Farm to ECE: Community Engagement, Tribal Resources & Cultural Adaptations

Family and community engagement both contribute to building impactful farm to ECE programs. Engaging families not only creates excitement and investment into farm to ECE, but connects the early learning and home environments to reinforce children’s learning. Working with the community can lead to valuable opportunities to connect others to your program through invitations for field trips, volunteering, and donations. Newsletters, building a website, sharing your story with the local news, and creating a success story are wonderful ways to promote your program.

Engaging in activities that reflect the families of the children you work with can help make farm to ECE relatable and can be a powerful tool to teach children about their culture or share their culture with others. Many curriculums listed on the Food, Nutrition, and Agriculture Education page contain family engagement components such as parent newsletters and take home activities. Below are resources to help bring your families and community into the classroom and meet the needs of the families you serve.

Cultural Adaptations and Racial Equity

Tribal Resources

  • Eagle Books series of four books, following Rain That Dances and his friends as they learn about traditional ways of being healthy from a wise eagle and his animal friends. Download the books and the coloring pages, or order a copy, all for free
  • Traditional Foods Book List This list of books highlights stories that educate young children on Tribal foods, place, and tradition
  • Qaqamiiĝux̂ Traditional Preschool Curriculum Series of culturally-relevant lessons and activities specific to the foods in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands region of Alaska
  • Harvest of the Moon A cultural adaptation of the Harvest of the Month for the Menominee Tribe. The Harvest of the Moon was created to strengthen connections to food through the integration of Menominee language, Moons, art, and Indigenous recipes. Includes a poster for each month with the food, the Menominee and English name, and the Menominee moon that correlates with the month; traditional recipes; learning activities; Menominee teachings around each food; harvest and storage information; tips to adapt activities to virtual learning and coloring sheets
  • Alaska’s Tundra-to-Table cooking series is designed to celebrate the benefits of wild, Alaskan superfoods. The series demonstrates how to make simple, healthy dishes using ingredients that are readily available in villages, both from the tundra and the store
  • Since Time Immemorial Early Learning Curriculum A curriculum designed by Native Early Learning educators for all early learners in Washington State. Consists of three lessons related to tribal sovereignty, local tribal history, and contemporary issues as related to Tribes of Washington State
  • Since Time Immemorial Book List Includes nature-based books focusing on the plants and animals indigenous to the land
  • Indigenous Foods in Early Care and Education National Farm to School Network’s webinar, including indigenous foods in CACFP
  • Community Food Systems in Native Communities Webinar on incorporating traditional foods into child nutrition programs

Family and Community Engagement

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