: Shawn Linehan

In this issue:
  • New Fact Sheet: "How to Start a Farm to Preschool Program"
  • How to Use CACFP Funds for Farm to Preschool
  • Case Study: Central Kitchen at Salt Lake Community Action Program Head Start
  • New Resource: Guide to Farm to Preschool in Home-Based Child Care
  • Book recommendation: An Earthworm's Life

New Fact Sheet: "How to Start a Farm to Preschool Program"

This helpful fact sheet from the National Farm to School Network is the place to start when thinking about launching a farm to preschool program.

How to Use CACFP Funds for Farm to Preschool

Did you know that if you participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), you can use those funds to do things like buy food from farmers markets and plant edible gardens? For more information, see pages 111 (gardens and nutrition education) and 152 (procurement) of the CACFP Financial Management guide.

Case Study: Serving Local Food to Multiple Sites via a Central Kitchen

Salt Lake Community Action Program Head Start's Central Kitchen initiative started in early 2009, and now serves healthy, local food to approximately 3,000 children at 24 sites every day. Read an overview of their work here, or read the full description to learn how you might do something similar. Tips for successfully serving local food through a central kitchen include:

  • Involve key players in the planning process
  • Select a food service distributor who can supply local foods
  • Train kitchen staff
  • Conduct a pilot phase to test your systems, before rolling out changes at all sites
  • Create a supportive environment that promotes healthy eating

New Resource: Farm to Preschool in Home-Based Child Care Sites

Use this guide as a starting point if you are interested in:

  • Talking to family child care centers about starting a farm to preschool (F2P) program
  • Starting a F2P program at your own family child care site
  • Engaging parents
  • Reading case studies of home-based child care providers that started F2P programs
  • Accessing lots of resources! (see appendices)

Book Recommendation: An Earthworm's Life

Prepare children to work in the garden this spring with this simple book about the life cycle of an earthworm.
By John Himmelman.

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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