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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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Oregon Farm to Preschool

Farm to Preschool is defined as activities that strengthen relationships between children and healthy, local food. 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.

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. The Coalition has since merged with the Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network.  All models of early care and education are included in this effort.

Latest NewsPortland-based Ecotrust has awarded 13 mini-grants to support new and expanding F2P projects in Oregon.  In addition to seed funding, grantees are receiving technical assistance through a network of early child care and education (ECE) providers learning with and from each other.  Learn more about the Farm to Preschool Learning Community:  

http://www.ecotrust.org/new-funding-for-farm-to-preschool-programs-in-oregon/

 

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
Harvest for Healthy Kids Free activity kits developed by teachers and childcare providers www.harvestforhealthykids.com
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