“Cultivating healthy habits for our littlest eaters”
– National Farm to School Network
What is “Farm to ECE”?
Farm to Early Care and Education (farm to ECE) promotes child health and well-being and increased access to healthy foods through a collection of strategies that are centered in experiential learning and family and community engagement. The three key strategies of farm to ECE are:
- Local procurement
- Food, nutrition, and agriculture education
Collectively, these strategies can ensure that children of all identities and backgrounds can access and learn about local, nutritious food while supporting the development of a strong, community-based local food system. Farm to ECE strategies extend to all types of ECE settings including early learning centers, family home programs, preschools, Tribal programs, Head Start/Early Head Start, and programs in K-12 school districts.
Explore the pages below to learn more about farm to ECE in Washington and for additional resources:
- Farm to ECE: Gardening
- Farm to ECE: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture Education
- Farm to ECE: Local Procurement
- Getting started with Farm to ECE
- Community Engagement and Cultural Adaptations
- Tribal Traditional Food and Foodways
- Farm to ECE: Spanish Language Resources (español)
- Farm to ECE Success Stories from Washington
- Farm to ECE Free Online Trainings
- Farm to ECE: COVID Resources
- More about our work including information about our statewide alliance and how to order free Harvest for Healthy Kids Picture Card sets (English and Spanish)
Connect Through our Community of Practice
To learn and share farm to ECE related ideas, resources, questions, and best practices with network members across Washington State, join the farm to ECE Community of Practice.
Connect with Farmers
Discover the regional hub directory to find, connect and collaborate with farmers and organizations involved in farm to ECE in your area.