In this issue:
  • Resources for celebrating Farm to School Month
  • New templates: This Week in the Garden and Family Newsletters
  • Recommended reading: What I Learned About Love as a School Lunch Chef

Get ready: October is Farm to School Month!

National Farm to School Month kicks off on October 1st, and Farm to Preschool Day is October 15th. Everyone can celebrate! Consider hosting an event or activity on that day, or anytime in October, to celebrate connections between children and local food.

Do you have the resources you need to host an event, attract media coverage, or generate support for your work? The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) has developed resources and activities to promote Farm to School Month in schools, preschools, communities and media outlets. NFSN's new Communications Toolkit contains an explanation of this year's Farm to School Month activities, a sample press release, suggested social media posts, sample text for newsletters and ideas and tips for making media pitches.

Here are additional resources to explore:

New Weekly Activity Sheets for Teachers and Families

ASAP's popular "This Week in the Garden" resource has now been adapted for preschools! These weekly activity sheets are available in PDF (use as is) or Publisher versions (tweak to your heart's content!). In addition to the weekly teacher resource, they have developed a take-home piece to share with parents and families. Use as is, or insert your own photos and information in the newsletters. All materials are free to download from ASAP's website.

Recommended Reading: What I Learned About Love as a School Lunch Chef

Burlington Children's Space Chef Erinn Simon, whose program has been profiled in a previous farm to preschool newsletter, shares what she's learned from her work in this piece from the Huffington Post.

Don't Forget!

Visit the National Farm to School Network and Farm to Preschool websites for tons of resources and information. You can also submit your own events, news, or materials: farmtoschool.org and farmtopreschool.org

 

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