We’ve gathered the standout resources developed this past year by National Farm to School Network and farm to ECE partners across the country to celebrate all of the fantastic work the farm to ECE community has accomplished. Explore the National Farm to School Network website’s resource database for more farm to ECE resources. If you've developed great farm to ECE resources this year and would like to share them with the farm to ECE community, send them to Sophia (Sophia@farmtoschool.org).
National Farm to School Network Blog Posts
- Creative Opportunities for Funding Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE): USDA Farm to School Grant
- Farm to ECE 10th Anniversary Celebration: The New Leaders
- Farm to ECE 10th Anniversary Celebration: The Early Leaders
- Creative Opportunities for Funding Farm to ECE: Sugar Sweetened Beverage Taxes
- Creative Opportunities For Strengthening Farm to ECE Through Emerging Federal Funding Streams
- How Schools and Early Care Sites Served as Hubs for Food Access During COVID-19
- Innovations in Farm to ECE: Growing the Next Generation of Providers
- Innovations in Farm to CACFP: Colorado's CACFP Matchmaking Survey
- Innovations in Farm to CACFP: Arizona's CACFP Farm Fresh Challenge
- Innovations in Farm to CACFP: Iowa's Incentive Pilot Program
- Farm to Early Education Self-Assessment by the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) and the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN)
Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) is a set of activities that include purchasing and serving local foods, gardening (indoors or outdoors), and food and agriculture education activities. This Farm to ECE Self-Assessment is designed to help ECE providers and those who work with ECE providers assess their current farm to ECE practices and develop goals and action plans to grow farm to ECE at their site. Available in both English and Spanish.
- Leveraging Local Food Incentive Policy to Benefit Children and Producers: Lessons from the D.C. Healthy Tots Act by the National Farm to School Network and Research Triangle Institute International
This new report examines how HTA and the Local5 component influence ECE site local food purchasing practices and impact local food intermediaries and local producers, with a focus on HTA impacts on low-income children and children of color as well as Black, Indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC) producers. Based on the successes and challenges of HTA implementation identified through key stakeholder interviews, ECE provider surveys, and participation data analysis, the authors outline key recommendations for developing more impactful and equitable local food incentive policies for ECE settings.
- Lessons from the COVID-19 Experience: Innovations and Strategies for Farm to Early Care and Education Implementation in States and Communities by the Policy Equity Group and the National Farm to School Network, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
This brief captures how farm to early care and education (ECE) efforts at the state and community levels were initially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Informed by the experiences of food and early childhood partner organizations in five states – Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin – the brief documents the systemic impacts of COVID-19 and the federal response from a farm to ECE perspective; describes how farm to ECE partner organizations adapted to the new context during the initial months of the pandemic; and provides recommendations for how states and communities can sustain the successful strategies implemented during the pandemic.
- Farm to Early Care Sourcing Strategies by Georgia Organics
Infographic report on local food sourcing best practices, challenges, and successes from a 2019-2021 research project tracking the activities of four Georgia ECE purchasers.
- Local Foods: Child Care Center Fruit & Vegetable Gardening Series by the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) in collaboration with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and NC Cooperative Extension
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
- North Carolina State University Farm to ECE Purchasing Guide and Decision Tree by the North Carolina State University
This guide and decision tree can be used to support and advance local food purchasing in ECE sites. This NC Cooperative Extension publication will be useful for child care centers and technical assistance providers who are trying to figure out the best way to purchase local food for meals and snacks for their centers.
- Pint Size Produce - Easy to Use Activities for Early Childhood by Renewing the Countryside
Pint Size Produce features produce and products grown in the midwest. Each activity suite includes an activity plan, a parent handout, and a half page flier highlighting key information. They are available in PDF as well as PowerPoint formats so providers and others can modify to meet their needs.