Farm to Preschool

Getting Started with Farm to Preschool (PDF | 403 KB)

National Farm to School Network.

Farm to preschool offers multiple strategies to improve the health of children and communities. This list provides some easy first steps to develop a lasting farm to preschool program in your community.

Farm to Childcare: Opportunities and Challenges for Connecting Young Children with Local Foods and Farmers (June 2012) (PDF | 2.8 MB)

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

This report explores the feasibility of expanding Farm to Childcare (F2C) initiatives, the dynamics that surround foodservice in various childcare contexts, and lessons learned from early efforts around the country.

Farm to Preschool: Curriculum (2005-2009) (PDF | 1.6 MB)

Ohio State Department of Agriculture.

This presentation provides curriculum resources for farm to preschool organizers.

Farm to Preschool Brochure (PDF | 4.9 MB)

Idaho State Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs.

This brochure provides an overview of the Farm to Preschool program in Idaho.

Mealtime Memo: It's Farm Time (July 2012) (PDF | 1.2 MB)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

It's Farm Time is a resource for child care providers interested in Farm to Child Care. This resource highlights methods for participating in Farm to Child Care, components of Farm to Child Care, steps for starting a Farm to Child Care program, and strategies for implementation. Part of the Mealtime Memo series.

Food Safety from Farm and Garden to Preschool: Online Training (2014)

The University of Massachusetts Department of Nutrition; University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Food Safety Program.

The Food Safety from Farm and Garden to Preschool program is an online training program for early childcare educators and foodservice staff developed by the University of Massachusetts and the University of New Hampshire.

Mealtime Memo: Plenty of Local Produce (November 2010) (PDF | 1.2 MB)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

Learn how local produce is a terrific choice for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meals. Try the recipe for Broccoli Quiche D-80. Use the weeks' worth of breakfast, lunch, and snack menus.

More Than Mud Pies More Than Mud Pies (2012) (PDF | 39.8 MB)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

Specific nutrition education guide and curriculum for preschoolers. These 54 lessons built around the seasons of the year each include activities to learn about growth, nutrition, and preparation of foods.

National Farm to Preschool

An expansion of the National Farm to School initiative and serves Head Start programs, preschools, and daycares to help influence the eating habits of young children while their preferences are forming.

Expanding Farm to Childcare Webinar Expanding Farm to Childcare Webinar (March 2013)

Iowa Team Nutrition; Iowa State University Extension.

Covers a wide range of topics related to management of a farm to child care program.