October 18th is Celebrate Farm to Preschool Day!
In 2010, Congress approved a resolution to officially designate October as National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening all over the country between children and local food. Each day of the month will feature a different theme, and on October 18th, we're celebrating farm to preschool! Farm to preschool includes the full spectrum of child care delivery: preschools, Head Start, center-based, programs in K-12 school districts, and family home care facilities.
We hope you'll join us by hosting an event or activity on October 18th to celebrate farm to preschool. Activities could include:
- Serving local food in a snack or as part of a meal
- Highlighting a locally grown food product with a cooking class for children or a demonstration
- Planning a trip to a local farm, farmers' market, or u-pick, or inviting a farmer to come visit your children
- Starting an edible garden outdoors or in containers on a windowsill
It's not too early to start planning! Plans are already underway at Toddle Inn Saco, a preschool in Saco, Maine who received a Farm to School Month planning grant. The preschool will be taking children on field trips to a local dairy and apple orchard, after which children will return to the classroom to make butter and applesauce. Yum! More resources are available at www.farmtoschoolmonth.org
For more information about National Farm to School Month, watch an archived webinar with the National Farm to School Network's Chelsey Simpson here.