" Sourcing foods from local producers teaches children about healthy eating.
Little Sheep Learning Center (LSLC) in Bastrop used a Farm to Child Care (F2CC) grant to establish a purchasing relationship with a local farmers market in Bastrop and establish a center garden to educate children about the importance of healthy eating. Sourcing foods from local producers teaches children about healthy eating by connecting them with the good taste of fresh foods and the knowledge that comes from eating produce in season.
Children Experience Agriculture in the Garden
LSLC created a campus garden to teach children about farming and growing their own produce. The kids enjoyed getting their hands dirty and learning about where their food comes from. Activities included cleaning and tilling the garden, picking the produce from the garden, and sampling the produce grown from the garden. When the fruits and vegetables are ripe, the children harvest them and bring the produce to the kitchen manager who incorporates them in the lunch menus. The children enjoyed eating tomatoes and squash the most. Tomatoes were used to make a tomato salad that the kids really loved.
LSLC Teaches Good Nutrition and Agriculture
Educational activities were conducted by a parent that works for Texas Parks and Wildlife. The books listed under resources were utilized in educational activities.
Teachers incorporated recipes in their lesson plans to make learning fun for the children and to teach children to prepare simple and healthy dishes.
Little Sheep Learning Center continues its relationship with local farmers market in Bastrop and the center garden is growing strong with the help of staff, parents and children.
Titles for kids about Gardening
- The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
- The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons
- Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
- Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert