In West Union, Iowa, Head Start teacher Sara Converse used a rubber glove filled with water and attached to a cardboard cow cutout to teach children where milk comes from and how to milk a cow. Read more about farm to preschool activities in Iowa below.
Photo courtesy: Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative

In this issue:
  • New Farm to Childcare Curriculum
  • Archive of All Past Farm to Preschool E-newsletters Now Available
  • Farm to Preschool Mini-Grants Awarded to Preschools in Oregon
  • Nevada Preschoolers Help Dedicate New People's Garden
  • Iowa Preschoolers Learn Where Yogurt Comes From
  • Book recommendation: Authors in the Pantry: Recipes, Stories, and More

New Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package Connects Young Eaters with Fruits and Veggies

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's new Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package provides a roadmap for providers to connect young children with locally grown, minimally processed foods and the farmers who grow them. The curriculum was developed in partnership with childcare provider company New Horizon Academy, and with support from the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

A complementary report tells the story of implementing a Farm to Childcare program based on the curriculum package at 62 New Horizon Academy childcare centers, providing an inside look at lessons learned. Together with the curriculum, these resources give childcare providers real tools to start or expand their own Farm to Childcare programs, helping kids develop a healthy and informed relationship with their food while simultaneously opening up a new market for our local farmers' fresh fruits and vegetables.

Find the Farm to Childcare Curriculum Package and Farm to Childcare: Highlights and Lessons Learned Report available online at www.iatp.org/farmtochildcare.

Archive of Past Farm to Preschool Newsletters Now Available

The National Farm to School Network's farm to preschool e-newsletter has been published monthly since 2012. Are you a new subscriber to this e-news, or interested in reviewing past resources? All of our newsletters are now archived online, making it easy to review resources, news, book recommendations, and case studies that we've shared in the past. Check it out!>>

Farm to Preschool Mini-Grants Awarded to Preschools in Oregon

Thirteen Oregon preschools will embark on activities this year ranging from CSA purchases to planting edible native gardens, to harvesting chicken eggs on farm field trips. It's all part of a peer-to-peer learning community being established in the state, with support from the nonprofit Ecotrust. Read about grantees' projects, and about the theory behind the learning community, on Ecotrust's blog.>>

Nevada Preschoolers Help Dedicate New People's Garden

It's never too early to start cultivating a "green thumb," and a People's Garden in Reno, Nevada is doing just that.

Employees of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently created a new People's Garden at their office in partnership with One World Children's Academy, a preschool across the street from the office. Read more on the USDA's blog.>>

Iowa Preschoolers Learn Where Yogurt Comes From

Where does yogurt come from? And how do you milk a cow? Those are questions preschoolers in northeast Iowa were asking recently while participating in Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative's Farm to Preschool program. Teachers across the region got creative to teach children where yogurt comes from and all the many ways to enjoy it. Read about their activities and get some ideas of your own on the National Farm to School Network blog.>>

Book recommendation: Authors in the Pantry: Recipes, Stories, and More

The perfect guide for any program looking to pair good food with good literature, this book compiles recipes, stories, and more from beloved children's authors with interesting facts and biographical information about their lives.
By Sharron L. McElmeel, with Deborah L. McElmeel.

Don't Forget!

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