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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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In Oregon

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*New!* Funding for Oregon Farm to Preschool Programs


Connect more kids and families to healthy, local foods

Grow your farm to preschool program with seed funding and support

Network with other ECE providers and partners to boost your farm to preschool know-how

Portland-based Ecotrust is requesting applications for innovative Farm to Preschool (F2P) projects that strengthen relationships between children and healthy, local foods. Mini-grants will be awarded to support new and expanding F2P projects in Oregon, and grantees will receive technical assistance through a network of early child care and education (ECE) providers learning with and from each other: a F2P Learning Community.  All types of ECE settings and agencies, organizations, farmers and food producers working directly with an ECE site(s) in Oregon are invited to apply. 

The application period for Ecotrust's Farm to Preschool Learning Community mini-grant program is closed. Awards will be announced in early July, 2014.

Oregon Farm to Preschool Resources


Resource Subject matter Link
Farm to Preschool in Oregon fact sheet General overview of F2P in Oregon PDF
Local Procurement Tips for Early Care How to purchase local foods PDF
Starting a Preschool Garden fact sheet A menu of options for different ways to garden in early care PDF
Preschool Farm Field Trips fact sheet How to coordinate a farm field trip PDF
FoodHub Website to search for local farmers www.food-hub.org
Oregon Harvest for Schools Promotional materials for Oregon-grown foods (posters, bilingual parent newsletters, menu templates, etc.) www.ode.state.or.us/go/h4s
Oregon State University Extension Resources for gardening, farming, food preservation, nutrition, and more extension.oregonstate.edu