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Early Childhood/Farm to       Preschool         April Bosse    Asheville City Schools  Preschool/Early Head Start       Em...
Stand up if you…
Local food in schoolsFarm field tripsSchool gardensLocal food cookingwww.growing-minds.org
Farm toSchool =Exploringfood and  farms throughhands-onexperienc
Farmer Classroom Visits and        Field TripsAssistance connecting with farmersCurriculum connectionsTraining and reso...
School GardensSeeds and Gift CardsWeekly Garden Newsletter for EducatorsWorkshops and TrainingsResources and LessonsC...
Tastings and Cooking in the                 Classroom   Stipends for food   Assistance sourcing    local   Workshops an...
Local Food for Meals,              Snacks, Events   Training and    workshops for farmers    on selling to school    syst...
Parent Comments“My son was so excited about                    “My daughter enjoyed thesecooking and eating new things    ...
What is Farm to Preschool?Farm to School:  Connects local food producers and   processors with the school cafeteria   or...
Why Farm to Preschool?– Early patterns are a determinant of  later eating/physical activity habits– Dramatic increases in ...
Farm to Preschool    Research       By age 3, many children        develop dislike for vegetables        and are reluctan...
Local food has aface, a connection, and a story
Gardening in the    Preschool SettingPhilosophies and ApproachesGarden DesignTips and Technical InformationLessons and...
Reasons Why Teachers            Should Consider a School Garden                        Project•   Addresses obesity preven...
Philosophies    Gardens are     outdoor learning     environments:     Creating safe, diverse     and developmentally    ...
Teaching by Doing       Modeling is Key:        Creating positive        experiences in outdoor        learning environme...
Dig In!Let’s Get Messy! For preschoolers, gardening is all about involving kids in hands-on explorations. This means stud...
Make it Edible   Let’s Eat! The most    successful preschool    gardens include plants that    produce leaves, fruit, and...
Garden DesignKeep it simpleUse recycled materialsBuild sensory areasMake it something YOU loveIntegrate shade and sit...
Keep It Simple
Prepare a site
Raised Beds
Beds Directly in the Ground
Garden in Containers
Using Recycled Materials
Great Garden Children’s        Books
Garden Stations• Seed Station: sorting seeds, matching game  with seed packets, guessing game with  packets and seeds, pou...
Explorations• Make a garden collection bracelet• Go on a color hunt• Search for insects• Candid camera• Letter hunt• Surpr...
Seasonal Activities• Waking the garden for the season (when school  starts or in the spring)• Putting the garden to bed (w...
Harvest Time• Eat it!• Make snack with the  harvest• Send it home with the kids• Share it with  administration• Donate to ...
Garden Resources Available
www.growing-minds.org
Sustainability   Involve parents and    community   Get plants, seeds, and    amendments for free   Get your administra...
Recruit Help From the    Community
Think Outside of the Garden
Farm to School TastingsA Farm to Preschool taste test is an event that offersstudents small samples of local foods, usuall...
Why a Farm to Preschool taste             test?• Provides students the opportunity to try a variety  of foods, introducing...
Taste and Graph• Show several  varieties of one  fruit or vegetable• Make comparisons  in how they look  or feel• Taste th...
Vegetable Explorations• Read a book about the  veggie• Look at the veggie closely  (with magnifying glasses)• Touch it, sm...
Mystery TastingWhat’s this vegetable? Tasting familiar vegetable in unfamiliar ways  Tasting new and unfamiliar vegetables
Tastings as Snack        • Collaborate with your          food provider to offer          suggestions for snack          b...
How much do tastings         cost?For a class of 20 students:Cherry tomato tasting/exploration: $4Cucumber Exploration: $3...
Community InvolvementWho can help with a tasting? Parents, chefs, college students, seniors, farmersWho can provide food f...
Contact UsTHANK YOU!Emily Jacksonemily@asapconnections.orgwww.growing-minds.orgApril Bosseapril.bosse@asheville.k12.nc.us
Farm to School Institute: Early Childhood Workshop
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Farm to School Institute: Early Childhood Workshop

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Early Childhood workshop with Emily Jackson of ASAP and April Bosse of Asheville City Preschools.

