Feed Communities’ Farm to Preschool Program
Feed Communities’ Farm to Preschool program aims to educate young children about growing and eating nutritious food. This program serves as an extension of Farm to School, a nation wide program that aims to integrate experiential nutrition and garden activities into early education, so as to influence eating habits and lifestyle choices of young children.
The basic goals of our Farm to Preschool program include promoting and increasing access to local foods, supporting school gardening, and offering nutrition and garden-based curricula for early childhood programs. We achieve these goals by providing weekly garden club educational activities, curriculum support, and supporting Head Start gardens in whatever ways we can. Our help can range from weeding gardens to providing yearly garden planting plans for Head Start gardens.
We currently are partnered with three local Head Start Centers. Combined, these schools allow our Farm to Preschool programming to reach approximately 120 low-income children. Our garden club programming includes planting, watering, composting, harvesting, and tasting. These activities allow children to get their hands dirty in an outdoor classroom setting and more importantly, they become directly involved with the food they are consuming.
Ellen Smith Center
Feed Communities has provided Garden Club programming at the Ellen Smith Center Head Start Center for 3 years. We head out to their garden weekly to plant, maintain, and harvest produce with their students and teach them all about growing their own food!
EOA Children's House
Our newest partnership, Feed Communities is excited to have a part in helping Children’s House develop their school garden program. Providing monthly garden club classes, we will partner with teachers to maintain a successful garden and teach their kiddos about healthy eating and lifestyle choices!
Ivory M. Conley
We work with staff at the IMC Head Start to provide weekly garden club classes to their students and to support teachers in the garden with their students. The IMC garden is primarily maintained by their staff and Feed Communities is excited to continue to have a part in garden club education with IMC as our partner.
How You Can Help:
Volunteer with us! We could always use friendly volunteers who enjoy working with preschoolers. If you are interested in helping with Garden Club classes, contact Ken.
Support us monetarily. Our Farm to Preschool programming is run from the generosity of our donors. Please consider making a monetary donation to support purchasing of seeds, soil, and other gardening materials required to support our Garden Club classes. Click here to make a donation today!