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We hope to see you for the 7th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Austin, Texas from April 15-18, 2014.  This year features many Farm to Preschool activities such as a dedicated workshop track, a field trip to a preschool, an open house/happy hour and poster sessions. See the Farm to Cafeteria conference website for more details.  This year features a Farm to Preschool track, a field trip to a preschool, and an open house/happy hour.

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Publications and Presentations

Reports and Fact Sheets

 

Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies

Institute of Medicine:  Committee on Obesity Prevention Policies for Young Children

Farm to Child Care: Opportunities and Challenges for Connecting Young Children with Local Foods and Farmers

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Keeping Children Healthy in California's Child Care Environments

California Department of Education and California Health and Human Services Agency

Obesity Prevalence Among Low-Income, Preschool-Aged Children

2009 State by State fact sheet from the CDC
Maps showing obesity prevalence by state

Preventing Childhood Obesity in Early Care and Education Programs

Selected Standards from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards

Preventing Childhood Obesity: Policy and Practice Strategies for North Carolina North

Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University

Preventing Obesity Among Preschool Children: How Can Child-care Settings Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity?

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research and Active Living Research Programs

Other Resources

 

Farm to School: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography

As a part of the USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, the National Agricultural Library developed this working bibliography to document existing research and resources on Farm to School and Farm to Institution efforts around the Nation.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

 

Hedberg, A., et al. (2009).

PLANT gardens: Preschoolers learn about nutrition through gardens curriculum development and pre-testing. J Am Diet Assoc., A-47.

Hughes, J.L. (2007).

Creating a farm and food learning box curriculum for preschool-aged children and their families. J of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 39(3), 171-172.

Kalich, K. (2008).

Early Sprouts: Gardening and nutrition experience for the young child. J Am Diet Assoc., A-53.

Larson, N., Ward, D.S., Neelon, S.B., Story, M. (2011).

What role can child-care settings play in obesity prevention? A review of the evidence and call for research efforts.
J Am Diet Assoc.,111(9),1343-62.

Nanney, M.S., Sheldon, J., Elliot, M., & Haire-Joshu, D. (2007).

Frequency of eating homegrown produce is associated with higher intake among parents and their preschool-aged children in rural Missouri. J Am Diet Assoc., 107(4), 577-84.

Nicklas, T.A., Baranowski, T., et al. (2001).

Family and child-care provider influences on preschool children's fruit, juice, and vegetable consumption. Nutrition Reviews, 59(7), 224-235.

Olstad, D.L., & McCargar, L. (2009).

Prevention of overweight and obesity in children under the age of 6 years. Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism, 34(4), 551-570.

Story, M, Kaphingst KM, French S. (2006).

The role of schools in obesity prevention. Future Child. 16(1),109–42.

Presentations

 

Farm to Cafeteria Conference - August 2012

Farm to Preschool Subcommittee Workshop Presentation

Farm to Family Northeastern University Poster

Farm to Preschool Occidental College Poster

Farm to Family Pilot Evaluation

Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures, Northeastern University

Farm to Preschool

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

Farm to Preschool 101

Ecotrust and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Head Start Leadership Institute – October 2011

From Seed to Snack: Planting a Garden in Your Preschool

Farm to Preschool, Occidental College and Common Ground, UC Cooperative Extension
LA Universal Preschool RENEW Garden Workshop – January 2012

Growing Farm to Preschool –Bringing the “Farm” to Preschool Settings

Farm to Preschool, Occidental College and Ecotrust
Community Food Security Coalition Conference – November 2011

Preventing Childhood Obesity: Policy Strategies to Make a Difference

Duke University Medical Center and Duke Global Health Institute
North Carolina Family Impact Seminar - May 2011

Strategies for Growing Healthy Children and Communities

Neighborhood House Association; Children’s Bureau - Wallis Annenberg Child Development Center; Farm to Preschool, Occidental College
CACFP Roundtable Conference – October  2011

 

Research Data

 

Food Environment Atlas

United States Department of Agriculture: Economic Research Service - 07/05/2012

 

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