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Farm to ECE: Digging Deeper into Cooking and Nutrition

Boost your Farm to ECE program with expert advice and actionable tips to help your picky eaters. Discover how cooking together provides practice in fine and gross motor skills, cognitive and language skills, social and emotional skills, and science, nutrition, and math concepts. Weave in developmental activities while making healthy snacks and having fun.

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Sowing Seeds of Impact: USDA Farm to School Grants

Interested in applying for a Farm to School grant but don’t know where to start? Learn the requirements and how to apply for the Patrick Leahy Farm to School Program Grant. Hear from the awardees of this prestigious grant as they share their application process, how they made themselves stand out, and ways they implemented the grant in their program.

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Growing Healthy Foundations: Farm to ECE Made Easy

Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) is not limited to traditional farming practices but includes everyday tasks that contribute to children’s learning and development. Explore how simple actions, like buying local produce and promoting healthy eating, align with learning standards for children aged 0-5. Discover how you may already be integrating Farm to ECE into your daily routine. 

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Enriching Learning Outdoors with Farm to ECE

Wondering how to make broccoli more tasty, bring the classroom outdoors, and achieve early learned standards by counting caterpillars? Farm to ECE programs are innovative, evidence-based approaches that give young children increased opportunities to learn about nutrition and agriculture, exposure to local produce, and hands-on learning through gardening.

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Advancing Farm to ECE: From Seed to Sprout

Research shows that as a child’s brain is forming, so are their food preferences. These preferences become habits as they grow and are formed based on their food exposure, experiences, and environments. Farm to Early Care & Education initiatives offer increased access to healthy, local foods, gardening opportunities and food-based activities to enhance the quality of the educational experience.

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Grown for Kids: Farm to Preschool Collaboration

Interactive activities help expand children’s worldview of the food they eat and drink. Discover an innovative collaboration between an early care and education center (ECE) in Connecticut and a working farm. This unique partnership provides children and their families with an insider’s view of the complex journey from farm to table.

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Feed the Soil: Let’s Compost!

Reports from the CDC reveal concerning statistics: each day 50% of children do not eat vegetables and 33% do not eat fruits. Surprisingly, the introduction of composting can have a positive impact on children’s willingness to try vegetables and fruits, as understanding their lifecycle encourages them to try new produce. Discover how a NY Head Start program incorporated composting to promote healthier eating.

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Growing CACFP Beyond the Kitchen

The educational and developmental benefits of introducing gardening to young children have been well documented. However, because providers have many responsibilities, gardening lessons often receive limited attention and occur only one to two hours per month. Explore how food service providers within CACFP facilities can expand their kitchen roles to increase children’s exposure to gardening.

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Farm to Child: Educational Standard Alignment and Goal Setting

Farm to Child works to increase opportunities for children ages 0-5 to cook, taste, grow and connect with nutritious local foods while engaging ECE professionals, families, and communities. Children who experience these core component activities are more likely to develop healthy life-long habits. Learn how Farm to Child in Colorado finds program success with early learning standard alignment and goal setting.

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Exploring One Vegetable, One Community

Are you looking for a new approach to get children and families excited to eat vegetables? Discover One Vegetable, One Community (OVOC), a program designed to inspire child care providers, Head Start staff, families, and others in the community to grow the same kind of vegetable. Discover learning activities to encourage children to eat the vegetable they are growing.

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