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Farm to Preschool National Survey of Programs 2012

This survey is a collaborative project on behalf of the Farm to Preschool Subcommittee of the National Farm to School Network. The survey is being administered by Stacey Sobell and Katy Pelissier at Ecotrust, and by Dr. Betty Izumi at Portland State University.

We estimate that this questionnaire will take 10-15 minutes to complete. One survey respondent will be selected at random to receive a $500 prize to use towards their Farm to Preschool efforts.

The goal of this survey is to collect program information from any persons doing childcare work that could fall under the broad heading of “Farm to Preschool,” even if that is not the official title of the program or curriculum. This includes all models of public and private childcare delivery (including but not limited to: preschools, Head Start, home-based care, etc.) and any combination of activities (detailed below).

Farm to School activities vary within each community, but may include purchasing local food for meals and snacks, bringing students to farms and farmers into the classroom, teaching students how to cook or prepare locally grown food, and edible (pre)school gardens. The terms “local food” or “regional food” usually refer to agricultural products that were grown, raised, or produced within a specified area (state, region, within 100 miles, etc.). For the purposes of this survey, the definition of the specific area considered to be “local” will be determined by the individual food buyer. The intent behind “buying local” is to support one’s regional food economy, as well as socially just and environmentally sound food production practices.

If you are not currently involved in any Farm to Preschool related activities, please let us know that in this survey as well. If you are not sure if your program could be considered “Farm to Preschool,” please feel free to contact Katy Pelissier at kpelissier@ecotrust.org or at 503-467-0763. We would appreciate it if you would help us distribute the link to this survey widely, to other programs or networks that might qualify. This survey is intended to help the national Subcommittee better understand the scope of Farm to Preschool activities already happening across the country. This survey will provide a baseline of Farm to Preschool activities across the country and we need your input.

We estimate that this questionnaire will take 10-15 minutes to complete. We ask that you complete the questionnaire to the best of your knowledge. If you would prefer to complete this questionnaire by phone or complete a paper version, please contact:

Katy Pelissier, Ecotrust Farm to School Assistant
Email: kpelissier@ecotrust.org
Phone: 503-467-0763

Please note: Your participation in this survey is entirely voluntary. You must be 18 years of age or older to complete this survey. You may choose not to participate or you may choose to skip questions or discontinue your participation at any time without penalty. Information collected as part of this survey will be grouped together for reporting purposes. There are no anticipated risks to you for participating. We anticipate that you, as a Farm to Preschool practitioner, will benefit from helping to shape the Farm to Preschool movement.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or need more information. Please also feel free to contact the Human Subjects Research Review Committee if you have any concerns (Research and Strategic Partnerships, Market Center Building 6th floor, 1600 SW 4th Ave, Portland OR 97201, 503-725-2243).

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Sincerely,

The Farm to Preschool Subcommittee co-leads: Emily Jackson, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture, Southeast Regional Lead, NFSN; Zoë Phillips, Urban Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College; and Stacey Sobell, Ecotrust, Western Regional Lead, NFSN

Article source: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NationalFarmtoPreschoolSurvey2012

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