Farm to Early Care and Education Curricula

National Farm to School Network
October 12, 2021

The following list contains all of the farm to early care and education curricula available through the National Farm to School Network. This list was initially created and most recently updated October 2021.

Preschool Lesson Plans by Growing Minds by Growing Minds Program - Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Program (ASAP)

Exploring local food and farms with your young learners doesn’t have to be challenging! These preschool lesson plans are an easy way to build connections between the outdoor environment and the classroom while introducing children to new fruits and vegetables.

Pint Sized Produce by Renewing the Countryside

Pint Size Produce features produce and products grown in the midwest. Each activity suite includes an activity plan, a parent handout, and a half page flier highlighting key information. They are available in PDF as well as PowerPoint formats so providers and others can modify to meet their needs. Access the resource here.

Grow It, Try, It, Like It! by USDA 

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.

QAQAMIIĜUX̂: Head Start Traditional Foods Preschool Curriculum by Aleutian Pribilof Island Association

Provides a series of lessons and activities that preschool teachers can use to teach the nutritional value of the local, traditional foods in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands Region. The aim is to provide a culturally-relevant nutrition curriculum specific to the foods in the region.

Project Learning Garden Lessons by Captain Planet Foundation

Gardens can be used to create context and for teaching/applying concepts and skills across all subjects. Project Learning Garden provides numerous lesson activities or “Explorations” (organized thematically in “Collections”) for every grade level – Early Childhood through 8th Grade.  These Explorations can be easily integrated into your scope and sequence and are aligned to support Common Core and Next Generation Science standards. 

Harvest For Healthy Kids by Portland State University and Mt. Hood Community College

Harvest for Healthy Kids gives you everything you need to inspire children with fresh food grown close to home. Download free activity kits developed by teachers and childcare providers, and help a new generation thrive. This is the English version. A Spanish version is also available here

Hay Verduras? by Community GroundWorks and Wisconsin Department of Health Services

This garden-based nutrition education curriculum features seven full lesson plans that are aligned with Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Nutrition, Health, Science, and other related subjects.  A series of shorter garden-based activities is also included. 

Farm to Head Start Harvest of the Month by Lycoming College and STEPS Head Start

The Farm to Head Start Harvest of the Month curriculum, developed by students of Lycoming College Teacher Certification Program in partnership with STEP Head Start of Pennsylvania, offers 12 months worth of creative and engaging activities aimed at introducing children to fruits and vegetables through sensory exploration while learning about the health benefits of fresh produce. Activities and lesson plans include Head Start, Early Head Start, and home based resources and align with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. 

How’s it Growing? by Children's Country Day School

Lesson plans on planning, planting, maintaining, and cooking from the preschool garden.  Includes a list of 50 garden-themed books.  

Farm to Preschool Resources by Growing Minds 

A comprehensive suite of farm to preschool resources from Northern Carolina. Resources include lesson plans, developing sensory gardens for infants and toddlers, a plant list for preschool gardens, and weekly "This Week in the Garden" activity sheets.

Our First Harvest/Nuestra Primera Cosecha: A Bilingual Garden-Based Early Childhood Curriculum by City Blossoms

A bilingual year-round curriculum consisting of 30 garden-related lessons plus all kinds of resources and helpful hints. Lessons align with typical educational standards and investigate topics like observing plant life cycles, garden insects, creating nature-inspired artwork, and making kid-friendly garden recipes.

Farm to Keiki Corner  by Da Bux

Website with a variety of free, fun and educational farm to ECE resources. Includes an activity book, coloring pages and the farm to Keiki book with garden based lesson plans and recipes.

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