We know it can be difficult to get toddlers and young children to eat their fruits and vegetables. Did you know that introducing a child to gardening and taste tests with fruits and vegetables can increase their consumption of healthy food?
What is Farm to Early Care and Education?
Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE; formerly Farm to Preschool) connects child care providers (preschools, day care centers, family child care homes, Head Start/Early Head Start, etc.) to locally grown, healthy foods.
Farm to ECE provides children with an experiential learning opportunity, which increases their nutritional awareness, while engaging their parents in issues related to child nutrition. Farm to ECE activities include taste tests, edible gardens, menu changes, and planting resources.
Farm to ECE can help improve children’s overall health and development through nutrition and physical activity.
Goals of FTECE:
- Help children develop healthy lifelong eating habits through exposure to gardening, hands-on nutrition education, cooking and local foods.
- Increase access to locally grown, healthy foods.
- Provide gardening opportunities to enhance the quality of the early childcare education experience.
- Create a healthy eating environment which enables children and families to make healthier choices.
Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black visits Little Ones Learning Center
Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black stopped by Little Ones Learning Center during October to celebrate Georgia Pre-K Week. While there, Commissioner Black took a moment to read Click Clack Moo to one classroom and Our Community Garden to another. He also got a first-hand look at the learning center’s on-site garden and took part in a taste test with the kids.
Agriculture and Georgia’s Economy
Agriculture contributed nearly $73.3 billion to the state economy.*
That’s the #1 industry in the state of Georgia.
There were 383,600 agriculture jobs in Georgia in 2016.
That’s 1 in 7 Georgians.
In 2017, farms covered 9.3 million acres in Georgia.
That’s 25% of all the land in the state.
Harvest of the Month: Mushrooms
In April, join Voices for Georgia’s Children and our partners in celebrating Mushrooms as the Farm to ECE Harvest of the Month Vegetable.