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You’re Invited to our Farm to Preschool Meet & Greets!

Trying brocolli, croppedAre you a farmer or distributor who wants to sell to a preschool? Well, you’re invited to attend Georgia’s first Farm to Preschool Meet and Greets, which will serve as an opportunity for local farmers and distributors to meet with representatives from preschools and early childcare centers, and discuss opportunities for buying and selling fresh, local food. There are a variety of models sell local food to preschools, including CSAs, farm direct, farmers markets and distributors.

Thanks to support from the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), Georgia Organics will be hosting two Meet and Greets in January, where local farmers and distributors can connect with preschools and early childcare centers. Details are below.

Prior to the Meet and Greet, Georgia Organics will host a workshop for Georgia DECAL’s Farm to Preschool Grant recipients. If space opens up, Georgia Organics will allow other childcare centers to attend, but priority will be given to CACFP providers.

Where and when are the Meet and Greets? (you may choose to come to one or both)

Saturday, January 17, 2014
College Heights Early Learning Center
917 S McDonough St, Decatur, GA 30030
11:45 am – 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 22, 2014
Rancho Alegre Farm
2225 Givens Rd, Dacula, GA 30019
11:45 am – 2:30 p.m.

How do I register? Please register by January 2, 2015 by emailing erin@georgioarganics.org or calling Erin Croom at 404 481 5015. Bonus! The first 10 farmers to sign up will receive a travel stipend to attend.

Will lunch be included? Of course! A local, delicious lunch is included.

Who will attend? Farmer and distributors will join representatives from a variety of preschool and childcare settings will attend: Head Start, center-based, programs in K-12 school districts, nurseries and family home care facilities. These preschool and childcare participants were selected to receive a Farm to Preschool grant from the Georgia Department of Early Care and Leaning, and are interested in learning how to procure local food and connect with local farmers. Georgia Organics and Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning will facilitate the discussion.

What is Farm to Preschool?
Farm to Preschool is a natural expansion of the national farm to school model and encompasses a wide range of programs and activities.  Farm to Preschool serves the full spectrum of child care delivery: preschools, Head Start, center-based, programs in K-12 school districts, nurseries and family home care facilities. Program components can include the following: sourcing local foods in school snacks and meals; promoting and increasing access to local foods for providers and families; offering nutrition and/or garden-based curricula; school gardening; in-class food preparation and taste testing; field trips to farms, farmers’ markets and community gardens; parent workshops; implementing preschool wellness policies which address Farm to Preschool principles; and influencing policies at the local, state or national level.

Where can I learn more about Farm to Preschool?
For more information on Farm to Preschool, click here. Also, the 2015 Georgia Farm to School & Preschool Summit will feature an educational session and a 4-hour Friday workshop on Farm to Preschool on Feb. 19 & 20.

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