Georgia Farm to Preschool
Farm to Preschool is a new initiative that grew out of the Farm to School movement and encompasses a wide range of programs and activities. It strives to encourage young children to like eating fresh fruits and vegetables while their preferences are still forming. It also encourages healthy choices in children throughout their lives by offering experiences with good nutrition and hands-on education through cooking and gardening. Farm to Preschool also improves access to healthy food at home and in the community.
Farm to Preschool Programs Include:
- Edible School Gardens
- Cooking with Kids
- Taste Tests
- Farm Field Trips
- Nutrition Education
- Involving Parents and the Community
For any questions that aren’t answered below, check out this Farm to Preschool FAQ from Bright from the Start: Georgia Dept. of Early Care and Learning.
- Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables is a free curriculum resource from USDA’s Team Nutrition. It is a garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to three fruits (peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe) and three vegetables (spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash).
Edible School Gardens
- VIDEO: Using the Garden as an Educational Tool
- VIDEO: Building a Garden for Peschoolers
- These great guide will show you how to start a preschool garden.
- Planting Guidelines from Bright from the Start. The plants on this list are NOT restricted. Rather, they are plants to be mindful of if you do choose to grow them. Some listed plants (i.e.: tomatoes and potatoes) ARE edible. However, certain parts of the plant could be harmful if swallowed. Using gardens to teaching children where food comes from and what parts of the plant to eat is important!
Cooking with Kids
- VIDEO: Cooking with Preschoolers
- VIDEO: Seasonal Snacks for Preschoolers
- Find a chef in your area who will visit your center here.
Local Food Procurement
- VIDEO: Local Food Procurement in Child Care Centers
- Check out these tips for getting started in local food procurement.
- Find a local farm to connect with here.
- Find out if your public school district is purchasing local food by checking out this list. Contact the district school nutrition director to share resources!