"But if you don't offer it to them and it's never offered to them, they'll never try it." That's the argument offered by Cari Todd, director of New Horizon Academy, regarding attempts to get children to try healthier foods.
The Rochester child care center has decided not only to serve healthier food to its child customers, it is making sure to incorporate locally sourced foods as part of the eco-friendly Farm2NHA (the NHA stands for New Horizon Academy) program.
Cara Johnson-Bader, director of parent experiences for New Horizon Academy, said the child care centers formed a partnership last year with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy where children would be introduced to a new locally grown food that would be incorporated each week into a new snack or meal.
In addition to the locally sourced food, the program includes a garden at each child care center, classroom curriculum, interaction with nearby farmers, and community involvement.