Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

Georgia Farm To Preschool

Georgia Farm To Preschool

Farm to Preschool - The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) formally established a Farm to School Program within USDA to improve access to local foods in schools. The USDA Farm to School Program is operated by the Department’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). The term “farm to preschool” encompasses efforts to serve local or regionally produced foods in early child care and education settings; provide hands-on learning activities such as gardening, farm visits, and culinary activities; and integrate food-related education into the curriculum.

Farm to Preschool: Local Food and Learning in Early Child Care and Education Settings: FactSheet_Farm_to_Preschool.pdf

Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs: F2S_Procuring_Local_Foods_Child_Nutrition_Prog_Guide.pdf

Farm to School Census: http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/census#/

Grow It! Try It! Like It: http://www.fns.usda.gov/tn/grow-it-try-it-it

USDA Farm to School Grant Program: http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/farm-school-grant-program

National Farm to School Network, Farm to Preschool Page: http://www.farmtoschool.org/our-work/early-care-and-education

Farm to Head Start: http://www.nhsa.org/

Farm to Preschool: http://www.farmtopreschool.org/

Farm to Summer - Farm to school initiatives at schools and child care centers connect children with local food through purchase of local foods and activities such as campus gardens, cafeteria menus that include local products, classroom lessons and field trips to farms. Farm to site activities replicate farm to school activities and enable Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program operators to enhance the quality of their programs. Summer meal sites can introduce farm to site activities by using locally sourced ingredients in meals and snacks, creating garden-based learning environments, including nutrition education in enrichment activities, and connecting children with local farmers and ranchers. Farm to site activities establish lifelong healthy habits for children while building strong communities and enhancing local economies.

Farm to Summer Fact Sheet: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/f2s/FactSheet_Farm_to_Summer.pdf

Local Foods and Related Activities in Summer Meal Programs, with Questions and Answers: http://www.fns.usda.gov/local-foods-and-related-activities-summer-meal-programs-questions-and-answers

Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/f2s/F2S_Procuring_Local_Foods_Child_Nutrition_Prog_Guide.pdf

SFSP Toolkit: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-meals-toolkit

SFSP Webinar Series: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/2015-summer-meals-webinars

CA Summer Meal Coalition: http://www.ca-ilg.org/california-summer-meal-coalition

TX Department of Agriculture: http://www.squaremeals.org/FandNResources/TexasFarmFresh/FarmtoSummerSite.aspx