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National Farm to School Network – Farm to Preschool Subcommittee

The Farm to Preschool Subcommittee of the National Farm to School Network was formed in the Spring of 2011 at the Community Food Security Coalition’s State and Local Food Policy conference to better support rapidly growing interest in Farm to Preschool programming from diverse stakeholders and promote the benefits it offers to preschool-aged populations and their families. The Subcommittee, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is engaged in building a national Farm to Preschool network, has conducted a national survey of programs, offered a workshop and other sessions at the 2012 Farm to Cafeteria conference in Burlington, Vermont in August 2012, and functions as a forum for sharing and disseminating best practices in the field.

The Subcommittee creates and disseminates monthly newsletters for members and all interested stakeholders which highlight policy and program news from around the country focused on Farm to Preschool efforts. If you are interested in receiving these emailed newsletters, please sign up at the bottom of any page of this website "Newsletter Sign Up."  We also archive all newsletters and Subcommittee meeting minutes on this website for easy access.

There are currently five active work groups within the Subcommittee which are led by members and other stakeholders.  Work groups include: Communications, Producers/Procurement, Pre-Service Training, CACFP and Research and Evaluation.

Subcommittee Meeting Agenda



May 16

April 18

March 21

February 21


November 15

October 18

September 20

August 16

July 19

June 21

May 17

April 19

March 15

February 16
January 19


November 14
October 20
August 23


Subcommittee E-Newsletters

April 2013

March 2013

February 2013

January 2013

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012


Subcommittee Materials

Fact Sheet
National Farm to Preschool Survey Results 2012
2012 Farm to Cafeteria Presentation


Subcommittee Members



Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
Southeast Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network

Emily Jackson

Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network

Stacey Sobell

Urban & Environmental Policy Institute
Occidental College

Zoë Phillips



    Katy Pelissier



Center for Regional Food Systems, Michigan State University

Laura Goddeeris

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity

Diane Harris

Child Care Aware of America

Karen Davis-Platt

Child Care Development Services

Carolyn Morrison

Farm to Keiki

Tiana Kamen

Food Research and Action Center

Geri Henchy

Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association of Delaware

David Marvel

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Erin McKee

Massachusetts Farm to School Project

Kelly Erwin

Montana State University

Carmen Byker

National Association for Family Child Care

Barbara Sawyer

National Farm to School Network

Mary Stein

National Head Start Association

Jane Adams

National Indian Child Care Association

Colusa Indian Community Hand-in-Hand Learning Center

Kim Nall

Neighborhood House Association

Kristine Smith

Northeastern University

Cathy Wirth

Partnership for a Healthier America

Caitlin McKeown

Shelburne Farms

Linda Wellings

The Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition

Amy Yaroch

U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services,

Administration for Children and Families

Kam Sripada

U.S. Dept of Agriculture, CACFP

Traci Mouw

U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service

Alicia Rampulla

Western Carolina University

Sherry Robison