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Farm to Preschool beginnings

Farm to Preschool beginnings



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    • Farm to Preschool CACFP Wellness and Nutrition Institute March 1, 2009 Debra Eschmeyer Center for Food & Justice Urban & Environmental Policy Institute Occidental College
      • Program Development and Evaluation
      • Action Research
      • Policy Development
      • Community Organizing and Empowerment
      • Academic/NGO Hybrid
      • Multiple Centers and Programs
    • Center for Food & Justice: Programs and Initiatives
      • Grocery Accountability Project
      • Community Action (Project CAFÉ)
      • Farm to School
      • Farm to Institution: Distribution Models
      • School Food Environments
      • Affordable Housing/Edible Landscapes
    • Farm to School
      • Farm to school is a school-based program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of:
        • serving healthy meals in school cafeterias
        • improving student nutrition
        • providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities
        • supporting small and medium-sized local and regional farmers
    • Components of Farm to School Local, Farm fresh produce in schools Nutrition Education / Experiential Learning School Gardens, Composting, Recycling Farm tours / Visits by farmers
    • Serving Models
      • Farm Fresh Salad Bar offered as part of the National School Lunch Program.
      • Local food featured in the cafeteria – Harvest of the Month
      • Local food featured at a fundraiser or special event
    • Farm to School Impacts: Student Dietary Behavior AES-WA: Abernathy Elementary School, WA; LSB-CA: Los Angeles Unified Pilot Salad Bar Program, CA; OSB-WA: Olympia Unified School District, WA
      • Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables (+.99 to 1.3 servings/day)
      • Demonstrated willingness to try new foods and healthier options
    • National Farm to School: Program Expansion
      • 1997 – 3 School Districts
      • 2002 - 400 School Districts
      • 2009 – 2000 School Districts
      • National Farm to School Network – 8 Regional Lead Organizations
      • Bi-Annual Farm to Cafeteria Conferences
      • Blogs, YouTube videos, and “Real Food is” contests – communications and networking programs
    • www.farmtoschool.org 40 states, more than 2000 school districts, and more than 8,000 schools Note: Alaska, Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Idaho now have F2S programs
    • National Farm to School Network Networking Training and Technical Assistance Policy Information Services Media and Marketing
    • Farm to Institution: Beyond K-12
      • Farm to Preschool
      • Farm to Hospital
      • Farm to City Hall
      • Farm to Prison
      • Farm to Museum
      • Farm to Restaurant
      • Farm to…
    • Farm to Pre-School
      • By 18 months, French fries are the most common vegetable kids eat.
      • Pilot Programs—will choose two preschool sites
      • Parent Outreach
      • “ Doc Talks”
      • Harvest of the Month Snacks
    • Demographics of pilot sites
      • South Los Angeles
      • Avg. income per household of $17,644
      • El Monte
      • 83% of students qualify for free or reduced price meals
      • Yucca Valley
      • 40% of students qualify for free or reduced price meals
      • Hands-on Nutrition Education
    • Farm tours and other experiential learning opportunities
    • New Institutional Market for Local Farmers
    • Farm to Institution : Distribution Models
      • Farmers’ Market Hub
      • Local School Food Line
      • Farmers’ Collaborative
      • WIC Fresh Food Retail Program
      • Farm Direct
    • Food Justice: An Action-Research Framework
      • Research Action Policy Research
      • Importance of food access
      • Community Engagement to change food environments
      • Farm to Institution Connections
      • School Food as a Key Arena for Change
      • Food Justice and Environmental Justice: Expanding agendas and broadening the constituencies for change
    • www.farmtoschool.org Debra Eschmeyer [email_address] 419-753-3412