Farm to Preschool
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What is Farm to Preschool?
Farm to Preschool (F2PS) encompasses efforts to serve local or regionally produced foods in early child care and education settings; provide hands-on learning activities such as gardening, farm visits, and culinary activities; and integrate food-related education into the curriculum.
Florida Farm to Preschool for Early Care and Education Providers | Florida Department of Health
Developed by Florida Health's Child Care Food Program, the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, this guide brings the farm to preschool with quick tips on how to teach healthy habits through outside play, school gardens and locally-produced foods.
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What are the benefits of joining the F2PS movement?
- Young children learn where their food comes from
- Increases children’s willingness to try new foods
- Encourages lifelong healthy eating habits
- Promotes physical activity through gardening activities
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recognizes it as an opportunity to increase access to healthy environments for improved early eating habits and obesity prevention
To join F2PS, simply participate in one or more of the following branches:
- Grow an edible garden on or near the facility, or participate with a community garden.
- Gather locally grown foods from farms or farmers’ markets.
- Grasp knowledge about fresh fruits and vegetables and where foods come from through nutrition and/or garden-based curricula, involving kids in taste tests, and by cooking with the kids.
- FAQ - Frequently asked questions about Farm to Preschool practices