Explore stories below to learn how champions across Washington State have built and grown farm to ECE programs in their communities.
Children attending the Suquamish Tribe’s Marion Forsman-Boushie Early Learning Center learn about traditional foods through fun activities like creating salmon dip, participating in an annual clambake, and reading children’s books on indigenous foods.
The early learning program Tiny Tots, through the support of Seattle’s Farm to Table program, focuses on building relationships with the community and increasing healthy food access through field trips, in-kind donations, and their free farmer’s market stands stocked with produce from local farms and their own gardens.
Food For All, a nonprofit supported by Catholic Charities Eastern Washington, have successfully built community partnerships with organizations such as the Spokane Regional Health District and the food hub LINC Foods that enable them to support Head Start centers serve local foods and maintain a school garden.
By starting small and building lasting partnerships, Skagit/Islands Head Start in Skagit and Island Counties is successfully bringing nutrition education and local produce to children and families.
Located in Skagit Valley, Viva Farms is a non-profit Farm Business Incubator and Training Program. Their goal is to lower the barriers for beginning farmers with limited resources and contribute towards a just local food system. They achieve these goals by working with community partners to bring culturally-relevant local foods and farm to school and ECE programming to early learning programs and school districts.
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