October 2017
Now Available! Texas Harvest of the Month Materials
 
TDA's newly launched Harvest of the Month materials help cultivate a healthy connection to local food and farms by increasing children's understanding of seasonal foods. Children need a minimum of 15 unique exposures to a new food before they will accept it and these materials work hand in hand with taste testing and learning opportunities to reduce a child's reluctance to try foods and get students excited about making the right choice.
 
Materials include posters, product sheets and farmer profiles. All tools can be used in a variety of settings including classrooms and the cafeteria.
 
The following materials are now available for download:
Product Sheets - nutritional information and seasonal and regional availability.
Farmer Profiles - profiles of select farmers and ranchers currently participating in the Farm Fresh Initiative. 
Product Posters - advertisements for seasonal fruits and vegetables.
 
Visit Squaremeals.org/HarvestoftheMonth to request the full suite of materials.
Farm to School Spotlight
 
Farm to child care  and the early care and education community share similar goals. There is a particularly strong alignment between Farm to child care and Head Start priorities including an emphasis on experiential learning opportunities, parents and community engagement, and life-long health and wellness for children, families and caregivers.
 
To assist Head Start stakeholders with implementation of Farm to child care, the National Farm to School Network has created Growing Head Start Success with Farm to Early Care and Education . The new, comprehensive resource aims to promote understanding among Head Start stakeholders of how farm to child care supports achievement of Head Start Program Performance Standards and contributes to learning and development benchmarks as outlined in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework

 
Upcoming Conference: Texas Association for the Education of the Young Child (TAEYC): The Joy in Learning, San Antonio, October, 19-21
 
Join TAEYC for the 53rd Annual Conference this October 19-21 in San Antonio. This year's conference theme is The Joy in Learning. Click here to register.  
Farm to Child Care Spotlight
 
Farm to child care  and the early care and education community share similar goals. There is a particularly strong alignment between Farm to child care and Head Start priorities including an emphasis on experiential learning opportunities, parents and community engagement, and life-long health and wellness for children, families and caregivers.
 
To assist Head Start stakeholders with implementation of Farm to child care, the National Farm to School Network has created Growing Head Start Success with Farm to Early Care and Education . The new, comprehensive resource aims to promote understanding among Head Start stakeholders of how farm to child care supports achievement of Head Start Program Performance Standards and contributes to learning and development benchmarks as outlined in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework

 
Upcoming Conference: Texas Association for the Education of the Young Child (TAEYC): The Joy in Learning, San Antonio, October, 19-21
 
Join TAEYC for the 53rd Annual Conference this October 19-21 in San Antonio. This year's conference theme is The Joy in Learning. Click here to register.  


Contact TDA
Emilee Case
Coordinator for Farm Fresh Projects

Email us or call
(877) TEX-MEAL
Connect with Others
Texas Statewide Network
This LinkedIn Group is an online network connecting schools, child and adult care centers, producers, support organizations and community members with important information about expanding local food efforts in Texas.
 
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Texas Farm Fresh Network
Use this tool to connect with Texas food companies that currently sell or are interested in selling to schools, child care centers and summer meal programs. Company listings include contact information, product availability and distribution radius.
Funding Opportunities
Financial support from organizations may help establish or advance local Farm Fresh initiatives.
 
Go here  for a list of opportunities from TDA, USDA and other organizations.