Children at New Day School in Portland often eat meals that include ingredients grown right outside in their preschool garden.
Photo courtesy: Shawn Linehan

In this issue:
  • Resources from the Farm to Cafeteria Conference now online
  • Preschool teacher named Virginia's Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year
  • Farm to preschool mini-grants available in Oregon
  • New research encourages family-style dining with children
  • Book recommendation: Bear and Bunny Grow Tomatoes

Farm to preschool resources from the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference

We loved seeing so many farm to preschool enthusiasts at the 7th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference last month! Thank you for your energy, wisdom, and enthusiasm.

If you missed the conference—don't worry! You can still access many of the presentations and handouts, by visiting the National Farm to School Network’s website, From the resources page, simply do a keyword search for "conference." The resources are grouped by workshop track with additional listings for lightning talks, plenaries, and short courses.

All materials from the "Farm to Preschool" workshop track are available here.

Congratulations to preschool teacher Lauren Arbogast, Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom's Teacher of the Year

This year, Virginia's Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher of the Year award goes to preschool teacher Lauren Arbogast, from W.H. Keister Elementary School in Harrisonburg, Virginia. "The award recognizes a Virginia educator for efforts in incorporating agriculture into his or her core curriculum," according to the Virginia Farm Bureau. Along with living on a multi-generational farm herself, Arbogast "established a Farming in the City Day to increase student awareness of agriculture." Read more about Arbogast's work here, and visit the National Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) website to find your state's AITC contact, as well as your state's AITC webpage.

Request for Applications now available for farm to preschool projects in Oregon

Portland-based Ecotrust is requesting applications for innovative Farm to Preschool projects that strengthen relationships between children and healthy, local foods. The new, one-year program will support new and expanding farm to preschool projects in Oregon through mini-grant funds, technical assistance, and the creation of a network of early care and education providers learning with and from each other. All types of early child care and education (ECE) settings, as well as agencies, organizations, farmers and food producers working directly with ECE site(s) in Oregon are invited to apply.

Applications are due June 9, 2014.

For more information and to apply, visit the Oregon farm to preschool webpage.

New research emphasizes benefits of family-style dining with children

Consider serving that locally grown salad, fruit smoothie, or stir-fry family-style. According to new research from the University of Illinois, family-style dining teaches children to read their own hunger cues, and may ultimately play a role in preventing childhood obesity. Adults are also encouraged to eat meals with children, to model healthy behavior. Read more about the study in a summary from Medical Press.

Book Recommendation: Bear and Bunny Grow Tomatoes

As tomatoes start to flower and fruit, children will love this story about a hard-working bear and a lazy bunny, each growing tomatoes with very different results.
By Bruce Koscielniak.

Don't Forget!

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