In 2015, the Head Start and State Preschool programs operated by the Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE) invited Yolo Farm to Fork to initiate a garden-learning component in one of their centers serving over 100 children. Through this pilot project the children at that center can now grow, harvest, and happily eat the organic produce from their garden. Founded on the crucial importance of good nutrition and dietary habits for young children, Seeding a Healthy Tomorrow (SaHT) seeks to expand this successful pilot in ways that empower both preschool children and their families to grow and consume more local, organic produce, habituating their taste for fresh and healthy fruit and vegetables.
In 2016, YF2F and YCOE collaborated again to continue the garden-based learning at the Lincoln Child Center in Woodland and expanded the opportunity to the preschoolers and teachers at a second site located in West Sacramento. Seeding a Healthy Tomorrow creates a public/private capacity-building partnership with the goal of improving the nutrition of 350 children and their families in six Head Start centers throughout Yolo County. Many of the three- to five-year-old children at Head Start come from food insecure families. 100% of those families live at or below the federal poverty level. Over 30% of these preschool children are already overweight or obese, precursors to future health problems. The need to improve their dietary habits is critical to their future success in school.
You can also download our Garden Companion for the Young Child to learn about gardening and nutrition activities you can do with your tiny person at home.
Download – Garden Companion for the Young Child
For more information about our Seeding a Healthy Tomorrow program, please email, LittleFarmers@yolofarmtofork.org