Marin Farm to Early Care and Education
Growing Healthy Kids and Communities
WHAT IS FARM TO EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION?
Farm to early care and education focuses on buying and using fresh and local food
in your early child care program as well as introducing fun activities around nutrition and gardening.
WHY FARM TO EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION?
Helps encourage healthy eating habits.
Provides education and engagement with children, teachers and families.
Builds community connections.
Supports local farmers.
Increases fresh and local food on menus.
FARM TO EARLY CHILHOOD PROGRAM
STEP BY STEP
1. GET STARTED
Learn about seasonal food and growing seasons
Finds ways to incorporate local foods into your menus and learn new recipes
2. BUILDING CONNECTION AND COMMUNITY
Connect with locals farms and vendors
Build a farm to the early education team and connect with other organizations for support
3. CHOOSE PRODUCTS AND VENDORS TO WORK WITH
Ask vendors about their product availability, growing practices and prices.
4. PURCHASE LOCAL FOOD
Create activities, taste test and enjoyment around local food
LOCAL PURCHASING OPTIONS AND RESOURCES
FAMILY CHILD CARE HOMES
Purchase from local farmers markets or farm stands
Join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and purchase weekly boxes.
Start a garden on site. Contact local master gardeners club, Food Corpse AmeriCorps vista or contact HEAL coordinator, Madelene McCann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHILD CARE CENTERS
Purchase directly from farmers
Find local and seasonal foods from specialty distributors or food hub learn more at FEED SONOMA
Ask your food service provider, for a list of local produce (if applicable)
DID YOU KNOW?
USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) funds can be used to purchase local foods. learn more at SONOMA4C.org