Farm to Early Child Care Mini Webinar Series
Date: November 28, 2016 — June 14, 2017 — 1:00 pm
The 2016-2017 Farm to ECE Mini-Webinar Series is a series of 12 webinars that will cover various topics in Farm to ECE. Webinars will be 15 minutes of presented material with time for questions and answers following.
This series is designed for early childhood program staff including food service directors, cook staff, administration, teachers, and family day care home providers, and can also be beneficial for those seeking to support farm to ECE efforts.
Schedule includes webinar descriptions and links to register for each webinar: Farm to ECE Mini-Webinar Series
November 28, 2016 1:00 pm - Introduction to Farm to ECE
The first of the series will be held next Monday, November 28 at 1:00 pm, and will provide an overview of Farm to Early Care and Education. The webinar will include an overview of Farm to ECE efforts and resources available to help support programs looking to increase their early purchasing efforts.
November 30, 2016 1:00 pm – Strategies for Introducing New Foods
The second webinar in the series will be presented by Julie Alpers. Julie is the chef at Leelanau Children’s Center, which has been a MI Farm to School Grant Program grantee since 2013. Leelanau Children’s Center purchases much of their food from local farms, and this webinar will highlight successful strategies they’ve used to introduce children to new local foods.
December 14, 2016 1:00 pm - Introduction to Local Procurement
Local procurement is a central component of Farm to ECE. This webinar will cover a brief overview of local purchasing options. There will also be a brief overview of rules and regulations that pertain to local purchasing in early childhood programs. This is the third installment in the Farm to ECE mini-webinar series.
January 11, 2017 1:00 pm - Local Food Purchasing pt 1: Purchasing from Farmers
This webinar will cover the basics of purchasing directly from a farmer for early childhood program. The webinar will cover the process of working with farmers including how to find farmers and strategies for successful relationships. This is the fourth in the Farm to ECE Mini Webinar Series.
February 1, 2017 1:00 pm - Local Food Purchasing pt 2: Purchasing from Food Hub
A food hub is a business or organization that aggregates and distributes local food. This webinar will cover the basics of working with a food hub, including how to find a food hub and the benefits for early childhood programs of sourcing local through a food hub. This is the fifth in the Farm to ECE mini webinar series.
February 23, 2017 1:00 pm - Local Purchasing part 3: Purchasing from a Broadline Distributor
Many broadline distributors are providing more information about the local food products they source and how customers can easily access them. This webinar will cover the how-tos of local food purchasing from your broadline distributor in early childhood programs and provide tools for programs to easily increase the amount of food they purchase locally.
March 9, 2017 1:00 pm - Early Childhood Gardens for Experiential Learning
Gardens can be a great way to connect children to local food in farm to ECE programs. Kristen Salem from Adventures Learning Center will share her strategies for building gardens into early childhood education and how it's helped support their local food purchasing efforts.
March 29, 2017 1:00 pm - Seasonal Menu Planning
Adapting menus to locally available products is an important part of farm to ECE. In this webinar, Becky Kwasteniet, chef at Baxter Children's Center, will share their approaches to developing menus seasonally according to Michigan production. This is the eight webinar in the Farm to ECE webinar series.
April 19, 2017 1:00 pm - Taste Tests with Local Foods
Purchasing more local foods can often bring in foods that are new or unusual to children in early childhood programs. This webinar will highlight an approach to taste tests that has helped increase children's willingness to try new foods in one program. This is the ninth segment in the Farm to ECE Webinar Series.
May 10, 2017 1:00 pm - Creating Culturally Relevant Farm to ECE Programs
Food and culture are linked, and farm to ECE programs can be tools in celebrating cultural diversity. Learn about how Farm to ECE efforts support culturally relevant programs. This is the tenth segment in the Farm to ECE Webinar Series.
May 31, 2017 1:00 pm - Farm to ECE Lesson Plans
Early childhood provides a natural platform to integrate local food purchasing and classroom education. This webinar will cover opportunities to bring local food into early childhood education. This is the eleventh segment in the Farm to ECE Webinar Series.
June 7, 2017 1:00 pm - Engaging Parents in Farm to ECE programs
Engaging parents in early childhood learning can be an important component of programming. Farm to ECE can provide opportunities for deep engagement that supports children and families. This is the twelfth and final segment in the Farm to ECE Webinar Series.