Farm to ECE Success Stories

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. 

Traditional Recipes and Activities Teach Early Learners about Their Tribe’s Food and Culture

Las recetas tradicionales y las actividades les enseñan a los pequeños estudiantes sobre la comida y la cultura de su tribu


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.

Growing Vegetables and Community Through Tiny Tots’ Farm to ECE Program

Cultivar verduras y hacer crecer a la comunidad con el programa farm to ECE de Tiny Tots


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.

Spokane Area Partnerships Bring Local Food and Garden Education to Head Start Classrooms

Las asociaciones del área de Spokane traen comidas locales y educación sobre huertas a las aulas de Head Start


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.

From Taste Tests to Doorsteps How Skagit Islands Head Start Has Grown Their Farm to ECE Program

De las degustaciones a los hogares: cómo Skagit/Islands Head Start hizo crecer su programa de farm to ECE


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.

Viva Farms Strengthens Tradition and Pride in Diverse Communities

Viva Farms fortalece las tradiciones y el orgullo en las comunidades diversas


Reach out to chris.mornick@doh.wa.gov to set up a call and share your farm to ECE success story

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