Farm to ECE: Community of Practice

Connect Through our Community of Practice

Learn and share ideas, resources, questions, and best practices with other network members across Washington about gardening, sourcing local food, education, and other food & agriculture topics in ECE settings. Our Community of Practice cultivates connection among farms and ECE settings to work towards an equitable, environmentally responsible food system. Connection is driven through a listserv and regular conference calls. The Washington State Department of Health is the lead organization for this Community of Practice.

Join our Community of Practice and email listserv by following these steps:

  • Click on “Join the Network” in the red toolbar at the top of this page
  • Complete the “Washington State Farm to School Network Membership Form” and select “Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE)” as your Community of Practice
  • Members can email the listserv by sending a message to this email address:
  • You can also join the listserv by registering here

Conference Calls

Upcoming conference calls (register here for the series):

  • January 24, 2023 – Cancelled
  • April 25, 2023 – ECE provider survey preliminary results
  • July 25, 2023 – WA F2ECE Strategic Plan and Priorities post FIG
  • October 24, 2023 – Topic TBD

Past conference calls (recordings can be streamed):

  • July 25, 2023 – WA F2S Network Gathering highlights, Post FIG plans, tips and tricks for getting little ones to try and eat new foods, how to get childcare centers to farms (Video)
  • April 25, 2023 – Review of statewide provider survey results (Video)
  • October 25, 2022 – Ideas for Promoting and Participating in Washington’s Farm to CACFP Week (Video)
  • July 26, 2022 – Taking Farm to ECE Outdoors – Integrating Outdoor Nature-Based Learning with Farm to ECE (Video)
  • April 26, 2022 – How to Get Started with Gardening for Your Program (Video)
  • January 25, 2022 – Networking Opportunities in the Community of Practice. Video
  • October 26, 2021 – WSDA Local Foods Purchasing Grants. Video
  • July 27, 2021 – Farm to ECE Success Stories. Audio or Video
  • April 27, 2021 – Connecting Early Learning Programs with Farms and Farmers. Audio or Video
  • January 26, 2021 – Virtual Experiential Education Opportunities for Farm to ECE. Audio or Video
  • Sept. 16, 2020 – COVID-19 Resources for Farm to ECE. Audio or Video
  • March 18, 2020 – Networking and partner updates. View the recordings
  • September 4, 2019 – Featuring Catholic Charities of Eastern Spokane’s Food For All Program. Audio or Video
  • July 3, 2019 – Networking and partner updates: Audio or Video
  • March 6, 2019 – Featuring Central Spokane YMCA’s Learning Garden. Audio or Video
  • January 9, 2019 – Featuring Skagit/Island Head Start and ECEAP. Audio or Video
  • November 7, 2018 – Featuring Farm Stand Local Foods and the City of Seattle Farm to Table Program. Audio or Video

Current Farm to ECE Community of Practice Member Organizations

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