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State Farm to School Policy Handbook

by National Farm to School Network and Center for Agriculture and Food Systems | 13-Jun-2019

The State Farm to School Policy Handbook: 2002-2018 summarizes and analyzes farm to school bills and resolutions introduced between January 1, 2002, and December 31, 2018, from the 50 states, DC, and the U.S. territories. It also include analysis of state legislative trends, summaries of proposed bills, case studies, and additional resources for advocates.

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State Farm to School Positions Guide

by National Farm to School Network | 31-Jan-2019

This resource includes a list of existing state farm to school positions - both in state agencies and in university Extension offices - four state case studies, an analysis of the current landscape of state farm to school positions, and sample job descriptions for some of the positions featured in the resource.

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Children's Literature by Growing Minds

by Growing Minds Program -- Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Program (ASAP) | 13-Jan-2021

Welcome to our Farm to School bookshelf! Search the ever-growing database to find our recommendations, which are perfect for teaching about gardening, cooking, farms, or food. Use our list to find literature for the classroom, home, or even to start your own Farm to School book collection.

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Local Foods: Child Care Center Fruit & Vegetable Gardening Series

by Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) in collaboration with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and NC Cooperative Extension | 13-Jan-2021

This series has 8 publications all related to building the best garden for your childcare center. The publications include details on creating a childcare garden, growing and preparing fruits and vegetables in both warm and cool seasons, snacking and cooking techniques and composting techniques

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Preschool lesson plans by Growing Minds

by Growing Minds Program -- Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Program (ASAP) | 13-Jan-2021

Exploring local food and farms with your young learners doesn’t have to be challenging! These preschool lesson plans are an easy way to build connections between the outdoor environment and the classroom while introducing children to new fruits and vegetables.

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NC Seasonal CACFP Cycle Menus

by NC CACFP -- Nutrition Services Branch, Division of Public Health, NC Department of Health and Human Services | 13-Jan-2021

Seasonal menus (meeting CACFP and NC DCDEE requirements) featuring NC produce. The menus include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks with links to standardized recipes. A blank template is also available to customize the menus to your facility.

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Nurture Young Children's Health and Curiosity During COVID-19

by The University of Tennessee’s Maternal & Child Health Nutrition Leadership Trainee program, Association of State Public Health Nutritionists, National Farm to School Network | 28-Aug-2020

This resource and accompanying website offer reasons why farm to ECE can be helpful during the challenges and uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic and provides tips for putting farm to ECE into action.

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The Significance of Farm to Early Care and Education in the Context of COVID-19

by National Farm to School Network and Association of State Public Health Nutritionists | 16-Jun-2020

This resource lists reasons why farm to ECE is even more relevant during a pandemic and a post-pandemic world in supporting providers in meeting the needs of children and families. This information can provide talking points and help you connect to interested providers, families, communities, and stakeholders to help build or rebuild farm to ECE initiatives and activities.

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Farm to Early Care and Education: Toward a Shared Language

by Michigan Farm to ECE Network | 12-May-2020

Farm to early care and education (ECE) happens where early care and education and food systems meet. Although we are often working towards the same goals, it can be difficult for food systems and early care and education to communicate because there is not a shared language. This resource from Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems aims to begin a conversation between early care and education providers and food systems practitioners to work towards developing a shared language and fuller understanding of the common purpose we are working towards.

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