The Early Spouts Gardening Project is a program in New Hampshire that is similar to Got Dirt? in Wisconsin.
Early Sprouts has a curriculum set up to encourage preschoolers to try new fruits and vegetables. After planting a garden, the Early Sprouts curriculum first has children explore their vegetables with their five senses. Children are encouraged to smell, taste, touch, listen and look at the chosen vegetable for the week.
Next, the class cooks a recipe together using that vegetable.
Finally, at the end of the week, the teachers send children home with their "Family Recipe Kits," which contain the recipe and ingredients to make the same snack that the children made in the class earlier in the week.
The Early Sprouts website provides more detailed instructions about its program, including guidelines for teachers and sample recipes.
The curriculum discussed appears to provide a consistent method for allowing children to interact with and try new vegetables. It also allows children to connect classroom activities with their home lives.
Check out the Early Sprouts website for an interesting approach to incorporating your school garden into your classroom and the homes of your students.