YMCA of Greater Erie

Downtown YMCA Preschool has been selected to participate in Seed Change, an initiative of the National Farm to School Network aimed at expanding farm to school activities at the state and community level to support better health outcomes for children and strong local economies.

As part of Seed Change, Downtown YMCA Preschool received a $5,000 grant through the National Farm to School Network funded by a generous donation from the Walmart Foundation.

Downtown YMCA Preschool’s farm to school activities include container growing classes, planting and storing while learning how to repair food and a potential aeroponics garden, a garden in which crops grow with just water and air and no soil.

Seed Change is a state-level initiative of the National Farm to School Network designed to jumpstart activities that bring local food into schools and elevate food education for children. With this program, the National Farm to School Network is rapidly scaling up farm to school in states poised for growth and strengthening partnerships for long-term sustainability.

Laura Rosecky, the preschool lead teacher has a lot of excitement for the program. “I am looking forward for the children to learn about growing crops by seeing the process in action,”  Rosecky says.

The program will take place throughout the school year and will include ages 2-5 in childcare at the Downtown YMCA.

To learn more about Seed Change visit www.farmtoschool.org/seedchange.