Farm to ECE: Our Work

Harvest for Healthy Kids Educational Cards

The Department of Health has a limited number of Harvest for Healthy Kids picture card sets in English and Spanish that can be sent to programs to support farm to ECE. Reach out to if you are interested in receiving a pack of cards for your program.

Farm to ECE Statewide Alliance

Comprised of thirteen organizations, the Washington State farm to ECE coalition brings together a committed group of farm to ECE stakeholders who collaboratively work towards growing equitable, sustainable farm to ECE programs across the state.

Alliance Members

  • Adriana Gutierrez, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Alana Springer, Youth Education Program Lead, Snohomish Conservation District
  • Alex Hyman, Nutrition Coordinator, Healthy Eating and Active Living Program, Washington State Department of Health
  • Angela Hedstrom, Community Food Systems Program Manager, Ecotrust
  • Annette Slonim, Farm to School Lead, Regional Markets Program, Washington State Department of Agriculture
  • Brandy MacFarland, Program Manager, Skagit/Island County Head Start and ECEAP, Health Safety and Nutrition
  • Claire Finnerty, Farm to School Purchasing Grant Specialist, Regional Markets Program, Washington State Department of Agriculture
  • Delenee Brugman, Program Coordinator/Early Learning Lead, Child Care Aware NW
  • James Abler, Cultural Specialist, Marion Forsman-Boushie Early Learning Center 
  • Jocelyn Moguin, Food for All Program Manager, Catholic Charities Eastern Washington
  • Kaytlynn Galvez, SNAP-Ed Program Coordinator, WSU Extension Snohomish County
  • Kelly Okumura, Farm to Table Program Manager, Farm to Table Seattle
  • Nichole Garden, Farm to Child Nutrition Program Specialist, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Steve Crider, Farm to School Lead, Viva Farms
  • Victor Colman, Co-Principal, Uncommon Solutions

Farm to ECE Implementation Grant (FIG)

The Washington State Department of Health was awarded funding in the Fall of 2020 from the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN). With this funding, the farm to ECE statewide coalition is implementing eight strategies in an effort to increase awareness, build programmatic capacity, strengthen collaborations, leverage policy, and increase equitable access to farm to ECE. These strategies include:

Farm to ECE success stories

Free online farm to ECE trainings for STARS credits

Farm to ECE self-assessment

View our Strategic Framework and Plan for detailed information on our priority areas and strategies.

For questions, contact Rey Cooley, F2ECE FIG Coordinator.

Farm to ECE Statewide Provider Survey

In January 2023, the Washington Farm to ECE survey was sent to providers through a variety of channels connected to CACFP and Farm to ECE work. The survey aimed to:

  1. Understand Washington’s existing Farm to ECE landscape, modes of current participation, and facilitators to engagement; and
  2. Assess barriers and challenges encountered in implementing activities, supports needed, and opportunities for strengthening Farm to ECE reach.

Additional analysis was conducted to better understand associations between respondent characteristics, the number of Farm to ECE activities they participated in, and the barriers they encountered.

This survey and report are a collaborative effort by the Washington State Department of Health and Uncommon Solutions, Inc with funding and support provided by the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists Farm to ECE Implementation Grant (FIG). ASPHN’s Farm to ECE Implementation Grant (FIG) is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States (U.S.) Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of cooperative agreement number NU38OT000279. The report has been modeled in part, with permission, after the Hawaii Farm to Early Care & Education Statewide Survey Report, published in May 2020.[1]

Executive summary and Infographic available for download.

[1] “Hawai‘i Farm to Early Care and Education Hub – Farm to ECE Survey.”

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