Northeast Farm to Preschool Forum
Come join farmers and preschool providers for this full day forum to explore ways to bring joy and wonder to early childhood through agriculture. This day gathering will give you tools for engaging children on a farm or in a garden, as well as tips for bringing agriculture into the classroom and/or meal and snack programs. Share activities, explore safety and risk, try kid-friendly recipes, and discuss the exciting intersection where seed to table and sun to soil meet preschool. Included in this forum are afternoon field trips to local farms to experience on-farm activities (participants are asked to drive themselves or carpool). You'll leave with ideas of how to bring farm-based and food-based education to your students!
This $20 registration cost covers your participation in the Northeast Farm to School Forum. Included in this registration are all site and program fees, lunch, and day-of materials. In an effort to keep the registration cost low and accessible, event organizers are asking you to drive or carpool to the farm field trips in the afternoon, all of which are within a 15 mile drive of the forum site.
Workshop topics – Participants will choose 2 workshops during the day of event. Detailed descriptions will be available in event program you receive when you check in.
- Cooking with Kids and Setting Up Taste Test Programs
- Early Sprouts Curriculum
- Building and Maintaining School Gardens
- Panel of Successful Farm to Preschool Programs from across New England
- Financial and Material Resources for Your Program
- Cultivating Joy and Wonder in Young Children
- Setting up a Farmer Relationship for Visits and Purchasing Products
- Hands-on Classroom Activities
Afternoon Farm Field Trips: Participants will choose 1 field trip day of event. Detailed descriptions will be available in event program you receive when you check in.
- Touchstone Farm
- Otter Brook Farm and Happy Valley School
- Brooks’ Side Farm
- Stonewall Farm
Note: We will make every possible accommodation to meet your dietary restrictions. We will have vegetarian options available and will label all food served with ingredients.
Event hosts: The Farm Based Education Network, Northeast Steering Committee of the National Farm to School Network, NH Farm to School Program, Cornucopia Project, Massachusetts Farm to School Project, Farm Fresh RI, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, USDA Food Nutrition Services, Shelburne Farms, Vermont FEED, Otter Brook Farm, Happy Valley School
For more information please visit www.farmbasededucation.org/events/preschool or contact:
Dana Hudson: 802.233.1274 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacey Purslow: 603.862.2542 or email@example.com
Registration ends 9/30/13.
Registration ends 9/30/13.
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