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Farm to Preschool New York

Farm to Preschool NY (F2P NY) is a USDA approved program that is affiliated with Eat Well Play Hard in Child Care Settings through the New York State Department of Health. The SNAP-Ed funded program aims to increase access to locally sourced fresh fruits and vegetables for food insecure families throughout New York State. The F2P NY programs are managed by child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies in the Capital District, Rochester, Long Island, and New York City. In 2015, F2P NY is expected to grow by adding additional CCR&R agencies and child care centers that host F2P NY programs.
Farm to Preschool NY offers several models for improving access to local fruits and vegetables. All CCR&R agencies offer child care gardening tools and technical support to participating child care centers. The following Farm to Preschool NY programs utilize a farmers’ market model at child care centers:

The Farm to Preschool Market offers a comfortable location for children and families to learn about and sample fresh fruits and vegetables directly from local farmers. Each CCR&R uses a slightly different approach at the child care based farmers’ market yet all been successful in increasing consumption of fresh, local fruits and vegetables in NY.
With the culture of health being farther advanced in NYC, the New York City Health Department uses a community supported agriculture (CSA) model. Registered dietitians regularly offered cooking and nutrition based classes for families in nine different child care centers in four boroughs. CSA boxes were provided at a subsidized cost to increase participation.

No matter which model was used, families were able to participate in gardening activities with their children, learn how to use produce that was unfamiliar to them or even what to do with the common tomato, sample new recipes, and at some locations participate in a brief physical activity.