October 18th is Farm to Preschool Day
October is National Farm to School Month. Celebrate Farm to Preschool Day on October 18th! We hope you'll join us by hosting an event or activity on October 18th to celebrate farm to preschool. Resources are available at www.farmtoschoolmonth.org and check out other ideas here.
Save the Date
Save the date for the 7th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Austin, Texas. April 15-18, 2014. See the National Farm to School Network website for more details!
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There are successful Farm to Preschool programs throughout Oregon and at the state-wide level. The Oregon Farm to Preschool Coalition was formed in 2012 in order to better support programs across the state. All models of early care and education are included in this effort.
Farm to Preschool is defined as activities that establish relationships between local foods and children. This could include growing edible plants in gardens or on windowsills, serving local foods in meals or snacks, and featuring local foods in educational activities such as taste tests, field trips to farms, or educational sessions for parents and/or community members.
Oregon Farm to Preschool Resources
|Farm to Preschool in Oregon fact sheet||General overview of F2P in Oregon|
|Local Procurement Tips for Early Care||How to purchase local foods|
|Starting a Preschool Garden fact sheet||A menu of options for different ways to garden in early care|
|Preschool Farm Field Trips fact sheet||How to coordinate a farm field trip|
|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|