Knowledge Base: Farm to School Tools, resources and thought leadership in regional food

Preschool and Kindergarten

  • Kindergarten Initiative's Toolkit for Healthy Eating
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    The Kindergarten Initiative, a program of The Food Trust in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, promotes healthy communities by teaching young children and their parents about food, farms and nutrition. The Toolkit describes how the program was implemented, includes a variety of activities, and demonstrates options for implementing a similar program in your area. (2.1 MB PDF)

  • Growing Minds farm to school Program Lesson Plans
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    A program of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, the Growing Minds lesson plan webpage has FREE materials for educators including activities listed by grade level, season, and topic, as well as teacher planning resources.

  • Early Sprouts: Gardening and Nutrition for Young Children
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    This program features a 24-week gardening and nutrition curriculum that addresses young children's inherent fear of new foods through multiple exposures to target fruits and vegetables.Available for purchase ($24.95) on the website or through Amazon, provides directions for designing and caring for gardens, recipes children can help prepare, and ways to involve the whole family in making healthy food choices.

  • Food from the Farm Kindergarten Lesson Guide
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    Food From the Farm is a kindergarten farm to school program that encourages eating local fruits and vegetables, and helps kids understand where their food comes from. This holistic program includes classroom education, experiential learning through farm trips, multiple exposures to local fruits and vegetables through classroom tastings and parent engagement. (0 B EDU/P/N760)

  • From the Farm to You Children’s Reading Book
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    Do you ever think about where your food comes from? How did it get to your grocery store, school or farmers market? Travel with Tomás the Tomato on this journey from the farm to your table. (0 B EDU/P/N761)

  • From the Farm to You Coloring Book
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    From the Farm to You Coloring Book is intended for preschool through early elementary school age children. Created for the kindergarten farm to school program Food From the Farm, this coloring book can be used to supplement farm to school and school garden programs, or can form the basis of a classroom farm to table unit. (0 B EDU/P/N764)

  • From the Farm to You DVD
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    From the Farm to You DVD is intended for preschool through early elementary school age children. Created for the kindergarten farm to school program Food From the Farm, this 2012 Telly Award winning video can be used to supplement farm to school and school garden programs, or can form the basis of a classroom farm to table unit. (0 B EDU/P/N762)

  • Kaiser Permanente

    Kaiser Permanente Northwest's Community Benefit program supports Ecotrust's Farm to School program with a Healthy Food Access grant that facilitates the purchase of more healthy, regionally produced food by school districts in the region and connects them with small, medium-sized, and minority-owned food producers in their communities.

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