Farm to Preschool

Farm to Preschool: Harvest of the Month Program

The Farm-to-Preschool project represents an ongoing effort to promote healthy, fresh food access and improve preschoolers' eating habits.  The Initiative and its partners (Occidental College Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, YMCA Childcare Resource Service and North County Community Services) have established these efforts locally.

Click here to learn more about Occidental College Urban & Environmental Policy Institute's collaborative Farm-to-Preschool programming.

Click here for more information on preliminary results of these efforts in Los Angeles and San Diego counties.



This specially-adapted version of Harvest of the Month (HOM) provides teachers with a variety of lessons and activities to build young learners' (ages 2-5) healthy eating habits.  The HOM curriculum takes preschoolers on a "journey" to meet farmers and learn about local agriculture, explore the multiple benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables, and sample the fruits of California's bountiful harvest.


Harvest of the Month 2009-2010



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Harvest of the Month 2010-2011



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May 2011

  • Coming soon!






National Farm to Preschool Website

The Farm to Preschool Subcommittee of the National Farm to School Network hosts this website to provide current and prospective farm to preschool practitioners and advocates the resources to create and sustain local farm to preschool programs. Visit their website to view information on model programs, funding sources, federal and state policy, and helpful publications and presentations. The website is administered by Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif.

Let's Move! Child Care's Farm to Preschool Webinar

Michelle Obama's national initiative Let's Move! Child Care sponsored a webinar, "Farm to Preschool - Digging in to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity," which was recorded on September 12, 2012, and is now available online! Listen to Farm to Preschool experts and providers share their experiences incorporating Farm to Preschool activities in their programs.

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  • If today‚Äôs current trend continues, it is anticipated that 1 in 3 children born in the US after the year 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes (American Diabetes Association, 2009).
  • Overweight children are far more likely to be obese as adults (California Center of Public Health Advocacy, 2009)
  • Walking and biking have decreased more than 40% during the past 3 decades, partly because of unsafe routes and poor walking conditions (Active Living Research, 2009).

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