Farm to Early Care and Education Webinar Series
The 2016-2017 Farm to ECE Mini-Webinar Series is a series of 12 webinars covering various topics in Farm to ECE. 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.
This webinar series is hosted by Abby Harper, Farm to School Specialist, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
- Introduction to Farm to ECE
- Strategies for Introducing New Foods
- Introduction to Local Procurement
- Local Food Purchasing pt 1: Purchasing from Farmers
- Local Food Purchasing pt 2: Purchasing from Food Hub
- Local Purchasing part 3: Purchasing from a Broadline Distributor
- Early Childhood Gardens for Experiential Learning
Introduction to Farm to Early Care and Education
November 28, 2016
This is the first in a 12-part series on Farm to Early Care and Education, which centers around efforts to purchase and utilize local food in early childhood programs. This webinar is an overview of Farm to Early Care and Education program components as well as the benefits to incorporating local foods.
The second webinar in the series is 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 highlights successful strategies they’ve used to introduce children to new local foods.
Farm to ECE Webinar Series: Strategies for Introducing New Foods Webinar Slides
The third webinar in the series focuses on why local procurement is a central component of Farm to ECE. This webinar covers a brief overview of local purchasing options. There is a brief overview of rules and regulations that pertain to local purchasing in early childhood programs.
The fourth in the Farm to ECE Mini Webinar Series covers the basics of purchasing directly from a farmer for early childhood program. It also covers the process of working with farmers including how to find farmers and strategies for successful relationships.
The fifth webinar in the series cover the basics of working with a food hub, which is a business or organization that aggregates and distributes local food. This webinar includes how to find a food hub and the benefits for early childhood programs of sourcing local through a food hub.
The sixth webinar in the series covers 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.
Gardens can be a great way to connect children to local food in farm to ECE programs. Kristen Salem from Adventures Learning Center shares her strategies for building gardens into early childhood education and how it's helped support their local food purchasing efforts.
Author(s): Abby Harper
Date: November 28, 2016