- Author: Jairo Diaz
The University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources News and Outreach in Spanish developed videos in English and Spanish of our Farm-to-Preschool Festival.
Video in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtkyotwJ08U&t=7s
Video in Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzRlUeyKXdA
The Festival was held on Saturday January 26, 2019 at the Desert Research and Extension Center. The Festival was funded by First Five Imperial and hosted over 700 participants consisting of families with children 0-5 years of age. There were also over 100 Festival volunteers. The day consisted of hands-on activities related to food and nutrition for young children, physical activity, art and crafts related to food, literacy activities, food tasting, cooking demonstrations and an amazing u-pick produce garden. There were 15 community agencies that attended the Festival as resource tables.
Festival comments and evaluation showed that participants will definitely attend another Festival and consider the event a meaningful educational family event. Some of the participants comments included:
"Taught my child about things that interest her."
"Very interesting and kept his attention."
"Really engaged and held my children's attention."
"Hands on activities were fun for the kids."
"Hands on and tasting."
"Interactive and harvesting is fun for little ones and resources for family."
"Everyone was friendly and very informative."
"Never picked fresh vegetables before."
"Se divertieron mucho."
"All stations gave us knowledge and staff were awesome, helpful, and friendly."
"Interactive, can use at home."
"Baby loved puzzles from yoga, veggies are fun to pick."
"Mostraron como cultivar las verduras."
"Fun physical activities for the kids, quality time, reading, and loved the vegetables."
"Mi hijo se divertio y presto mucha atencion."
"Awesome event! Should do more often."
"Keep up the good work."
"Everything was awesome."
"We had so much fun, please do again."