Growing Minds' Farm to School Institute, November 10th 2012, UNC Asheville's Sherrill Center

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Farm to School Institute: Early Childhood Workshop

  1. 1. Early Childhood/Farm to Preschool April Bosse Asheville City Schools Preschool/Early Head Start Emily Jackson ASAP Farm to School Institute
  2. 2. Stand up if you…
  3. 3. Local food in schoolsFarm field tripsSchool gardensLocal food cookingwww.growing-minds.org
  4. 4. Farm toSchool =Exploringfood and farms throughhands-onexperienc
  5. 5. Farmer Classroom Visits and Field TripsAssistance connecting with farmersCurriculum connectionsTraining and resources for farmers and teachersThe HayrideMini-grants
  6. 6. School GardensSeeds and Gift CardsWeekly Garden Newsletter for EducatorsWorkshops and TrainingsResources and LessonsChildren’s Literature
  7. 7. Tastings and Cooking in the Classroom Stipends for food Assistance sourcing local Workshops and Trainings Recipes, lessons, and stickers Cooking equipment Growing Minds’ Best Practices Guide
  8. 8. Local Food for Meals, Snacks, Events Training and workshops for farmers on selling to school systems Resources for Child Nutrition Directors and Cafeteria Managers Get Local Materials Promotional Materials
  9. 9. Parent Comments“My son was so excited about “My daughter enjoyed thesecooking and eating new things projects and bragged about eatingin class. Since then he tries fresh veggies at the farm. Shemore types of food.” tried more raw veggies at home after the farm trip.” “My non-vegetable eating child came home saying he loved kale!” “I think it’s great for children to learn where food comes from, especially since this county once “He tried new things that produced a large number of crops without having tasted and families grew their own them at school he food.” probably wouldnt have had the opportunity.”
  10. 10. What is Farm to Preschool?Farm to School: Connects local food producers and processors with the school cafeteria or kitchen Food- and garden-based education in the classroom, lunchroom, and communityAges 0-5Childcare centers, preschool, Head Start, daycare centers
  11. 11. Why Farm to Preschool?– Early patterns are a determinant of later eating/physical activity habits– Dramatic increases in obesity among preschoolers– Low consumption of fruits and vegetables– Consume as much as 80% of daily nutrients in childcare– Rely on parents/caregivers to create food/activity environments
  12. 12. Farm to Preschool Research By age 3, many children develop dislike for vegetables and are reluctant to eat or taste them (Niklas, et al. 2001) Preference for vegetables in preschool children is a strong predictor of vegetable consumption (Birch, 1979; Harvey-Berino, et al. 1997; Morris & Zidenberg-Cherr, 2002).
  13. 13. Local food has aface, a connection, and a story
  14. 14. Gardening in the Preschool SettingPhilosophies and ApproachesGarden DesignTips and Technical InformationLessons and ActivitiesSustainability
  15. 15. Reasons Why Teachers Should Consider a School Garden Project• Addresses obesity prevention and increases physical activity• Addresses different learning styles• Builds sense of community within a classroom/school• Can improve behaviors• Establishes environmental ethic• Promotes hands-on, interdisciplinary learning• Motivates children to learn• Can be integrated across the curriculum easily• Teaches a good life skill/leisure time activity• Great way to integrate parent participation• Can easily be adapted to teacher’s comfort level
  16. 16. Philosophies Gardens are outdoor learning environments: Creating safe, diverse and developmentally appropriate outdoor leaning environments can offer benefits across curriculum and developmental areas.
  17. 17. Teaching by Doing Modeling is Key: Creating positive experiences in outdoor learning environments lies not only in the physical environment but with the modeling and behavior of caregivers.
  18. 18. Dig In!Let’s Get Messy! For preschoolers, gardening is all about involving kids in hands-on explorations. This means students allowing students to get dirty, dig deep into activities, turn over rocks, touch plants, and learn unfettered in a safe, dynamic outdoor environment.
