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In this issue:
  • New resources released during Farm to School Month
    • Farm to preschool landing page on farmtoschool.org
    • Online food safety training program for farm to preschool
    • Farm to preschool toolkit from Washington state
    • Activity kit for teaching about locally-grown beans
  • New York City Health Department launches farm to preschool program
  • Case study: farm to preschool in Georgia
  • Book and activity recommendation: Apples

New Farm to Preschool Resources Released this Month

We hope your celebrations were delicious this October! Farm to School Month was full of new resources for farm to preschool programs.

Farm to Preschool Landing Page
The National Farm to School Network created a new Farm to Preschool landing page on our website. While early care and education resources are woven throughout farmtoschool.org, this landing page is a good place to start if you or someone you know is interested in farm to preschool.

Food Safety from Farm and Garden to Preschool: Online Training Program
The University of Massachusetts Department of Nutrition and the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension have developed an online, interactive food safety program for farm to preschool programs. This free, self-paced program was created to help early childcare educators, foodservice staff, volunteers and parents understand the importance of reducing the risk of food safety related to fresh fruits and vegetables for young children. The program includes five units:

  • Farm to Preschool Benefits
  • Fresh Produce and Foodborne Illness Risks
  • Food Safety Basics for the Classroom and the Kitchen
  • Food Safety and Gardening Activities
  • Food Safety on Field Trips to Farms and Farmers' Markets

The Food Safety from Farm and Garden to Preschool Training Program is available online at www.umass.edu/safefoodfarm2kid.

Farm to Preschool Toolkit for Washington State
The Washington State Department of Agriculture's Farm to School Online Toolkit now contains a host of new resources for farm to preschool! Resources include an overview of farm to preschool, as well as information, links, resources, and ideas in the areas of:

Harvest for Healthy Kids Bean Activity Kit
Harvest for Healthy Kids' new Bean Activity Kit features lots of fun activities to get young children excited to learn about beans. Children can learn about different colors and types of beans with vibrant Picture Cards, or explore how beans grow by sprouting their own. Parents and educators can introduce beans to children with a delicious bean and corn salad recipe, adapted for both the family and the classroom. Find this Activity Kit and many more at harvestforhealthykids.org

New York City Health Department Launches Farm to Preschool Program

Last month, New York City's Health Department, in partnership with GrowNYC and Corbin Hill Food Project, annouced the launch of a new Farm to Preschool initiative that brings fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables to 11 participating preschools across the city. The program includes farm fresh produce boxes for families, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Grow it, Try it, Like it" curriculum in the classroom, and nutrition education and food demonstrations on site for caregivers. Read more in the Press Release about the program.>>

Grant Park Cooperative Preschool in Georgia Celebrates Farm to Preschool

Parent and president of the board Rebecca Wallace shares the impact farm to preschool has had on her community:

As a parent, I look forward to the day when all Georgia schools feature fresh, locally grown produce in the cafeterias. Knowing that it will be a longer-term, institutional change, I am so grateful that we are able to experience this at the preschool level. And truly, anyone can. Farms all over Georgia are making it easier to obtain the food; the rest is up to the preschool community. It requires incorporating the idea into your values and mission, commitment from the leadership and educators, and buy-in and support from the families.

Read more on Georgia Organics' blog>>

Book and Activity Recommendation: Apples

Apples, by Gail Gibbons, pairs perfectly with this apple tasting activity from ASAP.

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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