  19. 19. Make it Edible Let’s Eat! The most successful preschool gardens include plants that produce leaves, fruit, and roots that kids can eat (rather than just flowers). Because children will eat what they grow, the school garden is the perfect vehicle for encouraging children to try new foods.
  20. 20. Garden DesignKeep it simpleUse recycled materialsBuild sensory areasMake it something YOU loveIntegrate shade and sitting areasCreate an interactive space
  21. 21. Keep It Simple
  22. 22. Prepare a site
  23. 23. Raised Beds
  24. 24. Beds Directly in the Ground
  25. 25. Garden in Containers
  26. 26. Using Recycled Materials
  27. 27. Great Garden Children’s Books
  28. 28. Garden Stations• Seed Station: sorting seeds, matching game with seed packets, guessing game with packets and seeds, pouring and touch• Herb Station: blind smell, herb crowns• Soil/digging station: sorting and observing soil, soil painting, exploring different types of soil (loam, clay, sand)• Water station: water wall, water mixing, pouring and funneling,• Insect Station: hay, rocks, leaves
  29. 29. Explorations• Make a garden collection bracelet• Go on a color hunt• Search for insects• Candid camera• Letter hunt• Surprise Bag
  30. 30. Seasonal Activities• Waking the garden for the season (when school starts or in the spring)• Putting the garden to bed (when school ends or in the winter)• Covering and uncovering the garden during cool months.• Solstice celebrations and how they relate to the garden (winter solstice—shortest day of the year, summer—longest day of the year)• Frost Observation
  31. 31. Harvest Time• Eat it!• Make snack with the harvest• Send it home with the kids• Share it with administration• Donate to people in need
  32. 32. Garden Resources Available
  33. 33. www.growing-minds.org
  34. 34. Sustainability Involve parents and community Get plants, seeds, and amendments for free Get your administration involved Make a routine Enjoy it!
  35. 35. Recruit Help From the Community
  36. 36. Think Outside of the Garden
  37. 37. Farm to School TastingsA Farm to Preschool taste test is an event that offersstudents small samples of local foods, usually freshfruits and vegetables. Anyone can organize a Farm toPreschool taste test: teachers, school administration,a chef, a parent, food service staff, a school nurse,students, etc.
  38. 38. Why a Farm to Preschool taste test?• Provides students the opportunity to try a variety of foods, introducing them to foods that are locally grown and in season (and taste great!).• Facilitates a change in food choices, thus allowing new and local foods that are accepted by students to be integrated into school snacks and meals.• Creates positive food environments.• Encourages children to be more willing to try new foods and home and school• Is a fun and memorable experience.
  39. 39. Taste and Graph• Show several varieties of one fruit or vegetable• Make comparisons in how they look or feel• Taste them• Vote• Make a pictograph of the votes
  40. 40. Vegetable Explorations• Read a book about the veggie• Look at the veggie closely (with magnifying glasses)• Touch it, smell it, draw it• Tell a story about the vegetable• Learn more-fun facts, how it grows, how to cook it• Try it!
  41. 41. Mystery TastingWhat’s this vegetable? Tasting familiar vegetable in unfamiliar ways Tasting new and unfamiliar vegetables
  42. 42. Tastings as Snack • Collaborate with your food provider to offer suggestions for snack based on your tasting projects and curriculum. Can the food provider send carrot sticks, different types of apples, cucumbers, or other fresh fruits and vegetables for snack?
  43. 43. How much do tastings cost?For a class of 20 students:Cherry tomato tasting/exploration: $4Cucumber Exploration: $3Cabbage tasting: $3-4Sweet potato tasting:$2Apple tasting (Two months): $4-6Lettuce Tasting: $3Strawberry tasting: $3-4Total: $20-25
  44. 44. Community InvolvementWho can help with a tasting? Parents, chefs, college students, seniors, farmersWho can provide food for a tasting? Local grocery stores, hospitals, businesses
  45. 45. Contact UsTHANK YOU!Emily Jacksonemily@asapconnections.orgwww.growing-minds.orgApril Bosseapril.bosse@asheville.k12.nc.us

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